Ranting Statement Considered Harmful

February 1, 2006

I do not think my pastor has a positive view of blogging. I wish it were otherwise, but I can’t say I blame him.

Not too long ago we had a spate of rants or near-rants among the bloggers in our faith community — against each other, or appearing so. People were hurt (it happens) and expressed their hurts publicly. Now to those who are more used to an online culture, maybe this isn’t as big a deal. But whatever our technology or culture, we are not exempt from Matthew 18:15-17. Jesus has good stuff there we ignore at our peril.

In any case, my pastor probably never hears about the good side of blogging, only the bad. Which is too bad. Crap always floats to the surface.

I was thinking about posting something about “biblical blogging” which I imagined to be a series sharing what I’ve learned about online communication over the past dozen years. But Jason Clark did a far better job than I would have, and I’m lazy. So here you go: is ranting Christian?

(By the way, you are a true geek if you get the title I put on this posting.)

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

2 responses to Ranting Statement Considered Harmful

  1. Is ranting Christian?
    Was John the Baptist Christian? He ranted a lot. And Isiah? I think it’s Isiah I am thinking of.

  2. thanks Jon for the challenge to really be a follower of Christ and what He stood for, loving people and acting that way.