... from Julian Freeman:
Two weeks ago today, I was frustrated. The Christian twitter / facebook / blog world was in an uproar over a controversial conference that seemed to be all-consuming to many. I let it get to me too.
So on that particular day, I gave in to my frustration, and I posted a controversial blog post. Whether or not it was right, it was emotionally charged and reactionary. And a couple of my friends reminded me that that's not who I am, so I deleted the post.
Since then I've been thinking a little bit about that little 'foray' into reactionary / controversy-stirring kind of blogging. Here are some of my thoughts as I've reflected.
1. Things rarely need to be said so fast
2. Things rarely need to be said by me
3. There is rarely more light than heat when I'm being reactionary
4. There are a lot of warnings about quarrels over words and engaging in controversy
5. A lot of 'hits' and even 'likes' does not equal a lot of positive influence
...it makes me think that if we're consistently engaging in this with other Christians, it's probably because we've stopped fighting the real battle. 'No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him' (2 Tim 2.4).
We please the one who enlisted us when we fight the battle he wants us to fight in the way he wants us to fight it. Not by reactionary-blogging and stirring up more quarrels. I need to let that sink deep into my heart.
The entire post can be read here.