This past week, I have been taking a break from a lot of things that usually fill my time – the internet / computer, the television, music, and so on. There’s a Christian web forum where I serve as a moderator. Having not visited in a while, I visited today, and was grieved at the things I saw. Granted, it’s not new. It’s always been going on, however, now that I have taken a step back, I see it with what seems to be brand new eyes.
It’s the same old stuff – non reformers blasting the reformed, some reformers being arrogant as though they are 100% theologically correct even though we’re all fallible men (which fuels the “Reformed Christians are soooo pompous” claims), other arrogance, people defending heresies, people twisting Scripture, arguments over who’s right and who’s wrong, arguments made without providing backup Scripture (usually because there IS none)… a lot of clanging cymbals. It’s grievous and to me, seems like a waste of time. There are heardened hearts, wheat and tare, those who profess to be Christian but don’t hold to, understand, or DEFEND the very attributes of God and the Bible… There are people who seem to defend the very things that God hates. There are people who defend ‘Christian worldliness’ although Scripture says:
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions–is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:15-17 ESV
I need to reevaluate my position / purpose there. I understand why so many don’t visit the board. I do. It leaves me wondering though — Can I even make a difference ? With so many people choosing to follow hard after what they WANT concerning Christian liberties and doctrine, can I really say something that will cause people to listen ? I sometimes don’t feel that I can. I think that people get comfortable and lackadaisical concerning growth. Sometimes it hurts to get of your comfort zone – absolutely – but if it is for the glory of God, isn’t that pain 100% worth it ?
I also get exasperated at the fact that prayer / praise threads get very few replies and views, but let someone discuss anything that can cause potential drama (Buzz Words – Joel Osteen, WoF, Jonathan Edwards [ yes, even JE ], Benny Hinn, and the like) and you have tons of responses and views within very few minutes. It’s sad. As Christians, our hearts and minds should be set on things above (Colossians 3:1 – 2) and not on the things that please the flesh. The flesh is a beast, but if we’re constantly feeding it what it thrives off of, how can our minds be set on the eternal and not the temporal ? Rushing into a thread with a knowingly controversial topic yet putting off a prayer request thread which could mean life or death ? This should not be.
It’s jacked when emails are sent to the 13,000 + board members asking for donations and less than 100 respond / donate. There have been emails sent out about sending a ministry to the Honduras to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ, an email sent out asking for a donation to help with the costs of the site, and more recently ? An email was sent because the site owner knew of a family member in Christ with a spouse and children who is struggling financially and doesn’t even have the money to buy the children FOOD. Needless to say, very few donated in ANY of these situations. YET, people are QUICK to partake of the benefits and the products of the above ministries / people with nooooo problem.
There are people there PURPOSELY deceiving the brethren, admittedly so, who continue to do so even after ‘apologies’… What, then, is metanoia ? What is repentance if you’re still wallowing and continuing purposely in the very thing you apologized for… ?
Quite a few of the above named reasons are EXACTLY why Christians aren’t, for the most part, taken seriously. Folks don’t take CHRIST seriously; the BIBLE is not taken seriously. People don’t do their Christian duties… helping their brothers / sisters, interceding on behalf of their brothers and sisters….
So with that said, I haven’t posted on the board since last week. I don’t have much of a desire to. And with so many other moderators in the forums, am I really needed ? I’ll be praying about it.