Our church meeting this morning was quite enjoyable–A delicious breakfast, and then a Christ-exalting service in which we rejoiced that “He is risen!”  Since we normally meet in the evening, it seems strange to be home and just relaxing, not preparing for an evening gathering.  With the “free time,” I decided to go check out a few blogs and see what some friends and others I know are writing about, but then I made the mistake of going into the comments sections of a few of these blogs!  In particular, I’m talking about blogs where supposedly Christians are not only writing, but leaving comments.  I found myself saying a couple of times, “Wow, that was a very mean thing to say!” or “I can’t believe the author, who wrote such a good article, just responded to that person’s comment with such un-Christlike words.”  It’s one thing to speak hard truths, but it crosses the line when you attempt to punch the person in the face in cyber-space! 

But consider this: Even if we’ve never responded on a blog with arrogance or a mean spirit, we all have responded to somebody’s face with arrogance and/or a mean spirit. 

So, first of all, let us rejoice together today that because Christ is risen, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1), and let us consider Peter’s words, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness” (1 Peter 2:24). 

Second, I hope some of you will read and spread around the following article by Jim Elliff, titled, “Check Your Guns at the Door: Responding Like Christians to Blogs and Web Forums.”  This is a simple little article that will help us all consider how we, as Christians, should speak to one another on the internet.

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