During my September “blog break” I had a couple of days when I couldn’t keep my hands off my blog. Not to add to it—but to subtract!
Sifting my blogging through The Sermon on the Mount (SOTM) left me red-faced-rebuked and pushed me urgently to remove a few posts! They’re still in my computer, for my own record and benefit, but they did. not. belong. in a public forum!
I “re-found” a lot of Christ’s teaching I had been missing—no, disregarding (for wasn’t it there all along, readily available for me to read and apply at any time? And hasn’t it been long familiar to me? Don’t I even know much of it “by heart”?…) I guess you could say it re-found me!
There’s a lot we Christian bloggers can hastily post that would be better left unpublished—okay to say in private, but not to all the world, sometimes not even to any other human…
For one thing, reading Matthew 5 and Matthew 6, right after Matthew 4, brought them all together in context with one another, which I must not have considered before! I now saw Jesus’ teaching on the Mount as the utter antithesis of Satan’s temptations in the wilderness. I also saw that what Christian bloggers, and writers in general, are encouraged (even pressured) to do often seems to lean toward the temptations more than toward Christ’s instructions.
SOTM says do your charitable deeds in secret. Yet we are encouraged, even pressured, to announce our giving and kind deeds before the world!
SOTM says pray in secret. Yet, unthinkingly I’ve described “private” prayer times in the most public way now known to man (blush!) and sometimes even publish the specific words of my “secret” prayer online. (Whoah! Some “secret”!)
SOTM says fast in secret. Yet we give a play-by-play of our experience in fasting. Guilty there, too. 🙁
And so on.
Even as aware as I was of some of these slippery slope errors when I began blogging, I still fell into “running at the keyboard” and hastily hitting “Publish,” in “oblivious” but obvious disobedience to Christ!
The reason, the snare, lies in the very nature of blogging. The word “blog” is a contraction for “biographical log.” Its format is so like personal journaling that we can easily forget we’re telling the world!
Matthew still gives further relevant wisdom, as does Proverbs (about mouth and tongue), and during my break God also taught me some interesting lessons from “everyday” life. But this scripture portion was the most like an avalanche pounding down on me.
Yet I’m still blogging. As I said before, God hasn’t yet given me a blunt yes or no, to blog or not, but lots of wisdom and instruction that I must apply to this medium!
Making course corrections.