Blog Responsibly

I read Carlos Whittakers blog every day. Last week he decided to shut it down and go on a blog-sabbatical type thing. Yesterday I read that Flowerdust was shutting her blog down for Lent. She's done that before, gone on a little "blog/twitter break". Then I read about a few other people I follow on Twitter were also breaking for lent.

I started to feel the pressure..peer pressure.

"am I not as spiritual as they are cuz' I'm ok with not shutting down my blog for a while?"

"am I an addicted, out of control Internet freak" (That answer was easy..YES)

"Since all the cool Christian bloggers are NOT blogging right now, should I not be?"

Yea, I'm 15yrs old..

So, I talked to God about it and I believe I heard what I hear a lot;

Galatians 5:22-26 (New International Version)

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.

For me, Blogging, like a lot of things in my life, comes down to these verses.

They say to me, don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Don't label something a sin because I have trouble being self controlled in that area. Be self controlled.

I feel like writing is a gift, this blog is a gift. Twitter is a good thing. And just like all gifts and good things in life they have to be kept under the lordship of Christ, and we must walk in the spirit (, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law).

When I looked up these fruit of the spirit verses today, I saw scriptures I didn't remember seeing before even though they were highlighted (ever do that?) Verse 25 and 26, 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

"Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other." WOW. For me, that's loaded. I gotta chew on that for a while in relation to this blog, stats, how I look at other blogs, etc.

I respect those who have felt God leading them to step away from this arena for a bit and I also respect the ones who feel God has not ask them to do that. I pray I don't give into the self supposed peer pressure from either but I give into the leading of the Holy Spirit.

What do you think about all this blog breaks and stuff? How do you keep a balance? How do you Blog, twitter, use your time on the Internet responsibly?


Anonymous said…
carole i think you've said it well here - truth that applies to so much more than just blogging and twittering and facebooking and seesmic'ing and linked-inning and qiking and tokboxing... (for that matter, cell phone talking, email reading, mail reading... where does it all stop???)

the point is that it is in EVERY area of our communication that God wants control. our fingertips and our tongues and our eyes and ears (phil 4:8) and everything. and it isn't just our communication - it is every part of our lives - we can't afford to NOT walk in the Spirit to live in obedience to Him.

i'm with you - i'm happy that many have felt an encouragement from God to fast from different things... very cool. and i'm happy that other people have heard to fast other stuff. we don't all have the same orders from God on the specifics in these things. some things we do share - like "go everywhere and make disciples" and "don't kill each other" and "husbands love your wives like Christ loved the church."

all those are for all of us. but stuff like this is personal between you and God. the important thing is to hear from him AND OBEY Him - whatever that means.

that's what i think anyway. there you have it. or in the words of the dad on my big fat greek wedding... "there you go."
Erin Moore said…
I agree, taking a blog-break because others are doing it is the stuff that high schools do. Removing something from your life that keeps you from spending time with God, family, fellowship, with other believers, etc is something totally different, AND is PERSONAL. If God thinks that you need to be reigned in in this area, you'll know it. The Holy Spirit will convict you to shut it all down.

I have personally been blessed by your blog and would God really want you to stop blessing others? ;-)
Anonymous said…
I really liked your post, Carole. It tracks with my thoughts on the matter of blog shutdowns for Lent or other reasons...and, more importantly, my thoughts on blog responsibility.

God has chosen to allow us to have use of these various social media tools. The lesson I'm learning the longer I do this is that I am responsible to Him and to others for what I say, and how I interact with others, and how I talk about issues. I'm one of those people who learns more through his mistakes (and sins) than anything else, and God is still working on me in this area.

I am glad that someone has stood up and said 'we need to use these tools responsibly' not 'these tools will cause us to sin so we should shut them down'.

The latter decision I think is one that with some people is the right thing for them at a particular point in time but should not be applied universally. In fact, I think that shutting it down sometimes is the easy way out and doesn't really address the core issues at hand.
Anonymous said…
Great post, Carol. (Thanks to BrianD for Twittering about this post! ;-)
I am reminded of something the late Derek Prince said in a teaching called Times and Seasons, about 30 years ago (and it has stuck with me!) He taught from Eccl.3: 1-8, and pointed out that the whole list consists of pairs of opposites... and that each one is right at one time and wrong (because its opposite is right) in another season. And the only way that we know which one is "right" for the time/season we are in is to look to the Holy Spirit for His guidance. (And in this context, just because something is 'right" for me today does not mean that it is "right" for the next person at the same time.) Grace and peace! ;-)
Anonymous said…
Romans 14 comes to mind.
Reading it from "The Message" version really drives the point clearer, especially verses 5-9.

{ person thinks that some days should be set aside as holy and another thinks that each day is pretty much like any other. There are good reasons either way. So, each person is free to follow the convictions of conscience.
v.6-9 What's important in all this is that if you keep a holy day, keep it for God's sake; if you eat meat, eat it to the glory of God and thank God for prime rib; if you're a vegetarian, eat vegetables to the glory of God and thank God for broccoli. None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters. It's God we are answerable to—all the way from life to death and everything in between—not each other. That's why Jesus lived and died and then lived again: so that he could be our Master across the entire range of life and death, and free us from the petty tyrannies of each other.}

Whether you decide to blog or take a blogging break, I'll remain a faithful reader anyhow.

~Ms E~
AdoptedAsHisOwn said…
Ditto with Dan

You know, which ever it is whether the email, the blog, the twitter, the internet, the phone, etc..... it should never get to the point that it consumes you and some vital relationships are suffering because of it. So with that said, I believe people know their own answer..... and to each his own. We can't make judgment on those who blogfast for whatever reason and the other is true, we cannot make judgment on those who are continuing to blog. Let's just love one another (the blogger and the blogless), help one another, and be Jesus to all!! Ok, I obviously have not had much adult conversation in a while!! LOL

I am blessed by your passion on your blog!

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