Bloggers are funny characters. Some bloggers really crack me up. They have no problem jumping into the middle of a stream that does not concern them whatsoever, and giving their undiluted opinion of a person's character. Often these folks do not even offer a "how do you do, mr. host/hostess," nor a "thankyou for allowing me to comment on your blog". Nope. They just plunge right in and say unseemly things about some person's motives, intent, and integrity even though their blatherings have nothing at all to do with the subject matter. It's crazy.
Other bloggers write posts designed to bait other bloggers to bite on the topic and find nothing but minnows nibbling at the end of their lines. I almost jumped into a stream yesterday. People were going on and on and on about a person I felt was being maligned in a way that was so far from the truth it embarassed me for the writer posting their rhetoric. I thought long and hard about correcting the record. I even wrote a calmly, well-reasoned, logical response to each and every person who was saying demeaning things. Then...
...then I decided to read through some Proverbs for a energy-boost of wisdom. I read several verses until my eyes landed on this one:
"Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own." Proverbs 26:17
I've never grabbed a stray dog by the ears. But by golley I do know the sounds of a hound-dog that is grabbed that way. It's such a bone-chilling bellowing wail.
The offending words being written about this person in that blog-stream illustrated this verse very well. Writers obviously were ignorant of the subject matter and only based their opinions and thoughts upon previous encounters they'd had with the person--or things they'd read about the person. And even though I am privy to far more about motive, intent, and thoughts behind the discussion topic, I had no business rushing into a quarrel not my own.
I felt really good that the Lord checked my spirit, controlled my fingers, and helped me resist the temptation to meddle where meddling is not warranted.
I've all but stopped commenting on blogs. I find most blogs I frequented in the past (and no...you know I'm not talking about yours), have deteriorated into quarrelsome blatherings and fingerpointing rather than engaging the subject matter. Quarrelsome attitudes beget more quarrels. There's little room for reason or truth or desire to get at the truth in a matter when people write post after post inviting character assassinations.
I find some bloggers write just to rattle out words to get more readers. More comments. The more outrageous they can make their posts, the happier they seem. The more pats on the backs they get for unwarrantly slamming another individual for even daring to broach a controversial subject, the more they write about the individual...the more they bring up that person's name...the more they post about them to bring more readers to rush in and grab stray dogs by the ears. My eyes can no longer stand the screeching wails, my friends. I think I've decided how I will handle further streams with tangled lines baited with guile.
I shall not bite the bait, or rush in with a stray dog by the ears. I might even give up fishing altogether and train my dog to hunt. selahV