On occasion in my old blog, I’d write just for the joy of writing. It gave me pleasure and allowed me to keep my writing skills limber. I didn’t consider it a waste of time because I need to continually develop my craft in order to use it effectively in serving the Lord.
In fact, sloppy writing does detract from honoring the Lord and encouraging people to know, love and obey Him. It conveys a careless attitude, and therefore misrepresents Him as not quite worthy of our best efforts. Certainly, then, a Christian writer carries a responsibility to write well. So I could justify my occasional writing exercises as maintenance of my writing ministry.
Life has begun to change for American Christians, however. The legalization of same sex marriage has finally given secularists a legal way to persecute Christians in this country, and you’d better believe the secularists will take full advantage of this inroad. As a consequence, I believe bloggers who dare to stand for Biblical truth don’t have much time left before the government shuts down our blogs as “‘hate speech.”
Conservative politics can’t really turn back the tide, despite all their rhetoric of “reclaiming America for God.” If we are in the last days (as I believe we are), America and all other countries will fall, giving rise to the world-wide reign of the Antichrist. I have reason to believe Christ will rapture His Church before the Antichrist appears, but I also believe Christians will suffer intense persecution prior to the Rapture. Our political efforts won’t change that fact.
The coming persecution gives me a sense of urgency about blogging. I no longer want to report on excursions to Boston, showcase my digital art or recount old memories. I no longer want to use my blog to arrange words, flip phrases or construct sentences merely to grow as a writer. I approach blogging, and indeed life in general, wanting to proclaim the Gospel and strengthen women is Scripture while I still have freedom to do so.
15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. ~~Ephesians 5:15-16 (ESV)
I don’t want to waste time producing a vanity blog when I can use my words to direct my readers to Christ. As much as I enjoy having fun with my writing, I believe I need to get serious about using my blog (as well as Facebook and Twitter) for His kingdom. I know what time it is!