This past week, I’ve been enjoying the DVD of Julie and Julia (courtesy of Netflix). I loved the story of Julie Powell’s blog, and found myself identifying with many of her emotional responses to blogging. Of course, I found myself nurturing feelings of jealousy that her blog gained such notoriety, especially thinking that my last blog never exceeded 200 views in a single day…even after 9 years. This blog has gotten up to 63 hits on its best days, which tells me that most of my old readers have not followed me over here.
John pointed out that more people care about food than about Christianity. Well, yeah. He makes a good point. If I blogged, for example, about the joys and challenges of navigating Boston in power wheelchairs, I’d probably attract more readers. But that sort of blog no longer interests me.
Whether Jesus returns during my lifetime or 2000 years from now, I believe that Christians in the United States have very little time to publicly proclaim the Gospel. Furthermore, I believe way too many people who call themselves evangelicals have abandoned clear Biblical teaching in favor of “Christian” fads that feed their fleshly appetites rather than drawing them to the meat of God’s Word.
In addition, I turn 62 this week. Consequently, I feel what few abilities I have slipping away. To put it bluntly, I enjoy typing less and less as it requires more and more time and effort. So far, I still take pleasure in blogging, but I realize my body won’t let me type this much forever. I don’t want to waste what little time I have blogging about driving my wheelchair through Boston’s North End in search of cannolis when I can use that time to call people to the Lord.
Sure, I’d like higher numbers in my blog stats for selfish reasons (I’m not going to lie). But I also have more noble reasons. I want more people to know the Lord, and I want more professing Christians to make sure they follow the true Jesus. I earnestly believe Biblical Christianity is on the brink of having to go underground in my country, so I sense an urgency to get the Gospel out to as many people as possible. Julie Powell only offered a narrative of cooking through Julia Child’s recipes. I proclaim the eternal Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.