I have resisted the thought of joining the blogging brigade. The thought that anyone really wanted to know what was on my mind every day, seemed a little ridiculous to me. I don’t always want to know what I’m thinking about every day, myself. Furthermore, the idea that someone could have unlimited space to say whatever they think, without an editor, without the constraint of time or space, without having to meet any standard of accuracy in what is said, seemed vain and, potentially, very irresponsible.
I guess, however, I am changing my mind. I have thought about the history of media in the 20th century. When silent movies moved to “talkies” formerly great actors with box office appeal could not make the transition…their voices did not seem to match their “image,” or the expectations of their fans. Politicians complained with the advent of TV that their campaigns had been reduced to sound bites and to the photogenic quality of their appearance. Substance was being sacrifice for style. So I have begun to think, although I only have three months left in this work with the BGCT, that maybe I shouldn’t complain about bloggers and simply recognize that this is the “democratization,” of information and opinion. Any person can be heard from. There are no editors to get in the way. There is no space limitation which governs what newspapers and magazines can deliver, nor time limitations which controls TV and radio reports.
So, it is time, maybe way past time, for me to “jump in” to the blogosphere.
Another thing happened to me. I realized that although I have to be responsible to the EXBD of the BGCT, to the churches of our convention, and to my staff and there are some things I cannot talk about because of both honor and law, and that I have a responsibility to promote the unity of this family of faith, still there was much that could be said. Then, last week a person from one of our churches in Midland, emailed me and asked me a question. After I responded, he wrote back to tell me that it really helped him to get the updated information. He had not been reading the reports in the Baptist Standard or they had left him somewhat confused and my response was appreciated and helpful. Clearly, people who have heard falsehoods, really want to hear truths. So I decided that perhaps blogging could be a great way to be in conversation with our Baptist people across Texas…and anyone else who wants to join in.
I plan to be on vacation next week, but I am going to take my laptop with me. If it gets to be too much…we’ll just have to catch up on the conversation after I get back…but I’m one of those people who doubts that anyone will want to read this, much less have much comment to make…but we’ll see.
My plan is to post tomorrow the answers I sent to the brother in Midland. Perhaps they will be interesting and helpful to you.
We will try to keep this in mind: “Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Eph. 4:15-16
We’ll talk another time about what it means to be a member of the church.
We are loved.