A Few Thoughts About the Discouragement of Internet Talk

More and more Christian bloggers are quitting. One of my favorites recently quit, but thankfully decided to return.

I myself quit my original blog. But I also immediately began this one, because I just plain love writing.

I regret some of my tone and topics of the old blog, so this was an effort to cut off that tone and approach, and hopefully have a new start.

However, theology gets people cranked up. No matter what tone or topic is chosen, people get mad and disagree and argue and fight. It gets old.

My favorite blogger who recently quit and then unquit, blamed his quitting on responses he was getting. Here is what he said:

“I enjoyed blogging, but the negative feedback–including from some people I care about very much–had become discouraging. I honestly felt I was failing to communicate my thoughts and feelings well. And then there were the personal attacks, even occasional threats, when I posted my musings about controversial subjects.”

I agree. Reading many blogs over the years and seeing the authors quit, all due to this exact same thing, is discouraging. So much negativity has silenced so many good people from sharing good thoughts. That’s annoying.

The internet is a great medium, and one of the worst. I like reading what people have to say. I disagree with lots of it, and if there are authors that I find myself always being annoyed with, I, get this, I stop reading them. They probably aren’t writing for me anyway. I read who I can learn from.

I have been told that I need “equal time” or else I will “live in a bubble.” I really don’t. I have a life outside of the internet involving real people.

I like a nice place to share my thoughts and don’t find it helpful to be harassed continually about sharing them. In the end, this is my blog. You are free to start your own.

I have never felt it was my duty to correct every author of everything I read on the internet. I assume the people I disagree with are learning, just like me. Even if I know someone is wrong, I generally refrain from saying anything, and if I do, I make it short and as non-combative as possible, and usually quote a verse or two. I am a guest on their page, so I try to act like one.

Some people love everything I say. Some people hate everything I say. Neither is largely helpful, although loving everything I say is much nicer! Eventually I ignore the message of both crowds. I can’t possibly be right that often, but nor can I possibly be wrong that often!

I have blocked many people over the years. I get it, you don’t like anything I say. Got it. Some continue to email me and hunt me down anyway. Some try to sneak back in with fake identities. I find this all very ridiculous.

People apparently need more hobbies.

It’s easy to feel discouraged. It’s very hard to feel encouraged. I share my thoughts here because it helps me think. I hope my thoughts can help others think.

In the end, we will all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ to give an account for every deed done in the body. I imagine this should influence our internet discourse more than it does currently.

I shall continue writing. I don’t need your applause, nor your booing. I could use encouragement and sincere teaching, and I will try to do the same for you. We’re all in this together. Let’s act like it and say together with the Apostle Paul:

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.

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