As the article “Christians, Be Careful What You Say On Facebook” approaches two million views, I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who has read it and shared it. The overwhelming majority of comments that I have received on social media websites from fellow Christians have been positive, which has been very encouraging. Thanks for the kind emails, messages, and comments. That being said, there are a few more grey hairs on my head from sorting through everything that’s been said. Most of the readers understood it; many readers walked away with different conclusions. It’s been an interesting experience.
Since I’ve received a lot of email asking me to expand on certain statements, what I’ve decided to do is to take the top three biggest misconceptions and questions about the article, and attempt to briefly answer them below:
Why are you saying that Christians should be quiet about social issues?
- I’m not saying that. I explicitly state that “There is nothing wrong about outwardly expressing your disgust at sin.” All I’m saying is to be careful how you speak about issues. If we’re merely launching attacks at people without being broken for them, there’s a problem. That’s what the article was meant to address.
Why did you say that all Christians look at porn, and what does that have to do with anything?
- I said “many” Christians are looking at porn or something close to it. Obviously, not “all” Christians are currently doing this. The intent behind bringing up pornography was not to say, “Shut up about other people’s sins because you’re a sinner too.” Not at all. The reason I brought up pornography is because it looks bad for fellow Christians to talk about sexual perversion when, without their knowledge, my Facebook feed is lighting up with adult content that they have liked.
If you article is about acceptance, why won’t you change your pronouns?
- You may not like this, but the point of the article is not acceptance. That’s a different issue for a different day. The pronouns remain masculine because of my personal convictions on human sexuality. I’m not expecting anyone else to understand or accept this conviction, but it is deeply tied to my theological views on God, humanity, eschatology, ecclesiology and other things you might not be aware of. I say that, simply to point out that a Christian’s view of sexuality is deeper than the “one man, one woman, end of story” statement on marriage. So while it may seem ridiculous for Christians to be tenacious with their pronouns, many of them legitimately mean no disrespect. It’s just that you’re asking them to change their doctrines.
Many of your questions were worthy of their own blog post. Perhaps they will be something I can address in the near future. For now, I hope this adds a little clarity.
Thanks for reading,
(Thoughts? Comments? Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org)