Tuesday, June 06, 2006

A Week of Blogging 4

Once again, my idea for today comes from another blogger, Gibbe at Kisses of Sunshine. She posted a link to an article, A Model of Faith. (Once more, I bemoan my inability to make links work properly--sorry).

The article poses some interesting questions about what being a Christian means in our modern world, and how we represent our faith to others.

One of the things I have noticed since I started blogging is that very few people comment when I post about a serious subject and treat it seriously.

Most of the comments are in response to lighter, more humourous posts.

So where does my faith enter into my blogging life? I comment on other blogs. I notice when someone expresses a concern, and either leave a comment or send an e-mail. People seem to be more comfortable (in general) talking about very personal concerns in private, not on the public blog page. I offer to pray, express my sympathy or concern, ask what I can do to help.

My own response to the "in your face" style of faith presentation is usually to back away. I have a strong sense of my own "personal space" and I don't like being backed into a corner and preached at or yelled at.

So I try not to do it to others. (My own kids will tell you different--they think I am prone to preach to them at the drop of a hat. I maintain that it is a mama's right/responsibility to preach to her kids at any time, on any subject, once they get too big/too old to spank).

Yesterday I read about the Roe v. Wade lady, Miss McCorvey, and her eventual transformation and acceptance of Christ. I noticed that it did not come from her interactions with the "in your face" protesters, but in quiet, personal interactions through which she saw Christ and His love reflected in the day-to-day lives of ordinary Christians.

The opinions I have expressed here are my own, and not meant to be critical of anyone who believes or behaves differently. Each person has to find her/his own way of living personal faith, and those expressions are, I think, usually a reflection of who the believer is, and how that person came to accept Christ.

I don't consider myself the model. I am just a dim reflection of the Christ I worship, the God who created me, the Holy Spirit who seeks to inform and infuse me.

Some days, dimmer than others.


GiBee said...

Excellent post, Jan!

I do have to say, though, that red flags just kept poping up left and right as I read that article. I am struggling on whether I should post about it or not tomorrow, because I don't want to appear as an "in-your-face" type of person... But there are so many things I was triped up on in that article, and I feel like I just can't let it go as truth!

What a debate.

Well, I guess we'll see what I end up doing tomorrow! I'll email you about how to link!

aggiejenn said...

I enjoyed your thoughts on this article. I commented on GiBee's site, but I think I need to post on it, too. I seem to have a lot to say. I like your style of encouraging others and not being "in your face." Although, there is certainly a time and place for that style, too. Blessings!

Reverberate58 said...

I too don't like to get in others face and keep my distance from those that try to get in mine. I post my feelings and hope they don't come off as expecting everyone to fall in line behind me on my path! Nice post.