When a Christian blogger calls out other Christian bloggers, I always get a little concerned.
I really admire the fiery passion and I’m certain there’s good motives, but I always sense an angry spiteful resentment that just lacks grace and forfeits Christ.
There’s a way to speak to people that just makes you kind of an unhappy jerk and sort of small and hostile.
It’s a dead giveaway that maybe you don’t speak eye to eye with human beings and you’re only used to a cold screen. It’s not that you’re wrong or insincere, but it’s easy to see you’re riding a bandwagon tidal wave to rouse your fanbase-choir.
Dear friend: I love you. So many of you are incredible writers. You might get a lot of “likes” and reblogs and applause from like-minded followers for your hotheaded rant, but the very audience you’re aiming at won’t ever hear you.
No one who reads an angry post that’s intended for them thinks, “Oh wow yeah I never saw it that way before so thank you for entering my life and pointing that out to me in your very aggressive voice.” Try reading your own posts as if you’re a stranger to the church: and maybe you’ll see. It’s not effective.
Please consider that while some cleverly articulated piercing arrows might guilt-trip a few people to modify their behavior, it’s only grace that will cultivate long-term change.
That takes a thoughtful patience to reach people with humility instead of yelling, and will actually require more from you. It requires you to pray graciously over who you’re writing for. It requires a deeper love that stops describing the water we’re drowning in and instead sets us free. It requires you to be like Jesus.
If you are an influential Christian blogger, please tell us not what should be, but what could be. Challenge me to a greater level. Tell me what but also tell me how.
I’m telling you this because I know you can do better and you really could change a whole corner of the universe. My heart hurts for you most because you are so gifted. Please, please, please use your powers for good.