I was going to do a Sundays in My City post today, but I'm feeling compelled to write about my first negative blog comment.
I guess it wasn't really a negative blogging comment as much as a comment that cut a little too close to the truth.
I was reading another person's blog, and posted a bonehead comment about a former vice presidential candidate.
Somebody else read this comment and checked out my profile.
The individual then posted a comment, stating:
I'm wondering why as a Christian, you would say such a thing. I might not agree with a politician, their stand on the issues, their viewpoints, their philosophy, how they would run the country, their personality, persona and so on. But I would never try to "mock" them or encourage someone else to do the same. Differing with a politician and not liking them is one thing. To go out of your way to ridicule and mock them is another.
Unless I'm missing something here, then I must say that I'm disappointed in your statement.
I replied that the individual was right, and I wasn't very kind. It certainly wasn't my proudest moment.
I understand that if I'm going to write something, then I might as well print it up and wear it on a T-shirt. I own those words, and I need to be prepared to deal with any potential fallout or hurt feelings. Including my own. I'm not going to defend the words, except to say...I was trying to be funny?
But yet, I feel compelled to say this: I am very much a Christian. I know this because I know how very broken and selfish and petty I can be. I know that I say hurtful things because it makes me feel better about myself, and I know that I am competitive, prideful, and at times, very ugly. Christians know that they are broken, and they know that they need fixing.
And so, I dust myself off, accept God's forgiveness, forgive myself, and try to do better. And, I mean, really try. I hope that this individual reads more of my posts, to see that I sometimes say impulsive, boneheaded things, but that I also pray for my children, and think about my mark on the world. I seek justice. I love mercy. And I try, through prayer and meditation, to walk humbly with my God.
I am more than just a dumb comment dashed off while reading blogs.
It would be petty and easy to write something snarky to make myself feel better. Yet, I'm not going to do that. Why?
Because I'm really trying to do better.