10.16.2005

What Would Jesus Blog?

If Jesus were on earth today, what would He say? And, how would He say it?

I believe that because the Bible says that God is the same yesterday, today and forever, that the answer to the question of what He would say can be found in what He did say. The same thing!

Humanity's failings and need for divine love, grace and provision has not changed. We seem to keep finding ways to hurt ourselves, those we love and corrupt our businesses and our governments. At the same time, God's love and truth for individuals, families and nations remain the same.

The real question for us today has more to do with how He would deliver His message.

This weekend's first national "God Blog" conference seems to have intrigued some in the media. I admit, it sounds like a funny name. I have friends who laughed every time I made reference to the "God Blog Conference." Something about "Blog" immediately following "God" sounded like a joke.


So, back to the question: would He blog? I'm not sure He wouldn't. I think Jesus would give the blogosphere more serious thought than do most Christians...and than do the mainstream media. Because blogging has become the medium of the masses.

Jesus spoke the language of the people to whom He reached out. He used metaphors about trees and plants to an agricultural people. He gave bread and fish to the hungry. He spoke His message in ways that were understood by His audience.

Beyond the technology, however, is the importance of its delivery. In many ways, Christians in our nation act like we've forgotten that Jesus was a "friend of sinners." If you've read this blog for any length of time, you already know that one of my pet peeves is arrogance, pride, a critical spirit and anger justified in the name of the "truth." Jesus loved sinners. He loved people who disagreed with Him, even those who hated Him. He embodied the marriage of love and truth.

I wish the same could and would be said of thos who talk and blog about faith and politics. Unfortunately mean-spiritedness marks blogs on the right as much as the left and the Christian as well as the non-Christian.

Whether or not Jesus would blog, I wonder what He would comment on ours. We would do well to consider what Jesus would think of our blog before hitting "Publish" or "Send" every day, not just once a week on Sunday.

18 Comments:

At 10/16/2005 10:52:00 PM, Blogger Mark Daniels said...

Lores:
Of course, God would blog. He is the Word and it's in His very nature to communicate and commune with us. So, keep on blogging!

It was great meeting you at GodBlogCon. (I'd like to call it ChristBlogCon!)

Blessings in Christ,
Mark Daniels

 
At 10/16/2005 11:02:00 PM, Anonymous God (not really) said...

Well said good and faithful servant.

 
At 10/17/2005 01:57:00 AM, Anonymous michelerayner said...

Lores,
I totally think Jesus would blog. It is a medium of the masses. Because of that fact alone I think Jesus would use blogs to convey his heart and love towards people. And we know He is the most captivating speaker and writer to ever walk the planet.

 
At 10/17/2005 02:00:00 AM, Blogger Mark said...

What an interesting concept!

I think about all the blogposts I have created about my belief in God, and have been surprised at the number of bloggers who disagree with my viewpoint, a viewpoint that I consider entirely Biblical.

This comes from the myriad of different philosophies, translations, and mistranslations.

If Jesus was a blogger, (and who's to say he isn't?) I daresay he wouldn't receive the dissenting comments that we mortals do. After all, He speaks "as one having authority" and who could argue with that?

On the other hand, even though He spoke as one having authority, He did have his retractors, nonetheless.

Yes, indeed, truly an interesting concept!

 
At 10/17/2005 02:55:00 AM, Blogger Goat said...

He blogs today through us His flock and I agree with Lores 100% here. Once we have fully turned our lives over to Him He takes over and can lend His voice to our words if we only let Him. I am walking with Him not He is walking with me though I know He is. It is comforting to have Jesus as your friend and counsel.In my walk with Him I have not met the elite I have met the rotting underbelly, where He chose to walk as I was part of that scummy underbelly at one time.I am not a religious sunday church goer I prefer the route He described in Matthew ch.6 and the clandestine meetings of the faithful for it is folks like us that hold to our strong convictions in the face of adversity that understand the trials of Job or the nation of Israel and her people. Perhaps I should bring my erratic but frequent Bible studies to light in the Barnyard. I just got the idea to start a blog dedicated to Bible study similar to Hugh's for us lesser bloggers as I see a circle of informed bloggers here.

 
At 10/17/2005 03:41:00 AM, Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I couldn't help but think of "Bruce Almighty" when I read your question about Jesus blogging. The image of Jim Carrey with his God powers receiving e-mail from millions praying to him came to mind.

Certainly Jesus' blog would get a huge amount of hits each day, and by the hour.

But I ask you, would he blog liberal, or would he blog conservative? And do you think he'd link and blogroll a pagan blogger like me?

 
At 10/17/2005 03:44:00 AM, Blogger Goat said...

Ok it has been created, The Barnyard Bible Study blog; barnyardbiblestudy.blogspot.com and invitations to friends have been sent to join.

 
At 10/17/2005 06:11:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

mark daniels: welcome to "just a woman!" :)

it was so good to meet you too! you are such an encouragement. God bless!

god(not really): thank you!

michele: i agree with you. blogging is the current medium of the masses. Jesus loves the masses.

mark m: good reminder. if He--who embodied all love and all truth--was attacked, then not all the attacks we receive are bad ones :)

goat: thanks. i'll check out your Bible study.

wordsmith: well, since Jesus was a "friend of sinners," He would be buddies with liberals. (just kidding!!!)

i don't think Jesus would fall on one end or the other of the political spectrum.

and, about His blogroll, He would either have no blogroll or blogroll everyone...like a parent, pulling out a wallet with pictures of every child with pride.

 
At 10/17/2005 12:51:00 PM, Blogger Jaymeister said...

and who's to say he isn't?

Mark stole a little bit of my thunder. The first question that came to my mind when reading Lores' post was "How do we know that God isn't already blogging and, if so, who's blog is it?" Is it Captain's Quarter's, or is it Atrios? I imagine that God's blog would meet with a lot of dissent in any event.

But answer honestly: If a blogger claimed to be God, would you take Him/Her seriously, or file a report with local mental health facilities? If God blogged and it turned out that He/She was not the Christian/Jewish/Muslim God you grew up believing in, would you just be dismissive or would you alter your belief system? These are interesting questions.

 
At 10/17/2005 08:00:00 PM, Blogger Jerry McClellan said...

Personally, I don't believe Jesus would blog. Based on what I read in scripture, He would be out among the people, on the streets meeting people where they are.

Maybe He would charge His disciples to blog though.

 
At 10/17/2005 08:31:00 PM, Blogger Charlie said...

As a professional computer geek, I can assure you that computers are tools of Satan. Thus, Jesus would not blog.

You'll recall, for instance, that all of mankind fell into sin after Eve gave Adam an Apple (Genesis 3). But lest Microsoft boast, the Scriptures also tell us that both King David (1 Samuel 19) and the Apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 11) were let down by Windows at critical moments.

Thus, I think I have shown conclusively that Jesus would not blog. He would probably come on as a guest on Hugh Hewitt's radio show, however. Wonder what Hugh's 5 questions would be?

All seriousness aside, you're very right that Christian bloggers need to set a tone of love and mercy. Good challenge, Lores. And it was nice meeting you at Biola.

Another Think

 
At 10/17/2005 08:32:00 PM, Blogger Charlie said...

BTW: I love Far Side!

 
At 10/18/2005 12:23:00 AM, Blogger Cabe said...

Jesus wouldn't blog?

In Ancient Jerusalem where Christ lived, the bullwhip that was used to whip cattle and cast money changers out of the temple had certain wooden blocks on it. Were these called blogs? I'm just wondering, I really don't know.

 
At 10/18/2005 12:43:00 AM, Blogger Erudite Redneck said...

Re, "wordsmith: well, since Jesus was a "friend of sinners," He would be buddies with liberals. (just kidding!!!)"

This made me, a liberal in many ways, smile. :-)

Jesus IS blogging, through that part of the Body of Christ that counts bloggers among them.

BTW, re: the "Jesus is a liberal" post up at my place, mentioned today by Mark at his place:

I never intended to suggest that Jesus gave a rip about politics. He didn't. Nor did he give a rip about earthly government.

BUT, one can infer how we would fall on important issues of the day. Based on two things, the Sermon on the Mount, and Love God and love your neighbor as yourself, I infer that He would be considered a liberal. Others differ. And that's cool. :-)

Sorry if I tracked mud in here.

Peace.

--ER

 
At 10/18/2005 12:53:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

charlie and cabe: funny :)

jerry, jaymeister and the press: yes, i do believe that as He would desire to serve, to love, to heal, to give hope and to be in relationship with people through His body on earth, He would do likewise in the blogosphere.

jerry and the press: welcome to Just A Woman! i'm glad to have you both here :)

 
At 10/19/2005 04:13:00 AM, Blogger Alexander M Jordan said...

Hi Lores:

You have a terrifically energetic blog, which seems to be a reflection of your energy!

I enjoyed meeting you at GodBlogCon. By the way, I hope you don't mind, I've posted a pic of you, "in blogger mode", over at my blog, Jordan's View. Stop by and leave a comment.

I didn't take that many photos and I selected just a few as a representation of people at the conference.

I like your blog.

Keep on blogging for Him,

Alex

 
At 10/19/2005 07:21:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

hey alex, welcome to Just A Woman. it was great meeting you too. i look forward to your comments over here! :)

and, no problem about posting my pic. i'm going to check it out right now.

 
At 10/27/2005 08:35:00 AM, Blogger Yourbeloved said...

Great article written !!!! Awesome stufff...And i am sure God blogs in ways big and small through his people.

God bless...:D

 

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