10 Traits of a True Christian Blogger
[guestpost]In this post, Melanie Baker-Nash a moderator of our Christian Bloggers Community gives us some practical, biblically based tips for our online interaction – What to look out for to stay safe online, and also what to avoid for personal Christian integrity.[/guestpost]
No matter how removed the internet can make social interaction, the truth is that there are REAL people behind social media profiles and blogs…Yes I am one of them!
Scripture warns of false prophets and we need to be careful online in our dealings with others and also of our own Christian integrity.
Without sounding too judgemental, I can tell you from observation, sometimes there is more self-promotion than genuine Christian care for others online; even within our Christian Bloggers Google+ Community. I wonder if this could this be simply because we do not SEE the person face-to-face?
The lack of consideration in online dealings with others has been on my heart recently and also online safety for my Christian brothers and sisters, so I have decided to write this post.
10 Traits of a True Christian Blogger:
They will love one another:
This blogger is going to interact and consistently show respect for others. A true disciple will care about others and therefore respond to your comments and questions respectfully. If a blogger has no time for discussion…by this I mean they only want to be heard and don’t have time to ‘listen’ (respond), I’d be highly suspicious of their integrity.
See Ref. John 13:34-35; 1 John: 4
They will demonstrate patience with others:
Annoyance, intolerance, anxious outbursts all should be basically non-existent by a mature Christian, blogger or not, face to face or not. If in your online experience you encounter someone who seems unsteady and not even-tempered, your internal alarm bell should be ringing. If you do like this person’s posts, I’d recommend observing a while longer and remaining guarded.
See Ref. 1 Cor 13:4-7; 2 Tim 1:7
They will be in the online world, but not of it:
A true Christian blogger should be like a shining torch directing to a closer relationship with Jesus. Self-promotion and/or cult following should not feature. Their posts will be scripturally sound and be counter-cultural, although this does not mean not culturally irrelevant.
See Ref. Matt 5:14-16; 1 John 4:1-6; Rev 18: 4
They will be humble (not love themselves)
This blogger is still teachable. They will not promote themselves as someone who has ALL the answers. They will still be under authority – this usually would be their pastor/priest – and they will still be active in study such as; Bible studies, Bible College and/or read other Christian writings.
See Ref. 1 Peter 5:1-5
Generating income will not be their 1st priority
Personally I have chosen not to have ads on my blog and I readily admit this is a personal choice. Some bloggers have chosen to do this, but honestly I am turned off when sometimes I have gone to a Christian Blog and I have to endure women in lingerie, or graphic un-Christian ads getting in my way of the text, and I think surely the small revenue is not worth having this rot on your page? However the real warning would be bloggers who push their products/books onto you and/or solicit you for money.
See Ref. 1 Tim 6:10-19
They will not boast and over self-promote
A true Christian Blogger will be working for Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. If a blogger is boastful and promotes themselves just like a non-Christian celebrity I would be worried. If a blogger has a marketing plan that takes precedence over their personal relationship with Christ it will show through – cracks will appear because their foundation will not be secure.
2 Cor 10: 12-18; Prov 27:1-2; 2 Tim 3:1-9
They will not be abusive
This should be a no-brainer; however some people are frail while they are searching online for answers to their faith questions and take abuse from people whom they believe are spiritually superior. This is wrong, we all need to be careful and observe a person’s character before we give weight to their words/teaching.
1 Pet 5:1-5; 2 Tim 3:1-9;
Their character will be consistent
This takes time! I believe it takes more time to assess someone’s character when you don’t see them face-to-face. It is a challenge to asses someone’s integrity when you are mostly only able to read their words and not hear their voice or see their life. So if you enjoy a blogger’s posts just take your time and enjoy the posts, while focussing firstly upon your own relationship with Christ, and testing all that you read with scripture and your Christian mentors. In my opinion, blog posts should NEVER replace personal devotional time with The Lord and scripture and/or group bible studies with your church.
See Ref. 1 John 4:1-3
They will not belittle or try to discredit other Christians
For me, if a blogger is ‘mouthy’ this sets off huge alarm bells!
See Ref. Titus 3:1-11
They will not preach a worldly message that is inconsistent with scripture:
This is a genuine point; however I admit is a difficult one for new Christians reading blog posts as they will not be as familiar with scripture as others. In all honesty I don’t think online blogs are the best source of reliable Christian content for new Christians or a responsible endeavour by new Christians who want to write Christian messages. Sorry if that sounds tough – but scripture says the mature are to teach and we are accountable for our words.
See Ref. James 3:1; Matt 12:36-37
To summarise a true Christian blogger who aims to obey The Lord by obeying His command to love The Lord first and foremost and others as him or herself will:
- Exhibit love for others
- Demonstrate patience
- Be a light in this dark world pointing to Jesus
- Remain humble and under authority
- Money will not be their master
- Not be self-seeking or boastful
- Not be abusive
- Have consistent character
- They will not belittle or aim to discredit others
- Have posts which are biblically sound and proclaim the Gospel faithfully
This post is based upon scripture and my online experience. If you would like to add anything in the comment section which is also beneficial for others, please feel free to do so. I truly hope that this post is helpful for the body of Christ.
About Melanie Baker
Melanie Baker is an Australia Christian woman, and mother of 3 sons. Melanie is active in local ministries, and also studies ministry/theology via distance education. Melanie has a varied work background ranging from Dance teacher to Carer. Being a creative person Melanie feels most comfortable in the arts; loving to express herself and talk about Jesus' love!