Someone said something kind of ugly about my eBook the other day and it hurt my feelings.
Actually, to be more accurate, reading it kind of sucked the breath right out of me. And I wondered, "why?" Why would someone take the time to say something negative about my book in a way that the whole world could see. It wasn't something negative about the content or heart of my book, just a cruel statement I'm guessing was deliberately meant to take my breath away.
I immediately went to Twitter and started typing but I knew I couldn't publish my first response. I deleted and tried again. And deleted and tried again. And again and again and again. I did end up tweeting something about what had just happened...but the actual words that went out to the general public were nothing like those first ones I really wanted to tweet.
Because I had a realization...a Holy Spirit moment of restraint. Consider this:
As Christian bloggers, we are held to a different standard than those who don't share our faith. Freedom of speech, brutal honesty in the name of #JustSaying, and feeling the need to share our opinions about everything just do not apply to the Christian blogger, no matter what our niche.
We are ambassadors for Christ. So perhaps it would help to take a look at how Jesus responded when he was mocked, spit on, and hurt just for the sake of hurting.
"And the high priest stood up and said, 'Have you no answer to make? What is it these men testify against you?' But Jesus remained silent." ~Matthew 26:62-63
Friends, as Christian bloggers, the most important thing we can do is represent Christ and His Word well.
When we're feeling the desperate need to share "our side of the story" let's ask ourselves why. Is it because we want to avenge ourselves? Is it because we want the other party to feel the same pain we are and hold them publicly accountable for their sin? Kingdom blogging demands something different.
"Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” ~Exodus 14:13-14
I beg you Christian friends in the blogging community. Apply the Word of God and it's instructions for life to your blog. Shake off the feeling of freedom that blogging brings. Freedom to say what you want, how you want. Freedom to hurt others and criticize them publicly instead of following the guidelines of Matthew 18. Freedom to say whatever is on your mind at the moment without first submitting it to the lens of Scripture.
Freedom to sin?
Today's techno world makes it very easy to be accountable to a large number of co-laborers who share your vision and heart. But it also makes it easy to feel like you have the right and the perfect place to shout out your opinions because you have a "right" to your own feelings.
We don't. We've been bought. Paid for. Loved with an everlasting love and set upon a rock.
"So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." ~Philippians 2:1-11
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