This link goes to one of three recent articles in the Baptist Standard regarding blogging Baptists. I appreciate the remarks made by both David Gushee, and one of my old (well, past) professors from Southwestern, Dr. Bill Tillman.
The claim is made that journalistic standards and Biblical guidelines are often thrown out the window with regard to blogging. In some cases, that is so. But there are other cases where bloggers make every effort to keep their words within the boundaries of both Christian standards of behavior and journalism. In most cases, blogs are editorials, and should be approached that way. It should be easy enough to tell from the writer’s own style and presentation.
I believe Christian bloggers should govern themselves by Biblical principles. It is o.k. to disagree, even passionately, but there are clearly some things that are out of line and in a battle of words, whether they are verbal or typed on a keyboard, the possibility of escalation into name calling and personal attacks, human nature sort of stuff, always exists. The nice thing about a blog is that you can do a whole lot of editing before you hit the “publish” button, and even then, you can go back and edit.
There’s even a blog out there called Agree to Disagree Agreeably, or something like that. That’s good advice.
Kindness, gentleness, respect, these are all good words to live by. As a Christian, I use the Bible, and in particular the New Testament, as a guide for my faith in all areas of my life. Blogging should not be an exception to that. And I hope, now that I’ve put this down here, that everything else on this site that can be accessed and read can be judged and found to be consistent with that claim.