Christian Bloggers, Stand Down

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of it.  

Drawing lines in the proverbial sand, delineating one camp from another in the Christian community.  Everyone has an opinion, but do we even know what we are arguing about?

The people who are out on a witch-hunt to burn a repentant pastor at the stake are the same people who change their profile pictures to the Arabic letter “N”.  

Then there are armchair mental health experts who weigh in on debates rising from a celebrity’s death, while at the same time making statements how it’s a shame that one death can overshadow thousands.

The lines in the sand are making me dizzy.

The tragic thing is, this time, it’s not the secular media attacking the church.  They don’t have to do anything.  We are doing the job for them.  We have turned completely inward, and with multiple headline stories floating around, we can take our pick.

And that’s where the trouble lies. We are adding to the chaotic media frenzy. 

Is the only other option to stick our heads in the sand?

No.

Seek God.  

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
— Romans 12:15-16

Here’s the thing.  I don’t go to Mars Hill Church.  Or an Acts 29 church.  Although I have listened to sermons, read his books, and attended conferences, I do not know Pastor Driscoll.
God has not entitled me to an opinion.  

First, I pray for those involved.

The atrocities that are happening in Iraq are much deeper than Muslims going after Christians. 
God has not entitled me to have the one true answer that will solve everything.

First, I pray for those involved.

I don’t have a degree in mental health, nor did I know Mr. Williams personally.
God has not given me the gift of psychically understanding the depths of his heart.

First, I pray for those involved.

Bloggers, find other ways to push traffic to your site.  Dialogue is great.  The written word is powerful.  Social media is useful.  But, we are not called to be the moral police.  What does plastering our opinions all of the internet really accomplish?

If you’re not taking tangible action, such as getting into the nitty-gritty of a local church, befriending the refugee in your neighborhood, or going back to school for Psychiatry, be careful to ‘contend for the faith’ in the online arena.  

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
— Proverbs 16:18

Our heads are so full, yet our hands are so empty.

I pray that we put away our computers, stop hiding behind our screens and keyboards, and get into the real world. Start with prayer for those involved. Then, take it a step further.  

Get more involved in your own church by building relationships and committing to spur one another on (Hebrews 10:24), instead of judging from afar. Don’t have a local church? Find one here.  Get involved with organizations that are truly making a difference on the world stage. Mourn when tragedy faces real life people.

Let us never be wise in our own sight, as Romans 12 :16 warns. May our hearts seek God before we react.

See You In The Round,
Ashley

 

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