Monday, July 30, 2007

BLOGGING IN PUBLIC

It can be quite interesting to watch the exchanges that take place on blogs. Perhaps the most interesting to me of all is when someone is told to "put up or shut up". Okay, so that exact phrase is not used very often in Christian blog discourse. But, we do often see someone asked to substantiate their claims or give credence to their statement. We are not surprised at all when someone is asked to "show their cards" so to speak, however, we do tend to act surprised when the challenged will not "ante up". I even find myself chuckling at the myriad of responses that are given when further detail is requested. Sometimes, people even come across as being downright offended when asked for substantiation or clarification.

IF, as a Christian, you are going to use blogdom to further or bring forward a cause, rather than acting offended, lethargic, or self justified when someone asks you to "pony up", please realize that those seeking credibility in your statements are but practicing what Scripture deems to be wisdom. In other words, if you really expect to be taken seriously, be prepared to give a defense for the assertions you have made. WHY?

Proverbs 18:17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbor cometh and searcheth him.

When you go to court as the plaintiff, you are compelled to reveal your case and your evidence. Why should anything less be expected in the court of public arena, or rather what we know it as, blogdom?

And blog reader, you have no less responsibility to seek out the truth than the writer has to present the truth. Before dog piling onto an issue, it would be wise to take heed unto Scripture as well. WHY?

Proverbs 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

May God grant us all knowledge and wisdom to use blogdom as an effective means of pursuing truth as well as reaching the lost, discipling the growing and studying the written Word.

2 comments:

Grosey's Messages said...

Amen! and thanks for the link Luke :)
Steve Grose,
grosey

Luke said...

Steve,
You are quite welcome. I find what you write at times to be quite edifying as well as just plain 'ole interesting. Besides that, if this will not make your pride swell, I really appreciate the kindness you show towards others in your interactions even when you disagree. Hope you are on top of things down under.