Ah, yes!First off, my apologies again for those of you who felt left out of the password-protected post. I was experimenting with ways to collaborate with the writers here outside of email. Not being a Wordpress expert, I was also interested in how the password-protection functionality worked. (Yes, I’m a geek…)

Something that has been noticed, by other writers, by some commenters, by some friends and by myself, is that there seems to be, in a number of discussion threads, an escalation in accusation and tone beyond what should be in evidence between Christian brothers and sisters.

As such, we are trying to address this on our own part – both in comments and in articles – and we are hoping that those of you who comment (all being welcome to continue to do so) might work with us on this, as well. In this light, we’ve added to our page “How We Seek to be Different” as a step toward addressing this. Here is what we have added:

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In Tone and Character

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. – Proverbs 15:1

The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. – James 3:17

Due to the limitations of communication via the internet it is easy for misunderstanding to occur, for disagreements to escalate, for sarcasm and condescension to be employed, for argument on issues to become personal. We write things to others that we would never say in person.

Therefore while we defend those who are being attacked falsely, we will strive to take the high-road in dialogue at all time and to this end Posters and Commenters on this site are expected to:*

  1. refrain from using terms of condescension
  2. respond to arrogance and anger with a gentle answer
  3. not escalate the level of rhetoric or anger
  4. defend your argument, not yourself
  5. remember that in pursuing the purity of the wisdom that comes from above – do so in a peaceable manner.

*This list is not intended to be exhaustive but serve as examples of the tendencies and how we should strive to overcome them.

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I realize that this is a lofty goal that we cannot achieve on our own, but with God’s help we surely can, whether or not those who disagree with us do so, as well.

Blessings,

Chris

[UPDATE - this post was originally placed on this blog on Monday, January 14.  Due to the importance of the topic we have updated the time stamp to keep it at the top of the proverbial pile]

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13 Comments(+Add)

1   Joe C    http://www.joe4gzus.blogspot.com
January 14th, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Chris,

This is so great. I’m glad you all got together and decided to do this. I mean, it goes without saying that we should be acting this way in the first place, but this really is a timely reminder. I’m glad God blessed your hearts to accomplish this great goal in Christ. I pray I can be a part of it, and we all can treat each other as we should in Christ.

Joe

2   Sandman    
January 14th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Who knows, it may be contagious.

3   merry    
January 14th, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Awesome. Yes, this kind of attitude is what I like to see in a Christian blog!

4   Neil    
January 14th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

OK you Wordpress geeks…Is there a way to keep this near the top, or on the front page for a while? As we add posts it moves to the bottom. I think it should remain prominent for a few days two a week.

Neil

5   Christian    
January 14th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

I think it unfortunate that this won’t see too many more comments than this few.

6   Tim Reed, Owosso MI    http://churchvoices.com
January 14th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Neil,
You can just keep changing the timestamp to a newer time. There’s some plugins that’ll force it to the top but if its a temporary measure tehre’s no reason to do that.

7   E.G.    
January 14th, 2008 at 11:08 pm

Fantastic!

“They’ll know we’re Christians by our love.”

8   Neil    
January 15th, 2008 at 12:04 pm

I added the “UPDATE” at the end of the post to reflect that fact that we have changed the time stamp. I think it important that all know when the post was originally posted so they can keep it in a chronological context

9   dave    http://www.mindfulmission.com
January 15th, 2008 at 12:08 pm

You should update the grammar in the update also.

10   Neil    
January 15th, 2008 at 12:13 pm

“You should update the grammar in the update also.”

Done – thanks

Neil

11   deborah    http://smallcorner.typepad.com
January 15th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

While this post is kept at the top, is it possible to add a listing of “new posts” in the sidebar above the categories? It would speed up identifying new articles without having to scroll through this post. Thanks.

12   Neil    
January 15th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

Deborah,

I cannot answer the question – but, I can say: We bumped that post to the top when it was in danger of being bumped to the second page. Any new posts will be on top of it as usual. By the time it gets to the bottom again we may be ready to just let it do so.

Neil

13   Doug MacDonald    
January 15th, 2008 at 4:54 pm

This is a great reminder to us all.

Godbless