I have been absent from the blogging world for a while, and I wanted to share some incites that I feel I have received while I was working on other projects. Blogging can be a great ministry, but there are things we need to do in order in make sure we are bring God the Glory.
1. Promote peace with blogging. Too often we do “drive by” comments. We don’t take the time to understand the writer’s perspective, we read the title and the first three lines, then comment. Most of the time, the statements we make are in error and we cause conflict. Don’t cause conflict because you are too lazy to read the entire article.
2. Do your homework. Make sure you know what you are talking about before you say something. I admit I have been guilty of this. Don’t make stuff up, someone will call you on it.
3. Don’t make blogging your primary ministry. For Heaven Sake, do something besides sitting in your mother’s basement in a housecoat blogging. Be involved in your local church, do some mission work, teach a Bible Study. Even Dave Miller preaches a few times a week and leads a Bible Study here and there.
4. Use the Bible in context. I am pretty sure that God hates it when we use Bible verses like bullets to shoot holes in each other. If you are using one Bible verse to trump another Bible verse, someone isn’t exegetical well. Non-Christians think the Bible is full of contradictions, and it’s no wonder. They read our blogs.
5. Use your head. This should go without saying, but come on. If someone is being sarcastic, then don’t get all offended and serious. If someone makes a general statement, don’t take it personally. If you don’t have to get offended (and you don’t), then don’t get offended. If someone writes something you disagree with, then tell them “I disagree with. . . . because of .. . . ” Don’t say “you are a bad person and you hurt me and I think you are an evil liberal”. That’s just. . . well it makes the rest of us look bad.
Blogging is education, productive and sometimes even fun. Just make sure you use it as a blog, it’s not a soap box (like I’m doing now) or a political platform or a place to air your grievances. Read, comment, make some friends, share your views, encourage and for the love, Blog for God’s glory!