Should Every Christian Have A Blog?
Are blogs dead? Do blogs still matter? According to American entrepreneur Seth Godin, no they’re not and yes they are. Here is what Godin says is so powerful about blogging:
“Blogging is free. It doesn’t matter if anybody reads it. What matters is the humility that comes from writing it. What matters is the meta-cognition of thinking about what you’re going to say. How do you explain yourself to the few employees – or your cat – or whoever is going to look at it? How do you force yourself to describe – in three paragraphs – why you did something? How do you respond out loud? If you’re good at it [blogging], some people are going to read it. If you’re not good at it, and you stick with it, you’ll get good at it…”
Blogging forces you to think…
As Godin says, blogging forces you to think. Depending what you blog about it can force you to think about why you did something, why you are about to do something, or what you believe about something. Then the juices really get flowing when you have to think about how you are going to communicate it all in a post clearly.
Christians should be thinkers…
Of all the people on the earth, Christians should be the best thinkers. Sadly, often we are not. Here are several ways blogging could help you as a Christian to rekindle your thinking:
- Christians believe many things that they have never actually thought about.
Maybe blogging would force you to think through the implications of your convictions and test whether they are beliefs grounded in Scripture?
- Christians are called to have their minds renewed (Romans 12:2).
Maybe blogging would help the dust to be cleared out of your mind, allow for some of the junk to be thrown away, and through blogging have your mind filled with thoughts centered on God and His Word?
- Christians are to have a reason for the hope that is within them. They are called to be ready to share that reason with anyone who asks (1 Peter 3:15).
Maybe blogging would force you to consider regularly what that reason is for your hope and how you would explain it to those around you?
- Christians constantly need to be reminded of the gospel.
Maybe blogging would provide a good litmus test to gauge what consumes your thoughts? Is Christ and the gospel really the center or does the greatest news in the history of the cosmos take a back seat to other areas in your Christian life?
So, should every Christian have a blog? In short, no.
But whether you blog or not, every Christian should think.
You could always reap the benefit of blogging without the hassles of technology and its public nature by simply grabbing a Moleskine and begin journalling your thoughts in there.