christianity, Online Living

Blogging for Jesus Me

My wife nonchalantly posed a serious question to me recently, as she looked at some notes for future blog posts, “You have so many good things to say…why do you sit in front of a computer and blog them, instead of going out and sharing them with people who need Jesus?”

I’m always up for some harsh self-examination, so I really pondered how I could answer this, and justify my relatively reclusive lifestyle.  I’m not reclusive because I blog, let me get that straight.  I don’t sit at home wishing I was elsewhere, but I just have to get this post written.  I blog because I find it enjoyable, and I like the web development aspect of it (I’m a geek, what can I say?).  And I just happen to be rather introverted.  But this got me thinking on how blogging fits in with God’s great commission to go out and win the world.

I believe if harnessed properly, the internet could be a tremendous tool in reaching the world with the Gospel.  I have yet to see anyone actually accomplish this, however.  Surely our blogs, much of which debate the finer points of religious doctrine, are not effective conduits for the Gospel of Salvation to reach a lost person.  On the contrary, I would submit that should a spiritually-curious non-Christian stumble into our blogosphere, they may find so many contradicting statements, arguments, and debates, that they would be turned off to the Gospel.  I’m not criticizing any one person here, as I’ve engaged in a few debates myself on the internet, for better or worse.  But do these benefit the Kingdom of God?  I don’t believe so.  At best, it seems like the proverbial “peeing contest,” and at worse is actually a divisive force in the church.

Those criticisms out of the way, I will also admit that there have been several times that I have read a blog and felt personally challenged to better my walk with God.  I have been convicted, encouraged, and enlightened on many different kinds of topics in regards to my faith, and living it out in this world.  More than once, I can probably even say that my prayer and bible study times have profited from some things I’ve read.  And many of us just write to share our thoughts, and experiences, in our Christian walk.  If we find something interesting while studying the Bible, we share it with other Christians through our blog . . . and I would even say that is very Biblical.  It’s the 21st century version of Acts 2:46.

For some people, I imagine, this online community is the only place they feel like that have that fellowship.  But is this a healthy situation for the Christian and the Kingdom of God?  I think not.  Our highest calling is to fulfill our Great Commission, to go out and win the world.  While theoretically possible, I find it highly doubtful that blogging will do that.  A Christian, full of love, caring and helping someone in need, and sharing the Gospel with them, will do that, though.  I’m not saying don’t blog, but I encourage you to keep it in its place.  Instead of debating, let’s all encourage each other to go out and win souls for Jesus!  Let’s keep sharing our experiences, encouraging each other, and growing together, but let the fruit of that be evident in our profitability for the Kingdom of God.

I’m very interested to hear your thoughts on this, as I don’t believe myself to be the authority on the effectiveness of blogging as a witnessing tool.  But I also want to issue a challenge to every blogger reading this post, which I intend to participiate in with you:  Witness to, or share the gospel with 1 person for each blog post you write this week.

I, personally, get very excited when I think about the great things that we can all accomplish together for the Kingdom of God.  Let’s make the Christian blogging movement responsible for souls being brought into the Kingdom of God, and not just a lot of interesting articles for other Christians.

If you’re taking the challenge, leave a comment, or trackback here with a story of how it went!

3 thoughts on “Blogging for Jesus Me

  1. You’re absolutely right. I blog but don’t witness enough for Jesus. Before I kept journals of what God was showing me in my times with him, from prayer and reading the Word. Now I also put it online, but often wonder what good it’s doing. The journals were the greatest breakthrough for me in terms of a closer relationship with God, but I don’t know that blogging has added much to that. I have been encouraged and challenged however in my walk through reading the posts by other Christians, such as yourself.

  2. I have two blogs and both are populated more by non-Christians than Christians. That’s not something that came about on purpose; it’s just how it happened. We end up having some excellent conversations due to things I post (or due to things that others post that I respond to). Our discussions are certainly not limited only to discussions of a religious nature. We share pictures of our kids with each other, have discussions on current events, debate politics, etc. But there’s also an attitude of trust and respect for each other that we’ve developed (partly because we Have disagreed on things, but remained friends and partly because we share things (like pics of the kids) that simply aren’t things you debate on — they’re things that build friendships).

    It’s been this way with my original blog ( barefootmeg.multiply.com ) for years, but I recently started my second blog ( dandelion.multiply.com ) for two reasons. 1) I wanted to focus in on some spiritual topics but I wanted to allow my non-Christian friends the choice to opt in on getting notices about those posts. I didn’t want to force it on them. I’ve been impressed that even an outspoken atheist friend opted in. 2) But I think my second point speaks more directly to what you’re talking about here. I’m like you in that I enjoy interacting with people online. I’m an introvert and prefer good discussions among small groups of people or perhaps slightly larger groups online. But as you pointed out, blogging, as a Christian, isn’t just about evangelism. There’s also discipleship — a chance for us to sharpen each other as iron sharpens iron. Granted, I think a lot of this happens in real life within congregations and we certainly shouldn’t give up the congregational interactions in favor of the virtual. But I know that a lot of stuff that I write about on my blogs would put the folks in my congregation to sleep. They’re simply not interested. But *I’m* interested and even find them to be important to learn and study and dialogue on. And for that purpose, blogging can be really helpful. I find that good, solid, intense discussions can really spur me on in my studies, can provide me with differing view points to consider, and can help me to better define what I believe and why I believe it and even how I’m going to act on it.

  3. Thanks to both of you for your comments and thoughts. I definitely agree that blogging is a great tool for discipleship. I’m interested to know: Do you believe Blogging / Internet in general can be used as an effective tool for witnessing and sharing the Gospel?
    If you weren’t a believer, what would you like to see that you would actually take the time to interact with, to learn more about the Christian faith…or would you at all?
    I think the Gospel is meant to be shared personally with others, and maybe the best way it can happen online is just what you’ve described, Barefoot Meg, interacting with other interests, and segueing into discussions about beliefs and God.

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