This is a brief post l want to add to the record about social media and responsibility. This blog aims to be a responsible element that adds to the value of the internet and communities. It’s this blog’s concern that social media is not showing responsibility today. With that said this blog made a mistake in a post about McLean Bible the other day about their Christmas lights display. I just want to admit this and give an apology to David Platt’s church.
“Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts.”
28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss[a] your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”
Luke 2:28-32 NIV
This is a post to step back and address a blog post I did a couple of days ago which was brought to my attention.
Social Media and Responsibility
This blog puts in a lot of time and effort into the stories and issues I write about. There is a lot of free time spent talking to people and interviewing as well as discussing their situation. This blog takes me around quite a bit and I find myself traveling often. I have put a lot of mileage on my car in driving up and down the East Coast. And its also taken me out to the Midwest a couple of times as well. This blog spends a lot of time researching and looking into different issues. From the Evangelical Free Church of America to Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago and local D.C. churches in my backyard. It takes a lot of effort to read, research, listen to sermons, transcribe parts and move forward. And keep in mind I do this while having a busy life in the Washington, D.C. area as well.
This blog remains deeply concerned about the growing toxicity of the internet. Over the last 5 years I witnessed first hand how the internet has gone dark. Chief among this concern is alternative facts and dis-information that is poisoning the well. As I have researched and written there are some dark web pages pushing fraudulent conspiracies that I have seen some people then push on Twitter and social media. This blog is not about statistics. If it were driven by statistics then I would drop writing about atheism as many evangelicals and others don’t like to read those posts anyhow. Yet I feel firmly that posts like that need to be done. I try and fill a niche in talking about faith and religion from all sides. But I believe that social media needs to practice responsibility and quite often I struggle to see that take place. The downside to a blog is that the more posts you have the more of a footprint you leave. That can encourage people to leave up posts that are inaccurate. Responsibility is a topic that many in social media need to have an honest discussion about and quite frankly many are not talking about that issue at all.
What I am Critical of in Evangelical Christianity
One of my biggest criticisms that I have with Evangelical Christianity is that Christians don’t admit error and ask for forgiveness. Churches act more like Fortune 500 corporations where they are often more concerned with the bottom line then doing the right thing. Something is deeply wrong when a church is acting like a business and making like minded decisions. I never received a proper apology in my mess and I speak with people who tell me that want to hear their individual church or ministry admit their mistake as well. That is actually one of the goals of this blog is to get churches and ministries to admit error and do the right thing. When you are listening to an attorney more than the Bible you claim to preach something is seriously wrong. However I feel that should be applied across society from the business world to the political one. I state all this to address the following issue and a mistake this blog made a few days ago.
An Apology to David Platt’s McLean Bible
The other day this blog did a post about the Christmas light display at McLean Bible. I drove through and noticed that there wasn’t a manger scene. Since McLean Bible now falls into the Neo-Calvinist camp l wondered and asked if the reason they didn’t have a manger scene is due to Neo-Calvinist theology. A recent article at John Piper’s Desiring God asked a question about mangers being idolatry also influenced me to write the post. Well, after l wrote the post someone emailed me a picture of a manger scene in lights at the McLean Bible light show. I realized that l was mistaken. It must have been off when l drove through. I was thinking of correcting the post but decided it was probably best to take it down. This blog doesn’t want to contribute to dis-information as that is not my goal. All the other articles about McLean Bible that l have composed l stand behind. But to David Platt and McLean Bible this blog wants to issue you an apology. I’m sorry. My mistake, it wasn’t intentional but l wanted clear the air and admit it and ask for forgiveness for what was said in accident.