Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Paul's Authority and a Christian Blogger's Responsibility
While reading through 2 Corinthians 10 the other day, I came across the situation in which Paul finds himself that causes him to have to defend the supposed discrepencies in his teaching styles to the people of Corinth regarding his authority as a teacher and apostle of Jesus Christ.

"'For his letters,' they say, 'are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.' Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present." 2 Corinthians 10:7-11
The scriptures are timeless, and just as Paul struggled with acceptance and public persona, so do each of us, first as Christians, and second, as bloggers. I found this scripture relevant to the many posts that have taken place recently that focus so much on how things are done as opposed to why...why we are here and who do we really do this for. Blogging, to me, is an attempt to edify God, first and foremost, share Christian teachings with those that may have not heard of Christ, and to communicate and discuss issues facing the Christian church today with other Christians. In many of my posts, I am pretty straightforward and non-apologetic in the comments that I make about our regression from the Truth and the complete overwhelming display of moral relativism by so many Christians today. In my last post, I made the following statements:

"God gave us these laws so we knew what was right and what was wrong. They are to be guides for our lives as Christians and they do not change because the world's views change."


"...the 10 Commandments, transcend[s] time and culture as a witness to God's plan for His children..."

Where am I going with this post....Well, as bloggers, I challenge us all to live out in life the same fire that we portray online. In person, don't let your presence be "weak" and your speech "contemptible" as Paul is accused of being. I know we are not perfect, but as Christians, there are expectations, real or supposed, of us. Our words are much more permanent than we are on this earth. Because of this, live up to the words that are written on your blog in the presence of all that you meet. Let your life be a reflection of Christ's spirit inside you...both in word and deed.

  posted at 9:20 AM

At 8:33 PM, Blogger John said...

That's very good advice.

For some people, the only encounters that they have with Christians are the comments that we leave on their blogs -- or what they read on ours.

At 11:11 PM, Blogger JD said...

Thanks, John.

The first thing that popped into my head when I was reading that chapter was our ministry through blogging.



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