I’m pretty discouraged and frustrated right now.
Until recently, I was more of a political blogger than a spiritual one. The other day I was reading some popular political blogs and four of them in a row were filled with all sorts of nastiness. It wasn’t that I disagreed with the sentiment; I agreed with most of what they wrote. I just thought it was pretty vicious.
I was reminded of a few verses such as Philippians 4:8. So I thought that I’d stop readng the political blogs, and start reading Christian ones.
Unfortunately, those haven’t proven to be a whole lot better. In fact, they are worse.
In my discipleship group this morning, we got into a discussion pretty similar to two discussions I’ve been in recently online. We were blunt, but not hateful. There was no mockery or insults. Nobody swore to never again speak to each other. Nobody was publicly ridiculed.
I don’t think we all came to agreement, but it was certainly profitable and edifying.
1 Corinthians 14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
It seems that even mildly controversial religious topics are not best discussed in print. I’ve seen many of them, in Yahoo clubs, mailing lists, and now blogs, quickly turn pretty nasty. Strangely, unbelievers seem to be quite capable of having civil disagreements online, from what I can tell. But Christians can’t.
John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Maybe blogging is just a bad idea for me.