4/12/2005

One thing I don’t like about the blogosphere

It seems that more blogs than not are written in such a way that gives rise to contention—the blogger comes from a distinct theological or political or ideological perspective, and the posts are his or her opportunity to rail away at the people who disagree with that perspective.

This seems contrary to Christian community. Last night I led our Oasis group through 1 Peter, chapter 3 where Peter urges all of us to “be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead” (vv. 8-9). Instead of this attitude, many bloggers (and pundits of all stripes: on the radio, in newspaper and magazine articles, in books, and on the cable news networks) come across as belittling (and even, at times, abrasive) toward those with whom they disagree. And I see Christians enjoying these pundits and even emulating their tactics.

But Peter’s model seems to be better: “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience” (vv. 15-16).

Blogging may actually be a genre conducive to not giving well-reasoned answers, since a blog is so short (almost a written “sound-bite”) and thus can lean toward quick and cheap jabs rather than well-reasoned, gentle and respectful statements.

But I hope that Christian bloggers (especially me, since I am sooooo guilty of this!) will learn to blog in a way that reflects the light of the “Kingdom of God,” rather than the darkness of the “Kingdom of Punditry.”

9 comments:

lyricano said...

Sounds like so much relativistic claptrap. If I know something to be True, why should I be humbly give a blessing to those I know to be Wrong?

Rick said...

Lyricano--Because we see through a glass darkly? Because Jesus and the Apostles were able to preach the Truth without belittling and namecalling?

I'm with you, Bob. On the one hand, I try to make my blog (and comments elsewhere) interesting and humorous, but sometimes that's hard to do without being uncharitable. It's a struggle.

lyricano said...

Should not the recognition that we see through a glass darkly lead to the acknowledgement that we cannot make Truth claims? It seems this humility requires the very difficult task of accepting that others' truths have an equal claim.

Bob Robinson said...

Huh?

Which side are you advocating, Lyricano?

I suspect the first comment does not truely match your feelings (just baiting us?).

Truth. Objectivity. Hmmmm....

Gotta blog.

Byron said...

Ah, shut up and get over it, ya pansy wimp pinko...


:)

lyricano said...

I believe what I said in my first entry. But you know it to be true that I am suspicious of anyone making Truth claims. To paraphrase Plato, I know someone is Wrong when they claim to be Right.

Bob Robinson said...

And you know that for sure? Is that the truth?!

Bob Robinson said...

See my post
Jesus said “I am the truth.” And the postmodern said, “What is truth?”
from 4/13/05 above.

p.a.hiles said...

bob,
i hope and pray that my blog also reflects the light of God. I firmly believe that we bloggers can (AND SHOULD) post fun, humorous, and informative blogs without resorting to the tactic of using snide remarks and cheap jabs!
EXCELSIOR!