This morning I received an email from a blogging group that I belong to, urging me to compose a blog post listing 10 “fun and quirky” facts about myself. Readers who know me personally are probably thinking (in reference to the “quirky” part), “Only ten?” Anyway, the point of the email was that writing such a post would boost my readership because people tend to like that sort of post.
I felt tempted. What blogger, after all, doesn’t want a wider audience? Wouldn’t I love a following comparable to those that Erin Benziger, Elizabeth Prata and Michelle Lesley enjoy? Um…yeah! So I looked at the link to instructions on writing a “fun and quirky” blog post about myself, nudging my mouse dangerously close to it. What harm would there be in reading their suggestions and perhaps writing a light-hearted article?
Probably none, really.
Except I had a light-hearted blog for nine years, and I abandoned it because times have been getting serious since Obergefell, and some Christians are already starting to face minor persecution. Many other professing Christians have adjusted their theology to embrace homosexuality and appeal to non-Christians (thereby filling their membership rolls and offering plates). People have fewer and fewer opportunities to get the grounding in God’s Word that could help them stand against the temptation to compromise with a world that hates the true Jesus and His Word.
We see this willingness to compromise very clearly in this latest controversy with Andy Stanley’s pronouncement that pastors should “take the spotlight off the Bible.” God’s Word can make us so uncomfortable by confronting sin and calling us to reject worldly desires and devices. Stanley, to be honest, merely gives voice to the very human distaste for Scripture and the equally human determination to have Jesus conform Himself to our expectations.
Yet a fluffy Christianity devoid of Biblical doctrine renders us powerless to withstand persecution. And my dear sisters in Christ, persecution is here, ready to separate genuine Christians from false converts. Jesus warned that building on foundations other than His Word would lead to disaster.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” ~~Matthew 7:21-27 (ESV)
My heart’s desire in writing The Outspoken TULIP is to draw women back to Scripture in preparation for the persecution that the Obergefell decision has triggered. God’s Word gives us the bedrock for standing true to the Lord when everything in our culture (and indeed in our own flesh) cries out for us to reject God’s ways in favor of worldly ideologies. Therefore, I need to focus on blogging about it until my country’s government takes away my freedom to do so.
Writing about my various quirks would definitely entertain me, and perhaps it might attract renders. It would also cheapen this ministry by distracting people from the serious and important purpose of this blog. And wouldn’t that be a waste?