I include this link, not because I expect you to go read it, but just for you to take a glance at what some Christians feel free to do to one another.
Monday Morning Insight Weblog: Do Numbers Really Matter?
Todd at Monday Morning Insights is attempting to keep things civil, but some of the "Christians" make it difficult.
I can't believe a Christian would think it okay to treat other people the way they have in their responses. There is so much misunderstanding, and, to be quite honest, arrogance about the superiority of their thinking ability.
This got me thinking about several things:
1. As a leader, you must seek God's will and vision for what you are to do, and then follow it. Don't listen to naysayers. Don't put it up for debate. Just do it. This does not mean we should avoid good counsel. It certainly doesn't mean we should be autonomous. But we have to be confirmed enough in our own call and vision to ignore those who would make trouble.
2. Naysayers and troublemakers should stay in their own hole. If they are simply going somewhere (be it church or blog) to make trouble, to criticize, or to diagree, they are already dishonoring God. Besides who made them the spokesmen for "orthodox" Christian faith? Most of their ideas have 2,000 years of Christian history that completely disagrees with their views.
3. I agree with Brian McLaren's comments on the difference between discussion and dialogue. Discussion has the same root as concussion. Most "discussion" is little more than debate with the purpose of forcing the other person to see your side. Dialogue values the other person, expects the best of that person, and attempts to hear the heart of what the person has to say. Dialogue is listening and hearing. It is also responding, but only after understanding where the other person is coming from.
4. This reminds me of the Brian McLaren and Mark Driscoll thing at the Christianity today blog. If you compare Mark Driscoll's response to Brian McLaren's response, I think it is clear who has the more Christlike response.
Here are the links if you need another look
Brian's Original Post
Mark Driscoll's Response
5. As much as I like the Internet and blogging, I think the anonymity allows Christians to truly reveal the content of their hearts.
6. This also reminds us that communication online is a difficult venture. People are easily misunderstood, something is not said the right way, some people pick slight missteps apart, there is no benefit of the doubt, some post quickly just to respond while others take more time to give thoughtful responses. Take all that and add stupity to the mix and you have a very dangerous situation.
7. Never argue with a fool, because then no one knows who is who!