Monday, July 14, 2008

Personal Limitations: The Blogger’s Responsibility

Last week, Mark Goodyear commented on the blogger’s responsibility in light of the current series on mentors. After all, as bloggers we have little idea and no control over who reads our words. How are we to talk about anything without causing another to stumble?

There is no easy answer. I wish there were. However, I know this: We who are teachers will be judged more strictly (James 3:1). We are and will be held responsible.

So where does my responsibility end and the reader’s begin? It’s not clear, and I don’t think it was ever intended to be. If a definable line existed, we would point fingers, blame others, and grow lax in our own vigilance.

Rather, we are given a simple admonition: speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15, 1 Peter 3:15-17).

Not very practical, is it? We want some rules, something we can apply right now in a visible way. But this is the foundation we must start with.

(For more thoughts on this, check out the comment section of Mentors Part 2, and then stay tune to this blog. I’m planning any additional in-depth post on this, if all goes well, during my upcoming series on responsibility.)

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