As you know, some Christian blogs contain a “Community” section where other bloggers who follow them can be seen in their “face-tile” form. This human kaleidoscope provides a wonderful portal for surfing WordPress and discovering new blogs.
But it can also throw you for a loop. Some of the blogs you visit are distinctly un-Christian in their content. Sometimes it’s flat-out erotica (flee, men! Not even a hint!). Other times it’s coarse language and brazenly worldly talk. Other blogs are very gracious and gentle in tone, so much so that you feel guilty criticizing, but they do promote pantheistic “many ways to God” and “positive energy” ideas, or simple “inspiration” that’s ultimately empty and powerless to save.
Whatever the case, not all of WordPress clings to the stark, dirty beauty of the cross of Christ – or the glory of his empty tomb. Yet these unbelieving bloggers follow, and consistently like posts from, Christian bloggers whose Bible-derived beliefs leave virtually no room for theirs.
I’ve often wondered what’s going through their minds. Some of them are just hoping for a follow back. But not all of them.
For the past season, I’ve had an unwritten post draft directed towards those unbelieving bloggers. It was a challenge. “Why do you stick around? Do you understand how directly and entirely these Christian precepts contradict your own?” it was going to say, basically. “What are you going to do about these ideas? Why do you keep following and liking when you don’t seem interested in believing?”
And then – and I can only credit the Holy Spirit for breaching my foolishness so eloquently – a question surfaced in my mind in response.
“Where else should they be?”
I realized that I was making the same error as the church that frowns upon the known “loose lady” who comes to church looking for grace, or the ragged homeless man or inked-and-pierced girl tiptoeing into the sanctuary searching for God. We fear they’ll bring sin amongst us. We fear they’ll upset our order. We fear (unconsciously) our inability to understand their lives or speak into their challenges. We fear our message will be diluted somehow by being spent on these souls, when it was to exactly these souls that the message was sent.
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17)
It should sober us to realize that our bad habits originated with the Pharisees.
Where else should these unbelieving bloggers be? In their own echo chambers, bouncing identical ideas off each other for security like we Christians so often do? May it never be. We bloggers are a church, after a fashion. We’re a community. None of us are pastors (that title should not be claimed idly), nor are we perfect, but we are a body of believers. The lost should be amongst us, hearing our good news, hearing of the Jesus who loved them, who died for them, who rose again to offer them a new life, both now and later.
Unbelieving bloggers: Forgive me. You are most welcome here.
I may believe fundamentally differently than you, and I find I cannot espouse the same concepts. And I do reserve the right to urge you towards a different worldview.
But you are always welcome here.
I pray that somehow, God fills my words with grace and uses me to reveal his love for you, a love revealed in the Bible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Please stick around.
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