The blog world is full of those who criticize, analyze and philosophize. But it’s also full of those who practice, implement and apply. Those who live to type are often those who are the most biting and sarcastic. Those who live, then type, are often the most insightful and practical.
So which kind of blogger are you? Are you an arm chair theorist or a real life practioner?
A century and a half ago Charles Spurgeon gave his preacher boys this charge, “Brethren, do something; do something; DO SOMETHING. While Committees waste their time over resolutions, do something. While Societies and Unions are making constitutions, let us win souls. Too often we discuss, and discuss, and discuss, while Satan only laughs in his sleeve… Get to work.”
I wonder how that quote would sound if he were to rewrite it for today’s social-media-saavy ministers? Maybe it would sound like this, “Brothers and sisters, do something; do something; DO SOMETHING. While Christians Tweet about their trips to Costco, do something. While Facebook fans post their latest statuses, do something. While bloggers wax eloquent about what should be, let us change what is. Too often we type, and respond, and post, while Satan laughs in his sleave….Get to work!”
I wonder if we are raising a generation of Christians who spend more time blogging (or Tweeting, Facebooking, etc) about ministry than actually doing the gritty work of ministry itself. Instead of using this powerful online force to advance the gospel and deepen our ministry impact some of us are getting used by it. In some cases the online megaphone has morphed from a real and viable tool into an overlord that, not only gives us Carpal Tunnel and “text neck,” but has robbed us of the time we need to make real ministry impact.
Let us blog with callouses on our hands from having laid hold of the plow in the harvest field all around us. Let us not get sucked up into the whirlwind of words that are typed just to be typed and read just to be read. Let us use words with economy, focus and power. Let us live first and blog last. Then the words we type will erupt out of a life drenched with sweat and grace. Our online insights will have raw and relevant influence well beyond our paygrade. We will post with divine power, not human persuasion.
Bloggers let us do something first, then we can type about it.