Carl Trueman airs his concerns about Christian blogs (and bloggers):
This is madness. Is this where we have come to, with our Christian use of the web? Men who make careers in part out of bashing the complacency and arrogance of those with whose theology they disagree, yet who applaud themselves on blogs and twitters they have built solely for their own deification? Young men who are so humbled by flattering references that they just have to spread the word of their contribution all over the web like some dodgy rash they picked up in the tropics? And established writers who are so insecure that they feel the need to direct others to places where they are puffed and pushed as the next big thing? I repeat: this is madness, stark staring, conceited, smug, self-glorifying madness of the most pike-staffingly obvious and shameful variety.
It’s also voyeurism. Mr. Trueman’s candid rationale is one of the reasons I’ve taken a hiatus (now in its sixth month) from Facebook. And no, I don’t plan reactivating my account any time soon.
As the new year rolls around, why not make a concerted effort to read more books and cut down on screen time? (Yes, even if it means this blog!) We may find ourselves more fully human (and hence more Christian) than we dare imagined.
(Speaking of books, I gotta go to my compact OED and look up “pike-staffingly”….)