I don't know if other bloggers go through this, but I think there comes a time in every blogger's life that they want to use their blog to completely tear some one apart.
Let's face it, that's what gets the most attention. Go to any political blog and it's all "Look what this dumb person wrote. Look what this idiot did." It's easy to get caught up in that stuff, and recently I got the smack talking itch. At first I wanted to write about a very popular 20-Something Blogger (whose name I want say, but I will say that she "hates so much"), but then I decided not to do it. As Ephesians 4:29 says, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what his helpful for building others up, according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." So the smack talking urge died down.
That is, until this week while I was reading You-Know-Who's blog. Oh boy, here's my chance!
The first one I wrote about Miss Blogging Lady, the one about George Tiller, wasn't too bad. It was critical, but didn't stoop too low. Then came today's post. Now here's where I get to name-calling. First I referred to her "just another neocon who worships at the altar of Rush Limbaugh." But after Miss Blogging Lady explained on her Twitter that she's not a neocon (neoconservatives support the welfare system), I did an Andrew Sullivan number and claimed she was a Christianist. Felt pretty good, too.
And then it hit me. Have I gone too far?
James 3:10 tells us, "Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be." How true that is! In fact, sometimes praise and a curse comes out in the same sentence. "You know that Miss So-And-So, bless her heart, she's as dumb as a brick." Come on, don't act like you've never done that before!
But seriously, sometimes I go too far with my words and don't even realize it. It's only when all my friends say, "Dude, not cool!" that I realize I went too far.
So let me ask you all this (especially my Christian blogger peers)--how do you keep a close watch over your tongue? How do you remind yourself to use your words for building people up instead of tearing them down? I'm all ears, folks, 'cause I need all the help I can get!
*UPDATE 01/06/10: Okay, so "neocon" and "Christianist" aren't worst things you can say about someone. I know that. My point was that I was starting to drift into that mud-slinging low-level.
*UPDATE #2: I just took the "La Shawn Gets Schooled" post down.
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