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Are You Really A Christian Blogger?

Disclaimer (08/18/2019)– I’m not saying if you do not talk about Christ in every post that’s wrong. What I’m saying is we need to speak His name. We need others to know Christ is a part of our lives. Nonbelievers can appear Christlike, but that does not mean they have Christ. Appearances can be deceiving. People not only need to see Christ in us, absolutely, but they need to see Him for who He is. Even though our blog is ours, we are to submit and surrender everything over to Christ. That’s what picking up our cross means.

I might lose people for this post. But I want you to understand, I’m trying to say these things out of love. I can’t make you feel comfortable on my blog when it goes against Christ. Even when it is about Christ, we can’t be comfortable. We must always grow. I pray this pushes you to draw closer to Him and to show others that! ~ T. R. Noble 

Ever since I started my Christian Community series in which bloggers can tell me about their blog, I’ve noticed some issues.

What was most interesting is the majority of people begin their comment saying, “I’m a Christian Blogger.” This is before telling me what their blog is about, and it’s the blog I care about. I think a lot of people in the world claim they are a Christian, too, but in truth, they aren’t. “Christian bloggers” tend to carry these same traits. They will accept the name of being a Christian, but not follow Christ on their blog.

And this is a major problem.

Some of the things I may say sound harsh, and the reality is if we proclaim to follow Christ, this means submitting to Him, placing Him FIRST in everything. Dear reader, if you are a blogger who is a Christian, why does Christ not have first place in your blog? Do you care more about what people think and how they may react (or leave) than pointing people to Christ? Why haven’t you considered including Him more?

Blogs are often about self. 

Self-gain. Validation through others and their compliments. Lust of numbers rising on our stats. Fear of others and what they might think, so we tread lightly.

Did Jesus ever tread lightly? Did Jesus ever act like He cared more about what people thought over what God thought?

This is my point!

We are accountable, in every way, including our blog, on whether or not we are pointing to Christ. The number of people and various countries that come to our blog are all opportunities for people to be witnessed to, encouraged, and for them to see the light of Christ in us.  

Do we think on Judgement Day God will not ask us why we didn’t talk about Him? God won’t ask us why we chose our love of self more than glorifying Him?

I talk about these issues on my blog because I want you to know the truth. Not to make you guilty. Trust me, especially on my second blog, I’m working on incorporating Christ more because He deserves it.

The world wants us to tolerate so many things. Taking God’s name in vain. Nudity. Sex. Gluttony. Love of self. Love of others. But when it comes to loving Christ and showing that to the world…*shakes head* how dare we? Keep it in the closet. Keep your relationship with Him hidden. Don’t stumble the toes of those who do not want to know.

How dare we make them uncomfortable WHEN SIN SHOULD MAKE US UNCOMFORTABLE! WHEN GOD BEING DISRESPECTED SHOULD MATTER TO US!

If we have a blog, people have the option to turn away. It’s not like we are strapping them in a chair and reading every post out loud.

I see so many proclaimed Christian bloggers who are lukewarm. They back away. I see people who want to do more with Christ and others, but then back away also. No one wants the world to hate us, but that is exactly what Christ told us. They hated Him first.

We love the idea of a Savior, right? All that He did for us. But when it comes to being accountable to what we proclaim to others and Him, we can’t. Let’s just keep Him for ourselves. That’s easier, right? That is what makes “everyone else comfortable.” You know, except God, but who really cares about Him? What has God done that mankind can’t fulfill for us on this earth? 

Praise Jesus in the times we have turned away out of fear or choosing self, we do not know the numbers of potentially those who have gone to Hell because we were too scared or didn’t care enough to talk about Christ. Ultimately, they chose for themselves. But we could have been a light. A warning. Maybe, we could have walked them to Christ.

If we keep turning away from Him and keeping Christ only when “we” need Him, we might find out the number.

This is not to make you turn away. This is to push you, a fellow believer, to own up to your words and proclamations about Jesus Christ! He died for us! He gave us a way out! Do not just read this and give a list of excuses in your mind to justify why you are not talking about Him.

Shame on us.

We all could get better. Every single one of us.

 

61 thoughts on “Are You Really A Christian Blogger?

  1. “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come…..Matthew 24:5-14

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  2. Thank you for keeping all of us in check! You are so right, it is imperative that we are not lukewarm. I recently wrote a blog post about not being afraid to share Jesus with the world. It is probably one of the scariest things to do as a Christian, and that is exactly why Christ calls us to be brave.

    You can read that blog post here if you are interested. I would love your feedback! Thanks for sharing.

    https://postcardsfrommattie.wordpress.com/2018/12/24/praying-without-fear-sharing-your-deepest-relationship-with-the-world/

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    1. Hey, Mattie! I noticed your link under your name is not the same blog. If you go to your profile settings, where your circle picture is, you can update the blog link. Otherwise, people are going to a blog link (the one under your name) that is no longer there.

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      1. Unfortunately, I have tried and failed at fixing this. When I go to my settings my current blog site is listed. My old one is nowhere in my settings. I have no idea how to fix it! Thank you for pointing it out!

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  3. Hmm.. I think it’s definitely about perspective. On my blog, I share about Christ but also others topics as well. I have never seen my blog as something for myself – God called me to start blogging so I share specific topics about faith but also about being a mom and wellness to spread the love of God. When we read the stories in the Bible about Jesus, we only have a small look into his life. We get the parts of His life that were noted to be most important by the disciples who were inspired by God to share, but there was so much to Jesus’s life on Earth that wasn’t written down. I think that’s why some Christian bloggers also discuss other topics beyond! But I do agree that overall if we identify ourselves as a Christian we need to represent Christ to others.

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    1. Absolutely! And I’m planning to have a separate on this. People think devotionals only mean Bible stories or scripture discussion. But if we look at Christ He took real world things applied them to scripture. We can absolutely do this with any topic as long as it is good : ) . Anything we write down can be applied to Christ. There was not one time Jesus ever drifted from talking about God in some form and He is our example. How awesome is that! I know it isn’t easy for a lot of people to do every post like that, but this is the aim we should have. Christlike in every way. And what a way to reach people through many topics, too! They may only visit for certain things and they can receive Christ, too! ❤

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      1. As I said, we really only know what is presented in the Bible! He could have had normal interactions where He didn’t necessarily talk about God. We just don’t know. But we are for certain that Jesus was very intentional about sharing about the Gospel to his friends, family, and even strangers! We can’t say for certain that Jesus didn’t just talk about the weather sometimes! But I always think that He represented God in his interactions by spreading joy, love, kindness, and mercy even in those moments where he wasn’t necessarily talking about God directly! But yes, I love what you had to say. I think as Christian bloggers, even when we write about topics not directly related to discussions about faith, we have to do our best to be Christ-like!

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      2. And I’m not disagreeing with anything you are saying : ) there may be a misunderstanding. All I want is for all of us to be focused on Him in all we do. Definitely we should be able to shine His light through our actions, not only words. Yes, anything that is good in this world is a reflection of God already.

        As I shared in my post, in my second blog I do not always speak the name of God. But it’s something I want to do more. I want people to know why I am the way I am.

        Now, do I think it is a sin if we do not say Jesus in every post, no. Never said that. : ) I think blogging is slightly different because we have a bigger podium, so it is awesome to try to apply scripture and Christ to life application as often as we can. Again, not always, but wouldn’t it awesome for His name to just pour from our lips?

        In real life, yeah, it would be weird to try to turn everything to Christ in convo and certainly feel forced. 😄😄 Our examples, like we both agree, must show His love in all ways. And the people in our inner circle we have more one on one time with, which is awesome!! We know Jesus had fun, He didn’t always preach on a hill or in a boat. But whenever there were crowds, He did. And that’s how I view the blog. : )

        My post is really aimed at those who never talk about Jesus. Who, if you look at the majority of posts, if not all, you wouldn’t guess the blogger is a Christian because Christ is missing from the blog. There are nonbelievers who have very wholesome blogs, but that doesn’t mean they are Christian. And I really want people, those who say they are a follower of Christ, to take up their cross and proclaim Him to everyone.

        I hope my explanation is helpful, and clarifies any misunderstanding.

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      3. Sarah, I also want to thank you for the discussion because I’m sure other people were wondering the same as you.

        When you talked about Jesus talking about the weather, I really thought about this. But then the scripture Psalm 19:01 came to mind, “The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” So, I think it’s possible Christ could have had a lesson, or a scripture He spoke as He talked with His friends. (Just, you know, skipping the book, chapter and verse part, cause He’s no show off. I might be tempted though.)

        The Bible does tell us a lot. He studied scripture from a young age. He was all about God. But He also was a carpenter, and He certainly followed His earthly father’s work up until age 30. I definitely think, like you were saying, His workmanship and skill showed the love of God to others without Him necessarily speaking.

        I appreciate your comment because I strive to be clear in all of my posts. I strive to be helpful for my community and readers. I think I might have a post either tomorrow or next week on ways to encourage bloggers on how they incorporate Christ and scripture more in their blogs.

        The Holy Spirit is amazing, and one thing God has taught me and shown me, is how creative He is in getting the truth out. I think Christ’s parables to the crowds are a perfect example.

        There are no limits in His truth. How many women do we see in scripture? Or mothers, or kids. Scriptures about marriage, submission. Psalms about God’s wonders and how that can relate to our creativity.

        There are so many things we can share with people on our blog and connect it to scripture, and it’s really exciting! It’s something we get to do, not something we have to.

        God has been showing me this because for a long time, I didn’t know how to connect a lot of life application to scripture. But then He showed me how washing a dirty towel connects to sin. How my granny square crochet blanket connects to refinement. He’s awesome, and He always has a plan. : )

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      4. Yes, I totally agree with that! I definitely think we can appreciate how God works through every situation! I guess what I was trying to get at in the comment that you can still be a Christian blogger and write about other things too! Or you can be a Christian who blogs and talks about relatable things! I don’t think it necessarily has to be about self just because you’re not directly talking about God in every post as long as you represent Christ through your words is another way to reach people.

        For example, I wrote a post about nursing that a lot people enjoyed but my purpose was to help get a conversation going about women’s health and advocate for women while inspiring others to open up and share their experiences.

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      5. Agreed! And those posts might lead to possible posts about women’s ministry and being there for mothers. We really need Christian women to be there for one another. Everything can be an opportunity and I want people to be encouraged with that, especially those who are not talking about Him at all.

        When I talk about self in this post especially, I really want people to examine themselves, as scripture instructs. Are we willing to admit when we are selfish in our blogging? That kinda of thing. I see so many struggle, and openly admit, they struggle with the love of stats, so I want to encourage people to know and understand what submission to God means, including our blog.

        So grateful for the discussion! Thanks for being so open and honest, in a very kind way ❤

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      6. Of course! I definitely didn’t want to argue or say anything mean. You were perfect in clarifying what you meant! I think our discussion may have been a way for other readers to really understand what you meant! So thank you for taking the time and being so kind and humble to respond to my questions! I really had no intention of saying anything hurtful; I really just wanted to understand!

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      7. I think so, too! Usually with posts like this, there tends to be one or two parts people really struggle with. I either clarify in the comments, or, if multiple comments keep happening (yikes, you should have seen my series on not being a passionate Christian lol!!) I do add clarifying posts just to direct concerns.

        I am grateful because it takes me a step back to work on seeing what people are saying. I’ve had comments not relate to material, but in cases where people are very much involved/concerned on the content people deserve to be heard and for them to feel like they’ve been heard, which I try to do. I’m thankful, in the past year alone, God has helped me become better at directing misunderstandings and/or concerns. He’s also helped me step away when I needed to before immediately responding.

        It’s true, we should go to God in prayer for everything, and I want to work on praying more in how I respond to comments before I do anything. : )

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  4. Awesome post! When I first started my blog I just wanted to talk a little about faith, but it was supposed to mostly be about crafting and our transition to 1 income. But then I felt the Lord leading me to write more about Him and Christian living. I still write about the other stuff, but it just amazes me how God has shifted my focus from the trivial to him. Thanks for the great reminder that we should always be pointing to Christ!

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      1. I feel you! Since the beginning of this year, being unashamed about Jesus has been very heavy on my heart. Last Saturday I hosted a youth conference around this and it was amazing to see how God stirred up hearts. Lukewarmness cannot and will not cut it. Masking the name of Jesus and our faith will not either.

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  5. Amen && Amen! This need to be told for not “everyone” that says they are a Christian is not actually one. We must not only reflect Christ example on the blogosphere but in our daily walk with Him. In our homes, communities, job places, etc. It’s how we live by His example of God’s holiness, power & love. 🙂 God bless and continue to use you for His honor & glory.

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  6. great post, my friend. I honestly don’t think we can have a meaningful relationship with the Lord and leave Him out of our conversations including blogging. I am a Christian, that’s my identity. I am a Christian, who blogs. I can blog about anything, but because my life as a Christian is ultimately who I am, its not possible to leave Him out

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  7. Hey! Thank you so much for sharing this. It has pushed me to take my blog seriously. I’m a new blogger and I get nervous writing about Jesus, but this post has opened my eyes, it’s not about me, it’s about saving souls and leading others to experience the grace and peace I’ve found in Christ.

    Please do check out my blog in your spare time foolishthoughtsdaily.wordpress.com Your comments and critic will be very much appreciated.

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    1. I’m so glad this has blessed you with encouragement !!! It can be hard to discuss Jesus as first but He did everything for us and we never want to hold back His goodness because the world is negative. May you walk in His strength and love!

      If you’re interested in Christian blogging I have a lot of posts that cover the topic. I can share the menu page if you would like to check it out and see if any other posts would be helpful 🙂

      I’ll have to give your blog a look later.

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  8. I agree, there are definitely bloggers sites I have visited that seem very light footed and PC about so many things. Even I have caught myself thinking, “How do I word this so that it doesn’t offend someone?” then I remember Jesus and how He did not care what others thought.

    Great read! I would ask you this though, how are you building other bloggers up in their journey so that they are proclaiming the gospel and not some watered down version of it? Please understand I only want us all as bloggers to be able to proclaim the gospel in a clear and concise manner that allows everyone the chance to understand the power of Christ. 🙂

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    1. I’m really glad you asked the question because your focus is on Christ, so I understand your question. My whole blog is dedicated to pushing believers. I feel like that is my calling. So a variety of topics is covered. But a lot of them are specifically targeted at understanding our walk with Christ as well as how do we reach others as bloggers, and what to do as bloggers.

      I made a page to help people navigate better as I have almost 800 posts on this blog. These are posts, I feel, really help push people to the truth, to dive into scripture and know what it means, and to draw closer to Jesus.

      https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/believers-handbook/

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  9. I enjoyed reading this. It’s great to see how God uses all of us in different ways to further His Kingdom so thank you for posting this. I do have a question, for those who are new to blogging (me) it can be challenging as I have started to blog rather than journal (using crafts, stencils, Washington tape etc) because God put it on my heart to do so. So I describe myself as a Christian who happens to have started blogging. So I hope that anyone who happens upon my site will not think, is this person a Christian??? As my writing develops I pray that the material I post will help someone somewhere as yours has.

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    1. We can show the light of Jesus in anything we do. If it is good, it can reflect Christ. As bloggers, it’s always important to try to leave our readers with pieces of Christ. Be it scripture. How does the project relate to Jesus? I’ve seen some bloggers do tutorials and end it with how it is symbolic of having a walk with Christ.

      These are all these we can improve on daily, and through asking God to help us point to Him in our blog, I believe He will show us. I don’t think it’s necessarily about our ability as much as our willingness to be faithful to Jesus and seek His guidance in how we can show others who He is.

      If I have one reader who comes to my blog one time, will they see Jesus? Do I talk about Jesus? Do I give them Jesus? How can I improve on giving them Jesus? These are things I”m working at. I don’t want the name of Jesus to be hidden on my blog, but out in the open. If Jesus openly intercedes on my behalf, I want to be openly be talking about Him in all I do. 🙂 And especially on my second blog, I do not always. So I understand this push isn’t easy for a lot of Christians who blog.

      But He is worth it. He gave up His life so I could live eternally with Him. In the grand scheme of things, making an effort to include Him in all I do doesn’t compare to what He did, all the more reason I need to. He deserves that recognition and glory, and I truly encourage all Christians who blog to give Him the glory daily. 🙂 With Jesus, all things are possible!

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      1. Amen! I have been and will continue to write from the heart and Jesus is on my heart, it is for Him. Thank you for the encouragement.

        I am not a writer but am willing to step out in this big world fully aware that I am exposed but like you said in the grand scheme of things, this is nothing compared to what He did. May He continue to bless you as you reach people with the words and works He puts upon your heart.

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      2. Yes, go forward in Him!

        I used to think, “I’m not a blogger.”
        I used to think, “I’m not a writer, I’m only a poet.”
        And God changed all of that. We do not have to be equipped for Him to use us. He will equip us as we are.

        God be with you as you journey forward with Him and reach people as well! To Him be the glory!

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  10. Thank you for keeping me grounded in Christ. I am a new Christian blogger and I am going to blog on my own walk, insights into the word and Jesus Christ and include some of my own poetry about God as well. I need to keep this in mind and would like any insight and constructive criticism on what I post as well it is important to put Christ first and stay rooted in the love of the Lord and His word first. This is about Christ and His work in us not about our own gain. Thank you so much for this post.

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