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!