As I sit here on my day off, I’m watching my two boys pretend to be “super-heroes”. One is embracing his love for “Iron Man” and the other is climbing walls, couches, and tables as “Spider Man”. Amusing to say the least. At one point, they were arguing over who was going to be which super hero….and at one point one of them said: “I want to be Iron Man because he can do EVERYTHING!”.
Funny, isn’t it-my boys have the desire through pretend super heroes, to find someone or something that will solve all the world’s problems and be the hero of the day. Funny, isn’t it-many disenfranchised with “fundamentalism” or “evangelicalism” do the same with blogs each day. The words of Don Carson ring heavy and loud in my ear: “Read less blogs on the internet and more books”. The words of Al Mohler ring equally as heavy: “YouTube is a terrible place to go to church”.
Sadly, many world views and personal theologies are developed simply by reading a vast array of blogs that are sometimes incoherent and often times incomplete in dealing with topics because they are written from a perspective which inevitably leads to presuppositions bearing down on their writing.
Alas, they get extolled by those who share their presuppositions and derided by those who do not. Funny isn’t it…one of the biggest beefs my generation of Christian’s have is how Christian leaders in times past were too “topic oriented”, yet Facebook, the blogosphere, and Twitter are filled with the praises of how people wrote on topics. Perhaps, being topical isn’t the problem, perhaps coming to agreeable conclusions is.
Certainly, I love and have a rubric of blogs that I read each day and I thank my friend Rick-pastor at Allentown Bible-for helping me develop a filing system on Evernote for tracking such articles. But it is foolish to think that a blog article or blog author is going to be able to solve all or any of the problems (might I say pet problems) that we see in the broader movements in Christianity. Thus, the result is a war between generations over what the real problems of “Fundies” are or “Conservative Evangelicals” are because both sides are levying their arguments with a myopic perspective. Solution??
First off read blogs (including this one) with a grain of salt. If your worldview is shaped by them significantly, check yourself-the internet has opened the opportunity to share personal experiences, but personal perspective is a dangerous platform to find ultimate truth for living. If you will, personal experience is a nice pillow, but a terrible bed upon which to rest.
Secondly, devote yourself to read a wide variety of books and theological journal articles-theological books at that. If you are wrestling through how men should view women or women men, if you are wrestling through the role of the church, pastor, or Christian college, the last thing you need is to read the ramblings of a misfit who has been burned or an agenda to push. Wrestle through the significant books that are hundreds of pages long, written by authors who are loving enough to say all the words.
Third, read your Bible more deeply and more frequently. The goal of the body of Christ is to have our minds sanitized by the water of the Word of God. If II Peter 1:3 is true, the Word of God is the source for all things that pertain to life and godliness. It is an inexhaustible fountain; a jewel with countless facets.
Fourth, tie yourself into a community called a local church-a good one. One that you will establish a long term relationship with, and over the length time you will be exposed to friends that have a variety of experiences, and a large dose of truth through the preaching and discipleship interactions within the fellowship.
The reality is that we often discard a good blog article, simply because the author doesn’t share the same pet peeves, personal agendas, or personal experiences we do. In doing so, we lose out on a significant voice of truth that we need to hear. While they can be helpful, blogs can’t be our “Everything” Super hero, and it is deadly to us theologically if they are.
Now excuse me, I have to go put on my cape and play super hero to some boys that have way too much energy.