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.

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7 Responses to Frustration

  1. Karl Thienes says:

    Hi Robert,

    I’ve had a smiliar bout of frustration (check out my 7/7/03 post).

    I believe that intelligent, challenging, and civil discussion is possible in the Christian blogging world…but it is rare. All I can do is try to be as well informed and courteous as I can and pray that others will be working on these virtues as well in their writing.

    This whole issue is something that intrigues me….

  2. Ray says:

    I am with ya man… It has driven me away from online discussions a number of times. I guess I forget the pain and give it another try every 6 months or so. I am still looking for the place to have good in depth discussions without the violence. Try not to let what other people do frustrate you. It’s hard but you have to brush the dust off and move on without letting them infect you. You have to be stronger than they are. I believe that we will be judged just as much for how we handle ourselves as we are for whether we are right on any given topic. That means two chances to win… make sure you win the one you can control because you will never have perfect knowledge.

  3. Stick with it, your voice is needed.

  4. I echo Josh. Keep blogging.

    After all, it would be a great loss to the blogosphere if any blogger who links to me twice in one week stopped blogging. ;)

  5. Darren says:

    hang in there – we all get like that from time to time.

    The challenge is to allow these feelings to shape our own actions. ie how will you now blog as a result of coming to this place? how will it impact the words you speak and attittudes you have and the way you treat other bloggers.

    I enjoy reading your blog and hope you continue!

  6. Thanks for your encouragement. It really meant a lot.

    Now, back to our regularly scheduled program.

  7. Mac Swift says:

    Boy I hope I’m not one of those Christian blogs you thought were nasty. :-O

    Don’t forget the most popular political blogs are not run by Christians, even if many may have conservative leanings. Heck some of the Christian blogs are not run by Christians either. ;-)

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