Truth In Blogging

Reading a post @true womanhood in the new millennium, there was some musing on who we are in the blogosphere…especially as Christians.

I’m wondering what people think about how the truth, primarily as it relates to the Gospel, should be a factor in online friendships. Both online and in person, I relate to a variety of people – some who claim Christ as Savior and some who don’t. I enjoy reading blogs written by brothers and sisters in Christ and I enjoy blogs that have no faith content at all where I have no way of knowing if the blogger is a Christian or not.

My concern is blogging relationships that explain away or even laugh about fundamental differences of primary doctrines of the historical, orthodox Christian faith (the deity of Christ, salvation through Christ alone, etc.

It ended with some questions:

Is it easier to ignore those differences online? Do we have the same desire to share the Gospel with our blogging friends as we do with our real life ones? How should we relate to bloggers who we would claim as online friends, but are committed to a religious system that we know is false?

Well, I’ll tell you what I think, even though it is just that: my personal opinion.

I think that people in the blogosphere are generally uncomfortable with strongly Christian content unless they are in that demographic themselves… but when in that demographic there is a situation where some of your Christian bloggers just don’t like the controversy you raise, or as is found in all sorts of blogging, you decide to be really provocative and then people will come just to watch the sparks fly. That raises questions in people’s minds, and hopefully in your own, about how Christlike it is to fight and snarl all the time …about everything, just to keep up a persona.

Here is the nitty gritty: it is just like in Real Life™, you have to be true and you have to be real and there just times you have to pay some consequences for that- lose some popularity in order to remain true. You have a choice, numbers or truth, and if by some favor bestowed upon you you have both- GREAT! I just don’t think it should be expected.

I don’t think online criteria for friendship should be any different than that in real life, but perhaps having relationship with those of different creeds has put a different light on the usual criteria. In that case maybe it is time to revisit the presumptions on relating; they should be taken back to your study of the Bible to see what it says in this new situation. You might be surprised how that sweeps away the cobwebs of some of the things we unthinkingly lived by for so much of our lives.

Although, having a primary relationship with Christ Jesus means I could never be a good friend with someone who simply laughed away differences. It is quite a different thing to know, understand, and respect difference and still relate to someone as a friend, than to act like fundamental parts of ourselves aren’t there or simply don’t matter. C’mon… what is that?