Today in my quiet time I read Ecclesiastes 7:21-22 which seems to me to have specific application to the blogosphere:
“Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. Your heart knows that many times you have yourself cursed others.”
This is not to excuse “cursing others” which certainly isn’t a godly practice. But the counsel here seems to be not to overly react when others say negative things about us. The web, and particularly blogs have given millions the ability to broadcast (often unwisely) their every thought and musing. Couple that ability with indwelling sin, bitterness and selfish ambition and you’ve got the recipe for a whole lot of “cursing.” And that’s where the wisdom of Ecclesiastes is helpful. Don’t take it all to heart. Don’t “flame” back or react with vengeance.
This is a great post by Pastor Josh Harris.
I think we all wonder about how our blogs are received by others, and hope that feed back is positive of course! At some time however, we will encounter negative feedback, if only through comments that we will never post due to the nasty nature of them. We need to learn to not take personally what others say of us. If we have done our best for God in what we write…that is enough. I will answer to God for my writing and teaching…not to other people.
To read the full post please go to Pastor Josh’s website