I have been blogging for a long time. My first blog was in the 90s and I have been doing this off and on for a long time. I have had lot of experience in the area of dealing with comments and people who make comments. I have really no problem when people speak in their ignorance. I have a real problem when people take me on and it is clear that they didn’t read the whole of my thoughts before commenting. It is with those comments that I really struggle not just with a response but whether to even post them in the first place. I guess people are entitled to their opinion but if your opinion off what I have written is based on an incomplete picture then your going to look foolish to me.
Ignorance is sometimes a good thing. It keeps us moving along sometimes when we are in dangerous circumstances. It allows us to move forward with our days and to be content where we are at without realizing sometimes how much we have been saved by other forces at work that we are completely oblivious to.
Then there is the other kind of ignorance that just will kill you or make you look foolish. My problem these days is I feel the church of Jesus Christ in the USA is ignorant to the point of arrogance. I would say our largest problem with ignorance is that we think that God wants to control everything and many people in their ignorance think they are his agents of control. The other part of the way this arrogance plays itself out is when people think their view or theology is the only one that matters or is true. They then proceed to never listen to alternatives or alternate explanations of what the Bible might say. They cannot conceive that perhaps they might be wrong. I have worked very hard to guard myself from this and always be open to the Bible or the Holy Spirit’s correction. I always concede that I could be wrong in what I see in the Bible’s pages. I am human and I am fallible.
That said, I do my homework pretty thoroughly so if you are going to tell me I am wrong, don’t just spout your opinion. You better come armed with an argument that is solid and knowing what I truly believe by reading everything I write on a subject otherwise:
1) I will post your comment – only truly bombastic comments get deleted
2) Respond that you need to educate yourself by reading the whole of the material – please do not take this as an insult, I can often tell you have not done so by what you say. I can usually tell this particularly when people quote scripture at me that earlier in a series I dealt with specifically.
3) Say thank you and wait until I see you comment again – Commenting again immediately with more of the same will lose you my respect and I will say so. Ignorance and OK; Just don’t be proud of it.
This is a theology pub and I am not only your friendly neighborhood bartender but the bouncer as well and I do not as of yet have the patience of Job and other people come here that actually do want to engage in discussion and different points of view – don’t make me draw my BFG or my sword. You have been warned.
Why is this a test to my faith at times? Well, God has never failed me or treated me anywhere near as bad as ignorant Christians and there are a lot of ignorant Christians. I am a pretty forgiving guy, but there is a wear and tear on my spiritual sanity. This is why I am taking a month off from my church and all I really want to be is just a guy who loves the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and want to find what he is missing, if anything. I put up with a lot but my sanity in reference to ignorance is getting thinner and thinner. I am starting to have little faith in people around me because of it and that merits some time off to take deep breaths and count to ten without further challenges. One month to go.
Blessings and Cheers!!!