I am taking a break from blogging for a week or two but felt led today to stress the importance of maintaining a focused level of credibility. If we use the various multimedia platforms, be aware that what we advocate and what we publicize speaks about us. It paints a picture of who we are and how we use logic and make decisions. If we publish a video by a particular Christian teacher, that usually infers that we agree with what they say. Be aware of that. Don’t be so quick to throw something out there for others to view or learn from if you yourself have not taken the time to validate what they are saying. Exercise a little common sense and restraint when it is necessary.
I have advocated that we all be careful which wagon train we hitch our personal wagon to. When studying the teachings of someone, it is important to check their doctrinal beliefs and be aware of any deviations that they advocate which differ from the commonly held Christian Evangelical doctrinal consensus. If some of the doctrines that the teacher you are putting yourself under, are at odds with the vast majority of historical and current teachers of doctrine, that difference usually indicates that there is good reasoning behind it. Investigate those differences and understand why this teachers doctrinal beliefs are not accepted. Take the time to investigate the background and history of the teacher, his or her failures and successes. Do your homework and research which wagon train you are attaching your wagon to. Be aware, don’t assume.
When you run into a teacher who advocates they have found a truth that most others have missed, be very cautious, because it is very likely that most others have not missed it, but in fact, they have come to a much different conclusion than this teacher. Understand why they have rejected this teacher’s doctrine. Verify every deviation, take nothing for granted. And most importantly, be aware of what dangers you are subjecting yourself and others to, if you advocate this teacher to others.
And if your audience on a particular multimedia platform is mixed, in other words, there are Christians and non-Christians, be aware of those non-Christians. There are different topics that one might feel more open to discuss with Christians than non-Christians, the two different audiences are not necessarily one and the same. Use a little discretion when it is necessary. If you are impulsive and publish things without thinking them through, it will show and your level of credibility becomes less than it should be.
And finally, if we advocate that we believe and trust in God and then turn around by our posts, and show our support and belief in conspiracies and all the alleged disinformation and misinformation, that they entail, how does that demonstrate to others that we are any different than they are? Because if we believe and trust in God and all that He has told us, we indeed really should be different.
And realize that once your level of credibility has been diminished or tainted, it takes a long time to change that level of credibility from less to more.
Something to think about.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!