Blogsville, The New Community

You know that saying, behind every great man there’s a great wife, telling him what to do? Well, I’m not that great man, but we do have a great message to tell.

“You can reach more people with a blog than a book,” she kept telling me. I finally gave in. We’ve been in Blogsville nearly a month now, and you know what? I kind of like it.

Our message is about how God’s plan for His people to be a community of love to advertise the God of love. I’m talking 1 Corinthians 13 kind of love, 4 Love is patient…kind…does not envy or boast…is not proud.5 It does not dishonor others..is not self-seeking…not easily angered…keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (NIV)

So, we beat the drum telling anyone who will listen how we need to heed our Lord’s command to love one another in that way.

What a shock to find many of those qualities in Blogsville. It’s kind of surprising since we are in competition. On the whole we don’t act like it. We are inviting, polite, don’t boast and keep our anger under control The other day a blogger visited our site and invited us to share our poetry with his community. Another admired our site and invited us into their “home.” Bloggers tend to get along, although there must be exceptions.

The Christian community could be more like that. We could lick our wounds, stop our squabbling over creeds, cooperate rather than compete and unite in our common cause. What is that? Well it’s not our doctrines or superior morals; it’s a mission that models and tells the good news of God’s love and forgiveness. Remember John 3:16? Here’s our paraphrase: God loved us so much, He offered His only son’s life as a sacrifice to save us. That’s a lot of love to show and tell.

That doesn’t mean we have to agree on everything. But we do need to be in agreement.  Our mission is bigger than our doctrinal spats, know what I mean?

3 thoughts on “Blogsville, The New Community

  1. I’ve also been active for about a month in blogsville and also enjoying it very much.
    Why do you think it operates so well?

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      • OK, sorry I didn’t understand your point, TB. As I understand it, you believe the church
        is disobeying Christ because we are asking the world to come to us, while Jesus said, “Go!”
        Is that right? If so, should we be praying for these workers to go or should we go ourselves.
        The command “go” was made to the twelve (or the 70 perhaps). I assume the command applies
        to every believer. I’m not sure you can make a case from scripture that every believer has
        been commissioned to go, when the command was made specifically to certain individuals. He
        hand picked and trained them himself and then commissioned them as apostles (those who are
        sent). If every believer must do this, we all should follow the rest of the command of Jesus,
        in chapter 10 of Luke. Are you saying we should leave our homes, pack no bag, take no money or
        credit cards, speak to no one on the road, knock on doors, determine whether they will take
        you in, feed and house you and become the base of operations for healing the sick and declaring
        that the kingdom of God has come. Are you following this command of Christ? I’m not, because
        I do not believe these words were directed to me by Christ, but to specially called individuals
        who are called to be apostles.

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