How many of us get a comment like that on our blogs? Some blogger who we have never seen pops by, says nothing much really, but only this:
Nice Blog! Follow me too!
That’s irritating, right? In fact, I am pretty sure I read somewhere that this violates the “rules” of blogging etiquette. Obviously, that is a person simply fishing for followers. Rude, I say! In fact, I want to report those guys to the Emily Post blogging etiquette helpline.
But, wait, there’s more!
What do we do most times with those guys? For the most part, we probably ignore them, as if they never spoke. We might even give them short, “thanks,” THEN ignore them. On a bad day, we might even point out their rudeness. After all, pointing out rudeness by being rude is the national sport these days.
We all want readers, likes and follows. Admit it, you do too! Especially Christian bloggers, because we all know that success in the Kingdom of God is measured by butts in the pews so to speak; obviously we don’t get butts in pews on WordPress, but followers and likes are the next best thing.
Friends, allow me to tell you what I do with those guys. I follow them, each and every one. I don’t care if you write about underwater basket weaving. I don’t care if you write really lame poetry(and oh so many do.) I don’t even care if you write about the joys of smoking weed. I. Just. Don’t. Care. Come by, say hi, follow me…and most likely I will do the same in return. Then, I will probably read your lame poetry and even your latest experience in mind-altering drugs. I might even say a word or two. Of course, I don’t have much to offer on your blog about underwater basket weaving, but I can at least say howdy every now and then.
Huh? You say? “Why on earth would you read such junk?”
Let me ask you this if you have a church you call home. If a stranger wanders in the door and says, “Hey nice place,” what do we do? I hope we don’t jump right into how jacked up their lives are, and offer them a church covenant and direct deposit offering form to fill out. No, I sure hope not. I hope we might bring them in, offer them our seat and extend a hand of fellowship. I hope we might even check in with them later, and see how they are doing. Maybe offer a kind word, even when they are doing stuff like smoking weed. I hope we won’t rail against their shortcomings, and I hope we won’t tell them their poetry sucks.
Friends, I love you all, and the fellowship with other Christian bloggers is sweet for sure. We are commanded to extend the hand of fellowship to the brethren, and to support and edify one another. Yet, there is something else we are called to do.
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Another thing to remember:
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Friends, let’s get out there and do some reading on underwater basket weaving!