Being harsh on the blog


Being harsh on the blog


Let’s face it, there are a lot of idiots who comment on blogs.  Some people just take it.  Some people absorb so much crap until they stop temporarily stop posting, or stop blogging.  Some shut off comments.  I prefer to let the idiots know exactly what I think of what they write.  Eventually they leave.  I don’t know where we get this idea that being Christian is being a doormat.  I don’t know where we get the idea that we must endure the constant barbs of those who are not interested in dialogue or learning or change.  I believe that such people destroy the possibility of dialogue and ruin it for others.  My blog is better off without them.

A lot of people have asked me about my recent post about anonymous commenters.  The truth is I haven’t had that many.  No one has recently written anything particularly offensive.  I find people unwilling to stand behind what they say repulsive.  I’ve seen people hurt on blogs because of this.  I’ve seen people hurt in churches and other Christian communities.  I’ve watched too many good pastors get destroyed inside because of people who are unwilling to deal with conflict biblically.  The critics prefer anonymity and passive aggressive politicking.  I think we’ve grown far too tolerant of those who tear down rather than build up.  We’ve come to the point where we can’t use the word “sin” to describe what any one does. 

  1. #1 by Chris P. on November 17, 2004 - 10:36 am

    Leighton,

    I have not commented on your blog in

    awhile, and I am sure I am one of the ones whom you would refer to as an “idiot”. That being said, I will totally agree with your assessment of the anonymous commenters. If you can’t stand by what you say and take the heat for it,then shut up. No one could accuse me of doing otherwise. Conversely, don’t start a blog, or speak out publicly if you are too thin-skinned to take it. Can’t accuse me there either. The offended are as guilty as the offender. Such things feed off themselves.

    I perceive another problem here. Namely,what constitutes sin, or dialogue, or who the “idiots” are, is left up to the subjective pov of each individual. I know you don’t hold to knowing absolute Truth, but if we can’t know, then our GOD is an incredible cheat and/or a liar. So if someone makes a statement I know to be in error

    then I will say they are wrong, emphatically, based solely on the Word.The same applies to speaking out against the “practice” of sin. If I fail to do that, then someone can get in my face and tell me that I’m wrong. Ultimately we have the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures as the only true guides. What is the outcome of dialogue anyway? We all go home feeling good and nothing has changed. Sounds like the UN. Maybe I will be a little nicer to someone on our next encounter, but you are not going to change my mind.(provided I am on solid ground) Vacillating between two opposing beliefs,i.e. being lead around based on the persuasive power of the protagonists, is not open-minded, it’s double-minded.

    Your statement,” I think we’ve grown far too tolerant of those who tear down rather than build up. We’ve come to the point where we can’t use the word “sin” to describe what any one does.” is accurate. I ask, is anonymous backstabbing the only sin that is being tolerated? We are called to the ministry of the prophet in Ezekiel 33. After the word is given, the blood of those spoken to is on their own heads. There is an incredible double standard at work in liberal post-modernity.

  2. #2 by Leighton Tebay on November 17, 2004 - 11:26 am

    Chris P:

    You and I disagree on a lot of stuff but you’ve always been fairly honorable, you acknowledge other peoples points so I don’t think I’d put you in the “idiot” category, not that it should really matter what I think.

    I’d like to respond to your comment about believing in absolute truth. I think the whole liberal/conservative labeling thing does a real disservice to people. I am not 100% sure of everything, but I’m a sure enough about the truth found in the bible to submit to it. I believe that is faith, it is evidence that I act upon that I cannot see. The problem with the modern/rationalist approach to scripture is that there is no room for mystery or faith. Faith is not in God, or the scriptures, but faith is placed the interpreter’s reason.

    I make every effort to understand what biblical authors originally meant and apply it faithfully in my context. There are things that are abundantly clear in scripture, and there are things that are not.

    What I don’t believe is that every principle in the bible is universally applicable or completely understood. I don’t believe that you, or I, or anyone else is fully equipped to understand truth by themselves, even with the Holy Spirit. The church is an essential pillar in the discernment of truth. There is however a place where we go forward in faith that what we do know is close enough to the truth to follow it.

  3. #3 by Chris P. on November 17, 2004 - 3:36 pm

    Only fairly honorable? :-)

    I don’t view absolute Truth as a liberal/conservative thing. My faith is in the Author alone. I do not agree with your statement;

    “I don’t believe that you, or I, or anyone else is fully equipped to understand truth by themselves, even with the Holy Spirit.”

    While I agree that by ourselves was cannot ever know fully, the Holy Spirit brings the understanding. It may take our entire life and then some to gain the understanding, but HE will faithfully complete the work he began. Phillipians 1:6

    Believe me I am no rationalist. The faithwalk is more intense than ever. Actually this post inspired me to post on my own blog.

  4. #4 by Bene Diction on November 18, 2004 - 9:00 am

    I like what you have to say here LT.

    However, I have to back off from calling anyone an idiot – simply because it is too easy for me to do so. I think some people are afraid, some are angry, some are prideful, but that doesn’t make them idiots.

    If I use that term, I use it dismissively, and lose a bit of humanity of my own in doing so.

    That’s always been a tough line for me to walk.

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