Some days I wish I lived in the pre-internet age. Or was Amish. Or something. Days like today, when I see a beautiful quote from a respected, wise, older brother in Christ, and then I see someone else, someone who claims the name of Christ, making snap judgments and hateful accusations about that man’s character and doctrine.
Friends, we have to learn — I have to learn — to temper our words when we’re on the internet. We must. The commands of God not to entertain accusations against an elder without corroboration do not cease to apply online. I’m convinced that a great many Christians are experiencing personal stagnation in their growth in Christlikeness because they constantly allow bitterness, anger, self-righteousness, lovelessness, and pride to gain a hold on them in the comments sections of Christian blogs. How often do we see characteristics and actions that belong to the realm of death in people who call themselves by the name of Christ? Gossip. Slander. Malice.
How foolish! How our enemy must laugh with twisted delight when we use God’s language for the Devil’s purposes.