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Thursday, April 29, 2010

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Warning: I am about to repeat words of a very frustrating Christian leader. Brace yourselves, it's going to be a bumpy post.

"Your CONFIDENCE in the GOSPEL isn't seen by boldness in preaching or blogging, but in personal witnessing.Don't kid yourself."
-Rick Warren, via Twitter

After this popped up on the sign in screen of my twitter account, I made a mental note to never be a Rick Warren, "Purpose Driven Life" follower.

So I have this really bad habit of acting like I'm completely fine when on the inside I am boiling over, livid with someone or a situation.  This happened tonight.  I sat and let someone berate my closest and dearest friends.  In order to help smooth over the deeply rooted bitterness these hurtful words were coming from, I took it.  I took it all.  I took it very personally.  Because what this person was saying about my friends, she was also saying about me.

One of my ex-boyfriends said fighting with me was like taking on a grizzly bear in a telephone booth.  Lovely.  I'm really not that bad.  Okay, you can stop laughing.  It wasn't that funny.  Seriously, it's rude to chortle that loudly.

Rick Warren's tweet awoke the grizzly from hibernation.  And I'm not afraid to unleash to my blog.  Because really, that's what he's here for.  Rick, you pissed me off.  I'm not going to pretend like I agree with your accusations to "keep the peace."  I'm tired of being the good one.  You've entered the telephone booth.  Prepare to get owned.

Preachers become preachers because of their personal witnessing.  They are up for scrutiny for the entirety of their calling, making it literally impossible to hide anywhere, let alone their pulpit.  Blogging is a form of witnessing.  While a blogger's computer hibernates, her soul, her love for the Lord does not.  Witnessing does not end when you click "publish post."  It begins.  Why don't you stop hiding behind your tweets?  Start provoking love and kindness.  Using your 140 characters to stimulate the Kingdom and make Christ famous.  Stop using a goofy social media website to talk down to earnest believers trying to use their resources to make God known where they are.

9 days.

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