Not so long ago, when I was a BRAND new ‘blogger’ there was a bit of an uproar resulting from a small handful of people involved in ‘judging’ blogs based on content. I remember the resulting feelings of division and for lack of blog-appropriate verbiage: it wasn’t ‘pretty’, as a matter of fact, it was downright ugly! An ugliness I don’t want to be a part of again.
I’ve posted recently about my own beliefs regarding ministry. I will probably post about it again someday; perhaps in another light, perhaps not. I read the resulting comments and felt a bit challenged by some of them; not challenged in my own beliefs, but challenged by the degree of passion expressed so openly; from both sides. It’s truly inspiring.
Then, as I was surfing around my fav’s today I came across some aftermath and it honestly hurts. I feel as though I’ve been belittled and a bit patronized because of my own convictions. I know I’m not alone. I know how badly words can hurt someone from my memory mentioned above.
My reminder to each of us (myself included) is if we feel extremely passionate about something someone has written, show grace in responding or commenting. Show the God-given grace we have been afforded in our salvation through Christ. If that’s not possible, then surf elsewhere. That’s what I’m telling myself as I ‘pay this painful lesson forward’.