Earlier in the week some Christian bloggers I respect have been having a bit of a discussion about the nature of blogging and the use of social media in a Christian context.
Stuart at eChurch managed to pull it all together quite nicely in response to posts by Anita Mathias, Archdruid Eileen and DigitalNun. The big issue for those of us who run a blog is working out why we do it and what we are trying to achieve. If, as in my case, you’re doing it to represent your faith in some capacity, it then takes on a whole new dimension. It goes back to being an ambassador for Christ and how you live it out, whether in the real world or online. It was interesting to hear what they have to say, being far more experienced bloggers than I am. Having only been going for just over half a year I’m still effectively a newbie on the Christian blogging scene.
There are plenty of temptations doing this to get engrossed in increasing your readership and promoting yourself to a wider audience. Controversy and sensationalism will draw people in, but that is rarely the best thing to do if you want to have credibility. What I care about more than anything with this blog is that God is honoured and that the gospel message of good news is applied to this world we’re living in.
What I find ironic about running this blog is that English was my least favourite subject at school. Writing was and generally still is a chore for me. Sitting down and bashing out a post on the keyboard takes discipline. Quite often when I’m spending time running this site I’d rather be doing various other things and probably every couple of weeks or so I have the urge to pack it in. It’s only really God’s grace that keeps me going.
Last summer I attended New Wine, which is a Christian festival held in Somerset and Newark every summer. I always come away from it with new challenges from God and knowing he has a plan for me. This time round was no exception. I’ve had an interest in politics and current affairs for a long time although I’ve never been a party political animal. As we spent time in worship and during times of ministry I kept having pictures of politicians popping into my head. Sometimes I’d be talking to them. It felt that this was of significance although I didn’t know what to make of it, but there was a clarity of thought that God was in this. Over the following weeks I spent time in prayer and often when I was spending time in worship these thoughts kept coming back to me with a nagging urge to do something about it.
After a while I decided to go online and see if I could find places where Christians were discussing political issues. I came across a few blogs and the Christian fellowships of the main political parties, but I struggled to find what I was looking for. Eventually it occurred to me that maybe I should do something myself. The thought of running a blog terrified me at first as I didn’t really feel I knew what I was talking about enough to go online and share my thoughts with the rest of the world, but the nagging feeling kept getting worse, so in the end I just said to God that if this was what He wanted me to do then I would do it, but I would need a huge amount of His help.
So several months later here we are. I still regularly feel that I don’t know what I’m doing, but since I got going God has repeatedly blessed me, dropped things into my lap over and over again and this site is in many ways has become a success.
I guess the reason why I’m saying this is not to make me sound super spiritual, but rather to say that if God lays something on your heart, you need to go with it. There’s a big world out there that needs God’s love and there are plenty of our nation’s leaders who need wisdom. If they’re not asking God for it directly, then I believe it’s our duty as Christians to do what we can to help them. We don’t need a theocracy in this country, but we do need Christians who are doing what they can to encourage our leaders to run the country with honesty, integrity, wisdom and humility seeking to defend the weak and uphold justice. If I can do my part to encourage others to think about these things, lift them to God in prayer and take action when appropriate, then I’ll know it’s worth the effort.