If two of the three reasons for blogging listed so far are aimed at conversation with non-Christians (i.e. 1. to explain and expound the gospel of Jesus Christ, and 2. to defend the faith once for all delivered to the saints), the fourth reason is directed towards other believers. Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” So too, we who know the Lord ought to spur one another on towards love and good deeds (Heb. 10:25)– the language of “spurring” is one of provocation. However, it is not the kind of goading that leads to argumentation–the kind that I used to engage in with my younger brother. Rather, it is the thought-provoking, spirit-convicting, heart-rending kind of spurring that would turn someone to repent from error and wrongdoing. It is the kind of spurring that instigates godly sorrow and saves a brother from egregious sin (cf. 2 Cor. 7:8-9; James 5:19-20). It is not the kind of instigation that leads to wranglings over words, personal attacks, or vain speculations, but it is the kind that prizes truth but never relinquishes charity. This kind of provocation takes more thought and time, and cannot be done without the Spirit.
When done in this manner, blogging can be very fruitful and clarifying. Even when more heated issues are debated, the resulting friction can provide a flame to purify consciences and a surface to round rough edges. The daily exercise of answering difficult questions and articulating nuanced thought is valuable in understanding the simplicity and profundity of the Bible. Thus, blogging proves valuable in crystallizing complex ideas. At the same time, in a way that no other medium can, it allows brothers from all over the globe and from various traditions to discuss critical matters of the faith.
Sadly, as we all know, blogging can also be mean-spirited, fool-hardy, and destructive. Providing a platform for the carnal nature to take center stage, blogging has the potential to incite vicious arguments, undisciplined rants, and speech that is simply unbecoming to a Christian. With sober recognition of that, we who belong to Christ must guard our tongues and fingers. For even if your post can be deleted, your words cannot (Matthew 12:36) . Consequently, we must exercise spiritual discernment over what and how we write. Perhaps sitting on comment for a day beforing publishing, or letting another brother read it in private before the world can view it in public.
With that said, blogging remains an excellent way for those committed to the gospel to challenge and encourage one another in the things of Christ and His Word. And it is something to be employed for fruitful and godly discussion. So brothers, draw your swords and let the sparks fly.
Sola Dei Gloria, dss