From mommy blogs to the databases of highly educated theologians, the Internet is flooded with Christian blogs, including mine. There are thousands of voices vying for attention, and sadly many of them I don’t think should be. The truth is I don’t read the majority of these blogs, and neither should you. Here are five reasons to stop reading Christian blogs.
Some of these blogs contain only one of these issues, while others contain multiples or even all of them. I have come across them all. I would highly encourage you to evaluate the Christian blogs that you read and ask yourself if they fall into any of these categories.
They Write Emotionally
While an emotional appeal is necessary at times, many of the Christian blogs that I have read that utilize this technique do so to a point of over use. I have also seen many of the blogs that use emotion when they are writing do so out of anger and end up spewing venom at those they are writing about.
Writing emotionally is not bad in and of itself. Writing emotionally when it is damaging to another, distracts from Christ, or it contradicts Matthew 7:12 is another story.
They Have Bad Theology
Now, I don’t claim to know everything there is to know about the Lord, the Bible, and the Christian life, but I do have graduate level education in theology, and what I perceive is a deep and growing understanding of the Lord.
This is not to say you have to have these credentials to write, so don’t get me wrong, but I have come across too many “mommy blogs” presenting very bad theology. I have read many Christian blogs that fail to interpret scripture based on its original context, and/or its entire context.
FF Bruce once said,
When you read the New Testament it is like listening one end of a phone conversation.
When bloggers fail to study the context of scripture and understand “the other end of the phone conversation,” they are doing more damage to the gospel than good. I have seen this over and over…and over and over.
This cherry picking of scripture to make a point loses the entire context of what the Bible writers were saying, and floods the internet with an overabundance of bad theology.
Every Christian should be like the Bereans who studied the word daily to find out if what they heard was true.
Now these [the Bereans] were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things [Paul’s teachings] were so. – Acts 17:11
They didn’t just take everything they heard at face value, and neither should you.
They Write About Ideals And Not Practical Handles
It is easy to put up a blog and start writing about ideals when it comes to living the Christian life, having a Christian marriage, or any aspect of Christianity. When it comes to teaching people how to apply it, the ball drops.
Ideals make people feel good about what they are reading, but with no way to apply it they will be left wanting. Many of the Christian bloggers I have read, fail to give readers practical handles on how to grow, make progress, and mature in the Lord or their relationships.
They Point To An Agenda Rather Than Pointing To Jesus
I have come across many “Christian blogs”, but the problem is many of them don’t point to Christ. They instead point to an agenda whether it is social, racial, political, denominational, or any other rather than pointing to Christ who is all-sufficient.
I question why the writer would call it a Christian blog if they don’t point to Christ?
When a writer pushes an agenda regularly to supremacy rather than elevating Christ to supremacy we are making the issue bigger than the Lord. Yes, writers must tackle real world issues, but we must do so in light of eternity.
They Lack The Balance That Is Jesus Christ
Many Christian blogs lack the balance that is Jesus Christ. They swing their pendulum either too far to the side of libertinism, promoting complete freedom in Christ at the expense of righteous living; or on the contrary they swing too far to the legalistic side, promoting to others to follow a strict set of rules and expectations.
Jesus was God, made man, who called us to holy lives because He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). But, that holiness does not come out of adherence to a set of unbearable rules, regulations, or even expectations. Holy living comes through yielding to the Spirit in all situations, and crucifying the flesh daily.
We have freedom in Christ, but that freedom should not lead us to sin (Gal. 5:13). Rather our freedom should lead us to serve one another in love, fulfilling Christ’s two greatest commandments. Genuine love will never contradict the fruit of love (Gal. 5:22). If your liberty in Christ ever causes you to contradict love, you are sinning.
In a world overcrowded with soapboxes it can be difficult to decipher which voices are genuine and which ones are not. An underlying red flag to not read a Christian blog is if it contradicts scripture at anytime.
The Lord has given you spiritual scenes (discernment), and you should be using them any time you are reading. Weigh every Christian blog (including this one) against these items, as well as against scripture. The truth is you may have to stop reading some Christian blogs.