Because the Internet and weblogs are the forum for the twenty-first century Aeropagus. In Acts 17, Paul travels from Thessalonica to Berea to Athens. Being run out of the first two cities, he arrives in Athens to mend his wounds and wait for his traveling/ministering companions. Yet, as he walks the streets of the cosmopolitan city “his spirit was provoked within him as he saw the city was full of idols” (v. 16), and he could not hold back. In response to the culture’s false religions, he went to the synagogue (v. 17a) and the marketplace (v. 17b) “preaching Jesus and the resurrection” (v. 19).
Stirring up significant attention to his claims, Paul was ushered to the Aeropagus. Located on a hill on the outside of Athens, this forum of philosophers “would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new” (v. 21). Having heard that a new preacher was in town, the Aeropagite leaders invited the apostle. Standing up in the midst of this erudite but skeptical assembly (v. 22-31), Paul preached the gospel–starting with the religious worship of an unknown God (v. 22-23), he described the God of the Bible as the Creator (v. 24-28 ) and Judge of humanity (v.29-31), and the one whom all men would one day give account. He spoke of Jesus as the man God raised from the dead to judge all humanity, and he called them to put faith in him (v. 34).
The scene is impressive. Paul, in isolation yet empowered by the Holy Spirit, boldly enters the pluralistic assembly and proclaims the exclusive message salvation offered by the God of Israel through His Christ, Jesus of Nazareth. Such is the task of a faithful blogger, to enter the arena of swirling ideas and nihilistic philosophies and proclaim a surer message. Today the world of ideas is too expansive for an Aeropagite rotunda, but within the WWW the Aeropagite debate rages on.
Consequently, like Paul there must be a steady stream of humble witnesses proclaiming the Truth. For this reason, Christians (perhaps not all, but some) must blog. Not to be heroic, but to be a small but persuasive voices standing against an avalanche of avatars who reject Jesus Christ or who simply misuse and abuse his name. For behind every weblog sits a person with a name and a soul, someone made by God (Acts 17:28 ) and called to believe in his savior for eternal life.
When Paul left the Aeropagus, some mocked (v. 32), others said they would hear him again, but only two said that they believed (v. 34). So is it in the blogosphere: many who hear about Jesus mock, others out of intrigue, antagonism, or misunderstanding listen and debate, but few believe. Nevertheless we must contend (Jude 3) and blog, so that seekers of wisdom like Dionysius and Damaris (v. 34) may encounter voices of truth when they enter today’s Google-navigated Aeropagus.
And perhaps to their amazement and surprise, what they find is not information but wisdom. Wisdom that is not found on the the beaten path of the information superhighway, but rather on the sloped road that leads to Mt. Calvary, that winds into a garden tomb, and that turns to view the hill on which Christ will one day reign-Mt Zion. This may sound like foolishness to some, but to others who have ears to hear it is the way of wisdom. And for the latter ensnared in the Aeropagus, we must blog.
Sola Dei Gloria, dss