I have been blogging now for nearly 6 years. This series is born out of what I’m experiencing within my blogging community. During these years of blogging, I have watched as Evangelical bloggers have splintered over their liberal and conservative views. I have also watched as some have been quite brave and bold in their stance – to the point of being mean. This has made the blogging world less friendly than you might know. You might see pictures from our conferences where we are hugging and smiling and sharing platforms – uniting around the gospel – but there is a dark underbelly to this blogging world that no one talks about.
There are “thought” leaders with strong personalities who have told the conservatives to essentially sit down and be quiet. Times have changed. Our old traditional views are no longer culturally relevant and it’s time the church woke up and saw this.
Now if the conservatives were talking about gray areas like length of skirt or dancing…I’d agree. But we are talking about doctrinal issues here.
I have seen many conservatives use scripture to defend themselves and often the — “they will know we are Christians by our love” trump card is played and the blogger is silenced.
Some call silence — giving grace.
Grace is a virtue.
Therefore, silence has become a virtue.
Now don’t get me wrong – I am not saying that the conservatives have handled issues correctly – NO ONE is sinless here. And I have experienced some very very kind and gracious – left leaning Evangelicals who I love dearly. But what I have seen is a desire for unity (which is a scripturally commanded) placed above speaking truth to those who teach false doctrine (also a scriptural command).
This is very tricky friends.
I like to write about marriage and parenting…it’s awfully risky to write on cultural topics BUT these cultural issues –affect our marriages and our parenting.
And I feel caught in the middle most days watching the twitter wars fly through my feed. I have a million thoughts but am so fearful to offend…to lose friends…to be seen as “intolerant”…and I look around and many in my circle are silent. They don’t want to offend either (or they do not feel called to address these issues – which I understand). We want to be “seen” as grace-filled Christ followers. And I feel like the ONLY way for me to be this, is to be silent.
But I remember a time when I was brave and bold. In high school, I devoured Josh McDowell and Ravi Zacharias books that were written on how to defend the faith. I was fearless sharing the gospel. So much so, that I ended up at the Moody Bible Institute enrolled in the Evangelism and Discipleship program.
The courses I was required to take with this major were awesome. I LOVED it! Besides studying the great Evangelists from history and the myriad of methods for Evangelism and Discipleship – I also took classes like Church History, Apologetics (how to defend our faith), Philosophy, Theology I, II, & III, Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, World Religions, Hermeneutics (Bible Study Methods), Elements of Bible Study (which emphasized the inductive Bible study method, basic principles of biblical interpretation, distinguishing between figurative and literal language, outlining passages and making applications from biblical principles) and a very cool class titled – Bible Introduction (which included the study of the Canon of Scripture, the transmission of the biblical text from the original writings to the many modern versions and an examination of the major critical questions concerning the Bible for defending the faith). I also took a year of Greek as my language class and many more Bible and message preparation classes.
I LOVE scripture –and I know if you follow my blog – you do too!
So I’m going back to my roots friends –I see in our culture that the church is under attack from all sides and yes, even from within.
It’s time I take the most grace-filled stand for truth I can.
Despite the culture today that says truth is subjective, I believe that the Bible is authoritative and we do have absolute truth. And sharing this life-giving truth is not intolerant.
I come to the keyboard longing to lovingly hold out the word of truth in a dark world.
I Corinthians 13:1 says, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”
Let’s not be gongs and cymbals as we speak truth to our neighbors.
In the midst of disunity and divisions amongst the body of Christ – we have Ephesians 4 which gives the solution to this problem:
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
I am not an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher…I’m a blogger…for whatever that is worth. Lol! But this passage in Ephesians tells me that the way we move on to unity and not being infants blown here and there by every wind of teaching is through speaking the truth in love.
Oh this is not going to be easy friends – but I hope you will journey this 8 week path on Mondays with me.
I’d love your feedback – What truths do you think our culture (outside and inside the church) have rejected and what topics would you like to see me address?
And can I ask…am I in a blogging/twitter wars bubble thinking this is more of a problem than it really is?
Are you all experiencing any of these struggles? Because if this is not relevant – I’ll keep it to myself and work through it privately and cut this series short. But if working through these issues together can be of help – I’d love to discuss these things here together..
I’ll see you here this Monday as we start week 1! Pray for me!
Walk with the King,