On the Idolatry of Blogging

This blog is a great example of irony, so bear with me. It’s been some time since I blogged last.  I’m not sure exactly why, well, that’s not entirely true.  I know exactly why but it feels better to refrain from self-deprecation for at least one more sentence. 

The truth is I stopped blogging because I could feel myself becoming idolatrous about it.  Mind you, this is not because there are fifteen thousand (or even 15) of people waiting on and worshiping every word I write (Sadly, takes far fewer for my dark heart).  No, it has little to do with anyone else but me.   The more I wrote blogs, the more I began to feel myself overwhelmed with concern about what others thought.  I’d check the blog, Facebook, or twitter wasting hour upon hour counting views, waiting for comments, and reveling in my own personal cleverness.  Perhaps I am the only “blogger” that suffers from pride in this way.  I doubt it.  From what I read, it seems like more than a few pastors have the same problem with Twitter–you know, the great competition to see who can state deepest truths in 14o characters or less.

But what had begun as something cathartic, degenerated into something rather burdensome.  I felt pressure to write something everyday, to proclaim something original, to stand out among all the noise of our technologically saturated culture or be dismissed as insignificant.  By who, I’m not exactly sure, perhaps it is that person at our church or, more likely, that person shopping for one.   My perverted perspective caused me to see everything wrong.   At its worse, I began to view a “successful” blog NOT as one in which I was led by the Spirit to share, but one that had been “shared” by someone on Facebook, twitter, or the like.

So, somewhat disgusted with myself, I stopped completely because I could sense blogging, tweeting, and perhaps other forms of “proclamation” becoming less motivated by what God was doing in my heart, and more about what I wanted him to see him do in the hearts others.  I am not decrying the evils of blogging, rather, I am declaring my firm belief in the doctrine of sin.  That is the way sin works, taking the good things that God gives us, and making us cherish them in bad ways.

So, not that anyone has noticed my relative silence OR  been waiting for my next greatest original thought (not that I’ve ever had one), I am starting to blog again.  Partially it is because I love to write, and partially it is because with the planting of Communion Church, I have a lot to share.  Not only do I pray that I will write in a way always bring God glory (especially from a heart level), but that God will continue to sanctify me whether I succeed or fail to do so.

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Author: Sam Ford

Sam Ford is a preacher, planter, and pastor from the Pacific Northwest. He is currently pastoring Restoration Road Church in Snohomish, WA.

9 thoughts on “On the Idolatry of Blogging”

  1. Think of blogging as another way of communicating your heart and your struggles with others. You seem to say what we are all feeling or thinking but never have the courage to say out loud.

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  2. It’s just like when I used to lead worship. I would struggle with self and hearing myself sing and what sounded good and whether or not others would think I sounded good and all the while knowing that worship was to glorify God and not myself, yet I experienced an inability to not think of self during a time when self should die and Christ should be lifted high. There was always someone to say “wow you sing so great” “oh your voice is so filled with the Spirit” blah blah blah. Then, when no one did compliment me or the worship that came from me (me is the problem) I would experience insecurity. It is like a dog chasing its tail. You can never fully part from your-self. You are always there. Paul so aptly wrote (I think it was Paul) that ‘I continue to sin and do what I do not want to do’ or something to that effect. Stepping away from ministry (not to be credited to me because God basically gave me a spiritual noogie) has allowed me to grow and change and hear the truth. There is something to be said for periodic abstinence from things that give self a launch pad for idolatry (of course making sure the abstinence doesn’t become idolatry sheesh). Your blogs were a balm for a short time while I was in another period of growing and changing (and continue to because God is not yet done with me). So please don’t stop them. I’m not kissing your sense of ego by saying that. I need so much right now to sense God’s spirit again and receive a spiritual club to my renegade self every now and then.

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  3. Sam,
    Thanks for the straight talk. I recognize my own pride and sin in your post. Into the light and onward for His glory.
    Marc

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  4. tBruh…here are seasons for all things… Seek His Face and His Peace… repent ..refresh..restore..REVIVIAL

    Rom 15:5 Now may the God Who gives the power of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement, grant you to live in such mutual harmony {and} such full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,
    Rom 15:6 That together you may [unanimously] with united hearts {and} one voice, praise and glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

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  5. its wierd I would wake up with something on my heart, or something running through my head. I thought It might be God teaching me. I would share it on facebook. It seemed that while going through trouble things came to me and I shared them. soon people would tell me how much they liked what I wrote. and how they looked forward to reading it. the first thing I noticed is I felt obligated to write something profound and spiritual. I actually started to think wow I’m so wise. Im so spiritual mature , to understand all these things of God. soon thereafter I had no more thoughts or words from God, I felt like I was letting others down, they needed me lol.. but now I realize the truth. I’m just an idiot. God chose to enlighten me and I tried to take credit for the wisdom. that facts are I’m just an idiot that God whenever He want uses. lol

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  6. The above comment by anonymous was written by my husband Sid. His writings have blessed me and cursed me. However, I know he is compelled to write at times. I feel the same way about your blogs Sam. I have been blessed and then cursed. Cursed not in a bad way, but more pierced, if you know what I mean. I appreciate the honesty about your pride, and I will not try to band aid it with praises to you. It is what is is, and I too suffer from sin as well. Bummer! But we press onward dont we, striving toward what is ahead. I must say this though, honest assessment can be so refreshing.

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  7. Sam, the only reason I read your blog is because I’m in your flock and I pray for you on Thursdays. Does that help?

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  8. I appreciate how you surrender yourself to the truth and make it public. It makes me trust you more- when I see you surrendered. It is evidence of His spirit’s work.

    I am AMAZED at how sin and temptation is really a shapeshifter- a cancer cell morphing to it’s host so it is undetected and disguised. I don’t know if it’s my creative sinful nature- or the Enemy— it will always be one or both.

    “sin, taking opportunity through the commandment , deceived me, and through it killed me…. Who will set me free from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 7:11,24

    Thanks for the post. Help us all find humility in Christ, and crucifixion of our sin.

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  9. Keep blogging Sam. Some people should/ need to write and some people need to spend their time coming up with pithy comments on blog sites (confessions all around).

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