I’m forty years old and I’ve experienced a lot of life in those forty years. And yet just when I think I’ve seen or heard it all, I discover (again) that I haven’t. I found something online a few days ago via some links that really took me aback. I had to walk away from the computer and start to process it because I was just so stunned by what I read.
I’m not going to link to what I read because my point in writing this post is not to develop an issue with any particular bloggers. If you know who I am talking about, please keep it to yourself. However, if you know who I am talking about and you think I have mischaracterized their viewpoint, please do indicate that. I am going to try to be as accurate as possible in describing their view for the sake of discussion here. I am intensely curious to know what people think of this.
A few bloggers have decided that they will censor readers’ comments if they feel the comments are not biblically accurate. They believe they will not only be held accountable to God for what they write on their blogs, but what others write as well. So if someone writes something in a comment that they feel is not biblical truth, they not only have the right but the responsibility to censor the comments. They will not edit them and make them say something different (which they say would be dishonest), but they will make it clear they have edited the comments in order to censor anything they feel is biblically inaccurate.
I’ve moved past my stunned disbelief and now would love to discuss this with whoever is interested.
I guess the thought I keep coming back to is that I would expect the world to silence Christians, but Christians silencing other Christians that they don’t agree with is very troubling to me. Am I missing something that would make this not only okay as Americans but required by the Word of God? If the apostle Paul had a blog, would he censor people’s comments to defend God’s truth or would he respond to them via reason and discussion? How would you feel if you left a comment here and I censored it because I felt it was not biblically accurate? (Trust me, I have no intention of starting!)
As I said, I’m intensely curious to hear what people think!