I'd appreciate some honest feedback on this issue. I have posted two things here on SI in the past few days which have both received swift condemnation from some. I want to explore why employ a double standard between informal, face to face conversations vs. blogging and whether we should. The point of this topic is not to whine about people questioning me, but to quickly explore the very nature of blogging vs. talking
I posted that Rob Bell was an "idiot" and nobody should pay attention to him. I was rebuked by some who feel this kind of tone is unhelpful. However, if we are honest with one another, wouldn't we use words perhaps very similar to these in informal, personal (not Pastoral) interactions with fellow Christians?
"Hey, Tyler, did you see what Rob Bell said about homosexual marriage?"
"Oh, no, don't tell me!"
"He says he's for it!"
"That guy is such an idiot!"
Do we really presume to say we don't have these conversations with our friends?
I was looking for some informed feedback about Northland. More rebukes ensued; some questioning why I would presume to recommend colleges to Christian teenagers, others implicitly accusing me of cowardice for not contacting Matt Olsen directly. However, don't we voice similar concerns in informal, personal (not Pastoral) interactions with fellow Christians?
"Hey, Tyler, you know Jimmy is turning 18 next year, and I'm thinking about where he should go for college."
"I've been thinking about XYZ Bible College, but I've heard some bad things. What do you think about that?"
"I've heard some things too, Bob. I can ask around and see if any of my friends have some info and get back to you. Worse comes to worse, we can always call the school."
Later . . .
"Hey, Andy, I've got somebody who has some questions about XYZ Bible College. Have you heard anything about them? I've read some things, and heard other things, which makes me a little uneasy about them . . ."
"Tyler, you're a coward. Call them yourself. Who do you think you are!!"
Would any of us really expect to get that kind of feedback from an informal query to like minded, serious Christians?
I have apparently misunderstood the nature of this blog. I had assumed it was a place for informal, candid exchange of information among serious Christians. I view it as a virtual coffee shop, in effect. I had assumed I could feel free to replicate the normal, candid, informal flow of conversation here that I would employ among friends in person. That is evidently not the case. I don't say this maliciously or in a pouting way - I just understand where I stand now. From here on out my comments will be measured, moderate and calculated with an ear towards "correctness."
If I have offended anybody with my comments about Northland or Rob Bell - please understand the context in which they were given, accept my apology and let's all move on.