I am not a famous blogger. In fact, I am nobody, really. But I have a bone to pick with famous bloggers who make their living being controversial at the expense of hurting others, and then making light of it by hiding behind all of the comments from friends and followers who support that kind of rude, crude behavior, because…well, after all, it’s SO AND SO, and they have a good heart, and they are famous! These bloggers write about injustices while casually spouting injustices without recognizing the irony in their own actions through words, yet cry “mean” and “unfair” when anyone stands to reject and admonish the behavior.
My rant about this isn’t a plank calling out someone else’s speck in the eye. It’s a call to integrity that is shrinking in the world of Christian bloggers and people who make their living by selling books and conference appearances to speak on things like biblical justice while making casual, hurtful remarks whenever the mood strikes; a call to “put your mouth where the money is” and practice what you preach! After all, you earn by preaching it, no? But the reality we are faced with is a conundrum. A popular blogger doesn’t have to be careful or considerate anymore, because what’s losing a few fans when I have thousands!?
Maybe it’s a bad day. The kids are screaming. The phone won’t stop ringing. The remodel is a mess and taking longer than expected…and it’s the stressful Christmas Season after all! I can find an excuse for bad behavior anytime I want by simply stating I am a “work in progress”, right? Isn’t that the spiel that most Christians give to excuse themselves? Most certainly we are all human, and we make mistakes. But is it really a mistake to carelessly toss a descriptor like “White Trash” around, for any reason, if after all my primary ministry focus and means of financial gain is that in the realm of speaking and writing on biblical justice? Or is it just in poor taste? Callous, even?
What motivates us to do the right thing if the cheering is louder for when we spike the controversy? Controversy sells! If Christian bloggers can make money at the expense of making fun of others, then biblical justice can soon become a comfortable afterthought. Integrity can go to Hell!