The Curious Case Of Angry Bloggers
I have not always written this blog or any of my previous blogs for the right reasons. I have used this to grind my personal axes. I have thought it was my responsibility and duty to let everyone know what I thought was wrong and screwed up in the Church and churches. I have even written a few blog posts in the past after someone or something made me angry.
And I am not unique.
I read a lot of other blogs. I check some out just to see what is going on out there in this massive world we call Christianity.
Guess what I find?
I find a lot of angry bloggers.
I can tell that some of them try to hide it. Some of them, at least, don’t try to pretend. They let their readers know every time someone out there writes or blogs something that they disagree with.
A few of them like to take on what I call celebrity preachers and writers. They read these guys books and blogs. They follow them on Twitter. They listen or watch their videos that are posted.
And then they react.
They write their reactions.
They write their rebuttals.
They take on these guys head to head.
I don’t know.
I can guess. But I don’t know their motivation. Perhaps they know this will drive readers to their own blogs. Maybe it’s because they have a book deal and they want to sell books. Maybe it’s because someone will consider them an authority on these subjects and they will get to appear on CNN or NPR.
I don’t know. I don’t know them and probably won’t know.
I wish more of these folks would take the attitude Ronald Reagan did when he ran for president against Jimmy Carter. During a debate, President Carter began stating a position completely opposite of Reagan. I think his hope was that Reagan would get mad and display his temper. What did Reagan do? He laughed and said, “There you go again.”
I wish that my brothers and sisters in Christ would take this attitude more often. If someone says or does something that they don’t like, just laugh and move on. Convince me and the rest of the world of your position instead of fighting someone else’s.
Maybe that’s it. Maybe they don’t have a position worth persuading anyone to. Maybe they just want everyone to be caught up in their outrage.
These folks don’t make me angry. I get a little sad when I read them. They are talented. They have tremendous ability. They just seem angry all of the time.
Do angry bloggers turn you on or off?