Those two words may seem to be antonyms to you. Sometimes they seem that way to me. Blogs are the place where writers can tell the world exactly what they think about any given issue and we (the writers/bloggers) get to set the agenda. I don’t know if you know this but most of us have these little nifty tools in our blogs called “blog stats.” Seriously, I can tell you how many people read my blog yesterday and the day before and the day before that! I can tell you exactly how many people read my post on whether the Apostle Paul would play Playstation 3 yesterday. I can tell you what my most popular article is and I can tell you where most of my traffic is coming from.
My hope in starting this blog was to encourage Christians to live as “elect exiles” (1 Peter 1:1) in this lost world. In other words, when I started EE with Tyler and Kevin–I wanted to strive for EE to be centered around the gospel. I think in many ways that is true of EE, I especially tend to think that is the case with Tyler and Kevin’s posts. I think as I grow in my understanding of the gospel, my humility ought to grow as well. The gospel is after all the good news that Jesus, the King of the universe, chose the most humiliating path possible in order to reconcile us to God (Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 1:20-23). So if this blog is truly centered around the gospel–its posts ought to be seasoned with humility.
I think its easy for bloggers to fall into the pit of making their blog all about themselves. We staunchly defend our posts in the comment meta, we see the kind of hits that controversial posts get and so we decide to post more and more controversial things. Don’t get me wrong, I am not opposed to controversy, sometimes we need to be controversial for the sake of Christ–He didn’t shy away from controversy, in fact you could say Christ willing stepped into controversy to pay for our sin! That said, controversy for the sake of controversy is pride.
Yesterday I wrote a long and detailed post about why my wife and I will not be celebrating Santa Clause (in typical way) when we have Children. I have now deleted that post. I stand by everything that I said in that post and would be glad to tell you why, but I am not sure I posted it with an attitude of humility–in fact if I am completely honest, I would admit that I knew that the post would probably generate a lot of hits because it was controversial. Controversy for the sake of blog hits is definitely pride. So upon the Lord’s conviction, I decided it best to just delete the post.
Deleting the post had nothing to do with those who commented on here or on the RSS Feed that was posted to Facebook. I deleted the post because I sensed pride in my own heart that needed to be put to death–my conscience before the Lord was the motivation for deleting it. I also failed to think carefully about the number of well-meaning Christians who do celebrate Santa Clause in their homes. I think the issue of Santa Clause needs to be thought about carefully by Christians, but I don’t want to be the kind of pastor who makes people feel like they have to get on board my ship when they are not yet ready. There are things that people need to get on board with me on (i.e. that Jesus is the Son of God who died on a cross and was raised on the third day) but the conviction not to celebrate Santa Clause is not one of them.
I still hold to the arguments I made in that post, but I asked myself whether my purpose in writing was more to encourage other believers or to prove myself right–I couldn’t honestly answer that question and that drove me to delete the post.
I want EE to be firmly centered on the glory of Christ and the good of His bride, the Church. Just because my arguments may be sound doesn’t mean that my motives are. That said, I confess that my motives were not centered on the glory of God and the good of His Church yesterday, and I hope you understand my decision to delete the post. Thank you to all who commented. If anyone would like to read it, feel free to post a comment here and I will gladly send it to you via email (when you comment, only no one other than me can see your email address).
Finally, a word to you, the reader: If you ever sense pride in my blogging–feel free to let me know. One of the great things about blogs is that you can leave comments. I am incredibly appreciative ANYTIME someone leaves me a comment, even if they completely disagree with me, because that says they took the time to read something that I wrote. So please feel free to comment and feel free disagree with me–I could even be wrong! When you comment, it keeps me on my toes and helps me think and at times even convicts me of something, or helps me see where I went astray. Your commenting makes blogging fun and sharpens my thinking, I will do my best to make sure that what I am posting is written in humility, with a desire to see God glorified and the body of Christ edified. None of my posts will ever be perfect–though I hope they will be seasoned with humility, they will also at times be seasoned with my sin-nature.