Over the past few weeks I've become increasingly convinced that the time has come to say farewell to the blogosphere. The reason is simple enough. Some years ago Francis Schaeffer wrote a fine little work entitled 'The Mark of the Christian', opening up in a beautiful way Jesus' challenging words about how our love for one another is the evidence that we are his disciples.
Those words have come back to me again and again as I've read some of the blogs I check on every day or each week, noting the often very fine contributions, and then the more often than not horrid comments left by their readers. If there is a place of Christian community marked most especially by a distinct lack of love it is the blogosphere, and I just can't stand being part of it anymore. There are more important things to do than worry about whether or not something published on the web is more mugging than blogging - and that's just the Reformed blogs!
The comments and articles in that scene have degenerated into some of the worst cases of rabid, vitriolic, accusatory nonsense, with people behaving online in ways I can scarcely imagine them behaving in a bus line or in a normal conversation.
Sure, I could simply blog and disable comments, but that doesn't really extract me from the whole scene. Maybe someday I will discover a way to share some more jokes, sports news, sermon outlines, book recommendations, and prayers with my friends. Until then I just don't have any desire to take part in the gutless and pathetic world of drive-by bloggeristas who comment under the name of anonymous while making the most outrageous of remarks to the hurt of many for whom they show not the slightest consideration. Ah, then some of the writers themselves: self-appointed theological police who troll the net on seek and destroy missions. Just awful and awfully sad too. What? They have no widows or orphans for whom to care?
The intoleristas have been few and far between here, thank God. Mostly they show up when you quote someone they think is a heretic, like CS Lewis. They imagine that they must agree with everything someone thinks in order to learn anything at all from that person. Which means they won't learn very much.
Thanks to all who came by from all those different places and walks of life. Keep the Faith, and stay in touch.