Blogging is “un-Christian”

Web_kidsHere’s an interesting opinion about the apparent evils of blogging among young people by a Kevin D Denee of The Restored Church of God. For a short resume of sorts check out the ever so slightly satirical IT news site, The Register. Or, to read the original, fairly lengthy, article go here.
Although clearly well intentioned the original article is heavy on a theology of separation from the world. Blogging opens you up to dangers, distractions and false relationships rather than real relationships – or worse…

Blogging has become a socially accepted practice—just as are dating seriously too young, underage drinking and general misbehaving. But just because someone else “jumps off the cliff” does not mean you should do the same.

I get a little concerned when Christians become alarmist about something that is, at root, a neutral medium. The only blogging deemed permissable is apparently that for business use – personal blogging is just vanity.

Let me emphasize that no one—including adults—should have a blog or personal website (unless it is for legitimate business purposes).

Of course, I confess that as a blogger I’m bound to be biased.
But is blogging among young people really such a danger? On the whole, not in my experience. Rather than replacing ‘proper’ communication I believe it simply adds another layer, rather like texting does. It enables young people to be more connected to friends across more relational networks. And I know quite a few who are consistently, gently, authentically Christian and even evangelistic in their use of blogs and social networking sites. Again, I confess to potential bias – we’ve set up a MySpace page for Holy Joe’s, our Wednesday afternoon youth group, to extend the sense of community beyond the time we meet face to face.
Surely the issue is not avoidance but discipleship – helping young people to develop the skills of discernment and wisdom in their on-line (and all other) communications. Encouraging integrity of life, so that who they are on line is consistent with who they are face to face (within the safeguards of limited public disclosure). The world will continue to change and young people will continue to interact with it, just as many Christians have done for 20 centuries. Even the blogosphere needs to hear the voice of Jesus’ followers, whatever their age.

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2 Responses to Blogging is “un-Christian”

  1. sally says:

    good post Tim, I like the way you describe bloggin as adding another layer to relationships- like you I am biased by being a blogger- but for me it enables dialogue with people I would otherwise have very limited contact with… it is easy to scare monger- easy to asume the worst of any medium of communication… yes we need to encourage young people to be careful in their use of blogging… but see this as an excellent way to encourage the gently evangelisitc presence you speak of!

  2. philjohnson says:

    The separationist impulse of some pietist Christians denudes the world of salt (as Jesus put it). It is also the case that separationism produces a ghetto of peculiar people with enormous potential for egregious behaviour. So one might say that separationism is often anti-relational and prone to too much navel-gazing about sanctification that it short-circuits any effective participation in the Missio Dei.
    One migth as well say that breathing the air s fraught with so many difficulties that we had best refrain from that too!

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