I read a well-balanced article the other day from Dr. Cary Schmidt, a staff member at Lancaster Baptist Church, where our son is attending college, entitled Blogs and Twitters - Is There a Point? He addressed some of the concerns I've heard myself over the years, such as how dark the internet can be, and as a result, that Christians should have nothing to do with it. Dr. Schmidt addressed that very opinion clearly . . .
Well, the internet and the world of social networking is killing our kids! They are becoming addicted to it and using it in all the wrong ways. They are getting sucked into all sorts of wickedness and perversion through things like “myspace.” They are wasting their lives with mindless web time and pointless chatter. While I could bury my head, make rules against it all, and pretend it isn’t happening—it is. And it isn’t going anywhere. We need spiritual leaders who will learn technology and then teach future leaders how to use it and how not to use it. Our young people need to see moderation, appropriateness, and strategic caution when it comes to these things. (emphasis mine)In the course of his article, Bro. Schmidt gives ten positive reasons to be a part of blogging and social networking, and follows up with four negative aspects of the internet. He comes to the same conclusion that I do:
These technologies should be peripheral to our lives, not central. God still loves people and desires our lives to be invested into real, healthy, and growing relationships. May God enable us to be in balance—to use technology for His glory and the edification of people He loves.The internet has become a real part of our lives. We can't dismiss it or pretend it doesn't exist, and I believe we do need leaders - pastors, teachers, and for us ladies, pastors' wives and mothers and sisters - who know how to use the technology available in a meaningful, positive, and safe way to help build up those around us. I certainly don't think everybody has to delve into blogging or spend the time to learn their way around the internet, but for those of us so inclined, we can be a help to the generation of people coming behind us. We can say, "Follow me as I follow Christ."
So what do you have to say? Do you face criticism for blogging? Do you struggle with how much time to spend online (I do!)? If you have the time, please read Dr. Schmidt's article and let me know if you have some thoughts about how we as Christian women can use the internet wisely, as an example for our daughters to follow.