Blogs are a unique venue. Anyone can write one and random people from anywhere in the world can read them once they stumble across them. They provide an avenue for releasing one’s thoughts on the general public for a variety of reasons. Political blogs can pound politicians. Personal blogs can expose more person than one cares to see or hear. Religious blogs can take people down paths that only the unintelligent might follow. There are blogs for photography, music, writing, Information Technology, children’s issues, and marriage issues. You name the topic, wholesome or not, and chances are there is a blog that speaks to that issue.
Everyone hopes that others will read their blog. Some may even expect to become “well-known” because of their blog. However, most bloggers are simply using a specific forum to express themselves.
The thing about blogs is that they provide a clean slate on which to put words. Words are powerful things whether written on a blog or spoken to another person. They can encourage and heal, they can discourage and wound. At times either of those intents can be used by the blogger intentionally or unintentionally.
Basically, in our country and in the blogosphere, we are free to say anything. I am free to say anything. But does that mean I should?
Yesterday, while at the doctor’s office, I noticed they had a picture of Laura and President Bush hanging on one of the file cabinets. Someone had taken a marker and drawn devil like attributes on the President’s face. My comment to the nurse was this, “There are some countries where you would be shot for doing that.” Her response was, “They must not be free countries.” “You are right,” I said and then continued, “Just because we are free to do something does not mean we should. He is still the President of the United States and we ought to respect that.”
I am learning that blogs are the same way. Just because we can write something does not mean that we should. The writer of Proverbs says it this way:
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips he is deemed intelligent. (17:27-28)
Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?