This Xanga Thing

You know, there’s an entire psychology behind this xanga thing.
I’ve thought about it a lot, and probably too much.

It’s made me hate it and yet believe in it just enough to accept it,
and to accept what people write.

It’s another form of communication.  That’s easy enough to see.
Whether it’s a form of communication that lies within the boundaries
of Christian orthodoxy or not could be disputed, which I know has
been done, or heck, maybe it’s the new age left-wing liberal free
flowing expression that we all like to think we have complete license
to do.

I don’t even know anymore.  You have christian philosophers on xanga,
you have moral theorists on another xanga group, you have doctrinal
hard-liners and then you have tree-hugging christian hippies.  I kinda
like that about xanga, but then again, I don’t.  I think there’s a whole
new christian denomination being born here!  Wow!  Even church
polity is expressed!  Freedom of expression!  Whoot! 

All this to say, I guess I just wonder what people’s motives are for using
xanga as a tool of communication.  And now that I think about it,
that question can’t really be answered as simply as I’d like.  I believe I
understand all the possible reasons for writing entries about christianity,
church polity, beliefs of faith and moral reasoning, whatever they might
be, it’s just that despite my understanding, I don’t necessarily agree with
all of motivations.  Which is fine.  Cause, you can’t do much about it
anyways.

I guess the question that I ask myself is how one should go about doing ministry
in this new medium.  Has anyone thought about that extensively?  It’s a
broad, new world of communication.  How do the ‘fundamentals,’ per se,
of christian doctrine translate and manifest themselves in this new realm of
online content?  I think of many things that christians suggest that are necessary
for the existence and continued perserverance of their faith, such as prayer,
fasting, devotionals, rebuking, restoring, evangelism, counseling, missions,
teaching, preaching, etc etc etc…  The list goes on an on.  So, where do those
things go into this new medium?  And, potentially and even greater question,
is how effective, really, are they?

We are in this world, but not of it.  And as times change, we christians must
learn to adapt to the changing cultural and technological changes that arise,
all-the-while never, and I repeat, never, compromising our faith and core
beliefs.  I believe 100% that this is possible and can be done.  The Word of
God testifies to this application.  I just wonder if we have seriously thought
about it’s application here, in xangaland.

I bring this up because I have read many entries which I would have seriously
considered writing comments to, all of which my comments would suggest
reading the Word of God to receive more clarity in the matter of the entry.
Usually, my motive, if one is to ask, is to first, either rebuke (and this doesn’t
mean necessarily to correct) and then restore, or simply to encourage.  But, I find
myself very hesitant to do so.  It’s hard when you read something that you just don’t
feel is biblically sound or written with righteous intent or with edification as it’s
goal.  It’s even harder when I read unbiblical references or statements that, for
lack of better words, infuriate me, because I hate to see God’s Word twisted
or used in such a manner as to condemn another to destroy anothers’ character,
or maybe just to exploit it in such a way as to gather ground with others so that
we, ourselves, might feel just a little better about ourselves.

It’s just maddening.  And a little bit dangerous.  Can you legitimately rebuke
and restore on xanga?  Is edification possible?  And heck, can we even have
what I call “Xangavangelism”?  Certainly, xanga is an entirely new, and rather
different, ministry field.

Now, everyone knows what’s been going on at our church.  This entry isn’t
directly related to anything that has happened recently.  In fact, I can, in many
regards, applaud those who would boldy state what they believe.  Sometimes
a good kick in the groin of truth is all that is needed for the people of God to
react, act, and pursue, which, by the way, has been done.  Despite the differences
people may have at our church it’s praiseworthy to see so many people coming
out to last-minute meetings.  What’s really great is that, for the most part, I felt
people did a pretty good job of presenting their case and feelings in such a way
as to not offend the others… to the point of retaliation.  Hey, violence is never
the best option. (Unless God does it Himself)

Above all, that transpired last night, the thing that I loved the very most was
the Word of God that was spoken.  To this I say “Finger lickin’ good.” (What’s that from?)

Here it is.  The Word of God:

John 8

    1But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

   But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

    9At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

    11“No one, sir,” she said.
      “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”—

Anyways, this xanga stuff, and posting about christian politics and whatever whatever whatever,
I think it can be done right.  I think it can be done correctly.  I think it can be done in a way that
edifies the body…. all the time.  How?  Well…
My brain just hurts from thinking too much.
But, at least we have cool words, like “Xangavangelism.”

Praise God.  He’s Good.  All the time.