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Oct 16, 2012

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Dennis Sanders

So, I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets concerned about how some pastors act online when it comes to politics. I've learned to tone things down in social media and try to be judicious are careful. That said, I am amazed at how some folks act that is just horrible. They don't treat the other side with any sense of respect or love.

Michael W. Kruse

I thought Bruce's observation that because a pastor often has to be guarded in leading a diverse community, the temptation can be to see social media as an utterly separate sphere for saying what otherwise would not be said.

As I reflected on this, I realize that I use social media to interact with a more diverse community so I can learn to communicate better and so I can learn from that larger community. I almost see my blogging as spiritual discipline. I routinely have to ask myself "Why would I say this at my blog but not in person or vice versa?" Sometimes there are legitimate differences but I've been pressed to think more critically about integrating my online behavior and in person behavior. In fact, next to the content I've learned and relationships I've made through blogging, I think this dynamic has been one of the biggest benefits of blogging.

Dennis Sanders

I love to interact and even hear people with differing views. What bothers me is how obnoxious those folks with different views can be with views that don't mirror their own.

For example: here in MN we have a Voter ID vote on the November ballot. I think there are reasons for and against that make good sense, but the issue gets bogged down in the wrong that is on the other side (those in favor of voter ID are racists, those against are cheats) and it prevents reasoned and calm debate.

The danger of social media is that it can be used as an outlet to blow off steam and say what you really think, all the while not realizing that such attitudes online can do a number on your Christian witness.

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