The gospel is counter cultural. We have seen that since Jesus walked on earth. The Scriptures teach us to hold to what the world considers to be a radical worldview: all people are sinful and we are all facing God’s judgement if unless we trust in Jesus, who came to die for sins and offer forgiveness.
This means that as the world around me becomes more and more hostile to the message I treasure, I have blogged less and less. Blogging takes bravery. Not because I think I’m wrong, but because endless debating does get exhausting, and the Internet is a cruel place for many many people. Not just for twenty something bloggers banging on about Jesus. You only have to look at the rape threats that female video-gamers get, or the way a rainbow cake recipe becomes a comment apocalypse. How can people think this behaviour is acceptable?
So blogging becomes scary. It takes bravery and boldness. Speaking up for what you are convinced of takes bravery at the best of times. But when you are putting your words in a forum where they can be taken and twisted, where few people are reading to understand why you hold your views…
It makes me wonder, what’s the point?
Knowing what to blog, and how to write in a way that engages with culture and evaluates it in light of the gospel, requires a huge amount of wisdom. Saying the wrong thing, or the right thing in the wrong way, can do immeasurable damage. Knowing when to speak up and when to stay silent, and what to say to an audience waiting to twist your words, takes greater wisdom and energy than I have.
And if your blog is simply torn to shreds by readers after all that effort, it can lead you to ask what’s the point? Why pour all that time and energy into blogging when you could be doing other, more worthwhile ministry offline?
It’s tempting to throw in the towel.
Is Christian blogging a waste of time?
Despite all the cons, despite the bravery, wisdom and energy each post requires, despite the arguments, I still don’t think it’s a waste of time.
Christians are still figuring out how to witness online. We make lots of mistakes. Perhaps the answer is not for Christians to step offline and refuse to engage, but for more Christians with the gift of writing to step up and write.
We are quick to call Christians to make sacrifices, to make challenging choices, to move to hard areas and bad neighborhoods for the sake of those nobody else wants to minister to. Do we sometimes think of the internet as a bad neighborhood, where it’s easier to stay silent or stay away? The conversation moved online some time ago. We need more Christians to move in to the conversation too.
I think there are good reasons for Christians to blog. Putting yourself, your thoughts and opinions out there can be scary, especially if they go against the grain. Perhaps what we need is not less Christians blogging, but more…