Count The Cost Of Truth | What To Consider For Each Post

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post for Christian bloggers, and this topic always seems to be a problem, especially for newer bloggers. I hope the advice below is helpful to you.

As I continue to work through privating old posts on my blog, I am reminded of the struggle I used to have with numbers. I know many people can be tripped up on how many comments, likes, or follows they get on their social media. This can be a major temptation for Christians to fall into. Fear of people-pleasing and not sharing the truth because of it. It’s not about numbers, but it is silly to act like, if we are not careful, numbers won’t matter to us or have any impact on us at all.

Sadly, numbers can do that. Often, we can use numbers as ways to affirm “God” is approving of what we are doing. I have no doubt God can bless ministries with an increase. Sadly, I also have no doubt the doctrines of demons can also bring an increase. This is why it is so important to know scripture, its context, and to learn from scripture what God truly desires from us. Numbers can be a blessing, but they can be an idol, too.

It’s more appealing and palatable to go after watered-down material or topics that are simply more “fun.” There is a temptation to bend to the catering of emotions because we want to liked and we want others to think well of us. As bloggers, we often become blind to our own pride. We think we are helping others, but it is possible we are actually catering to ourselves.

My Own Experiences

When I started learning about false teachers, I saw the need for people to be aware of false teachers. So, I wrote a number of posts warning against false teachers, and I did name some people. My hopes were to address topics and teachers I, myself, used to believe. The goal was to expose lies while pointing to scripture and what scripture actually said. To my audience, however, it looked like all I was doing was attacking people, and sadly, this is a common concern many will have when you discuss false teachers. Check out Youtubers, bloggers, and podcasts who discuss false teachings, and you’ll see the same questions, accusations, and concerns. This does not mean the concern is not valid, people do deserve answers. We should be ready to help others understand why we cover the topics we do.

On my blog, I admit, there were posts I needed to edit. Similar to a new believer, I was so hyped about warning people, in my ignorance, I didn’t realize readers would struggle as much as they did with the content. My approach needed a little softening. Also, I was not prepared for the issues people would have with the posts. I needed to get more of a backbone, still working on it.

Whenever we believe a teaching or a teacher to be trustworthy, it’s really hard to hear otherwise. We definitely need to have material available and research done before publishing posts on topics, should questions get raised. I was naive in not expecting what would happen, and I was not ready.

Therefore, it’s important to be well-informed and well-researched with posts you want to cover. You need to be able to think of concerns, questions, and possibly accusations people might have before you click publish. Try to address those concerns best as you can in your post.

Make sure you have scripture to explain the topic, and make sure you are understanding the context of scripture. It’s so easy to use snippets and proof-texts of scripture out of context. Please understand, proof-texting does have its place. If you aren’t familiar, proof-texting is when we look up a topic, and then gather scriptures talking about that topic, as a way to prove our point. Often, however, proof-texts are taken out of context, so the actual meaning is left behind and scripture-twisting is more easily done.

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What Does God’s Word Say?

  • (ESV) James 1:19, “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.”
  • (ESV) Ecclesiastes 7:09, “Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.”
  • (ESV) Psalm 119: 33-34, “Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.“
  • (ESV) Proverbs 3:05, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
  • (ESV) Proverbs 28:26, “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.”

Here are some things to consider before publishing a post:

  • Does this glorify self or God – Am I writing this because it’s easy? Is this just another number to add to my stack of published posts? Why am I writing this, and is it needed? Is this just a vent session?
  • Have I done the proper amount of research? – Have I looked at articles, books, or videos on the topic I want to cover? Have I considered other perspectives where people might differ? Do I consider questions that might be raised by others and answer them in the post? Above all else, do I understand what scripture says about this topic and have I prayed?
  • Am I giving a HOW-TO answer? – So, this has been something a sister in Christ and I have discussed. There are many false teachings, like the Seeker-Driven movement I came out of, that promote vague answers. For example, “You need to connect to God in prayer.” … On the surface, it sounds like a good answer, but it doesn’t make sense. What does it mean to “connect to God in prayer”? How does one connect to God? Statements like these are not answers, rather, they provide more questions than anything. If we make a statement, we need to be able to explain it clearly, and with scripture.
    • Being able to answer these questions might help show where the false teachings are. There are many eastern practices promoted in prayer that are slapped with the title “Christian.” But emptying the mind, “listening” for God outside of scripture, etc promotes a false god of our own mind, it invites demonic possession (as this attempt to seek God is mystical), and it invites demons as angels of light.
  • Am I avoiding a topic simply out of fear? – I struggled with this and I still do, honestly. Most times, I have talked about godly living, people feel like I am promoting legalism. To be fair, I know there are better ways to explain what I am trying to say. I will continue to work on my words.
    • I have noticed that others who discuss godly living also run into the same questions and concerns, so, in general, there are misconceptions about godly living. That is no reason to avoid the topic. My job is to help people with these misconceptions. Godly living is important and to simply avoid the topic is wrong. I need to continue to pray, continue to study the topic, and I need to keep pointing people to Christ in all topics I cover. If we are really in the body of Christ, together, then we will work together for the truth. Difficult discussions can be refinement.
  • Am I too emotionally attached to publish right now? -Good editing takes time. I’m not against when people write up something and publish it that day. But there is more of a chance for errors. Some topics should never be written up in one day and published, in my opinion. I think life can inspire topics, and sometimes we are too emotionally involved in the topic to write properly. Keep the post, but delay it. Just keep it in your drafts. Some posts you might find, after awhile, don’t make sense, or you no longer feel the same way.
  • Are others emotionally attached to the topic? – This does not mean the post shouldn’t be written, but wisdom should be taken. Consider why people struggle with the topic.
    • False teacher topics, for example, are often really hard for readers, especially if they trust the false teacher and do not see the person as wrong. Again, try to think of questions, concerns, or accusations people might have. Listen to how others have covered the topic before. Are you prepared to deal with consequences? Do you need more research? More prayer time? It may be a topic you are not ready for, and that is okay.
  • Stay away from slander, gossip, and “trending” topics – Make sure you have a good grasp on what slander is (speaking falsehood about someone) and gossip (sharing details that are not necessary, and possible slander).
    • Sometimes the truth is really ugly. Sometimes, people would rather hide the ugly truth completely. Often, discussing ugly truth is considered gossip, slander, and unrighteous judgment, but just because something is uncomfortable does not mean it shouldn’t be discussed. Being uncomfortable does not suddenly invalidate the truth.
      • That being said, we certainly can think we are not gossiping or slandering, when we are. We need to know the boundaries. We need to be able to explain why discussing a topic is important for those who find it troubling. If we cannot explain ourselves properly, then we do not need to discuss the topic. Again, we need to make sure it is a topic worth discussing, and that is not sinful to discuss.
    • In fact, not all topics should be attempted by everyone because it can be easy to add more opinion than needed. Regarding trending topics, I think the Ravi Zacharias’ scandal, for example, is one not everyone should discuss on their blogs. I think the topic is important. I, myself, even have a post written up on it, but I’m waiting before publishing.
      • In the social media world, people are encouraged to jump on trending subjects. As Christians, we are told to promote the truth for the glory of Christ, not self. So, it’s important we do not cover topics for the sole reason of getting more views. It’s hurtful for everyone involved. We need to do proper research on the topic and often, instead, we just jump on the band-wagon. We need to consider reasons for why we believe the topic should be covered. We might need to seek godly counsel on the topic from elders, or fellow sisters and brothers. And most importantly, we need to go to the word of God, know what He says, and pray about it. Writing about trending topics isn’t wrong, but the manner in which we go about discussing, and why we choose to discuss in the first place can be.

Being a Christian blogger is not easy. To point to the truth of the Bible requires accountability, and we need to pick up our cross. Our blog is part of it.

  • (ESV) 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
  • (ESV) Colossians 3:16-17, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.“
  • (ESV) Romans 11:36, “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”

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Scripture To Memorize/Meditate On – (ESV) Romans 5:08, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

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3 thoughts on “Count The Cost Of Truth | What To Consider For Each Post

  1. As you mentioned, there have been a few times when I delayed publishing a post that I thought made sense when I wrote it, but when I went back later, I wasn’t even sure what I had meant by certain sentences. If I didn’t know what I had meant, I’m sure the reader would have troubles knowing what I meant. So yes, it’s good to delay and revisit posts later to make sure that what we’ve written is explained clearly.

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