This blog post is the second in a three-part series about an August 29, 2016 post by Pastor Mark Dever entitled “12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Posting Something Online” at the 9Marks website. Link: https://www.9marks.org/article/12-questions-to-ask-yourself-before-posting-something-online/ . Each question is great. Each one of Questions 6-8 uses 1 Corinthians 12:21-26 as Scriptural support. This passage reads (ESV):
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
To better factor in what this text says into my comments on the questions, I used a Graphōble (see my post of November 12, 2019) to better examine the passage. I discovered the following:
(1) The body of Christ comprises many different people who have many different abilities, talents, etc. Some of the capabilities, talents, etc. are more visible than others, but all of the talents, abilities, etc. are important to the proper functioning of the entire church body.
(2) No one person can say to another that they do not need that person.
(3) No one person in a body of Christ-followers is autonomous.
(4) Every person is indispensable if the church body is to function as intended by God.
(5) If people inherently give lesser honor to one person, God makes up the difference. Christ-followers must treat all Christ-followers with the same care and concern.
(6) There must be “no division” in the body of Christ. There must be unity.
(7) There must care and concern by each person in the body for each other person in the body. That is why when one person suffers, they all suffer “together.” And when one person rejoices, they all rejoice “together.
The sixth question is: “Will it embarrass or offend?”In the context of the question, how does this passage impact what I post on my blog? Even though I may disagree with someone, there is no way I want to dishonor someone intentionally. Of course, I cannot control how someone reacts to a post. If the post presents the potential to hurt, I plan to consider Pastor Dever’s consideration seriously, “ we must be sure the offense is worth it.”
The seventh question is: “Will it convey care?” In the context of the question, how does this passage impact what I post on my blog? Quite simply, in whatever I write, I want to convey a sense of care. In all likelihood, few, if any, of my posts will be personal. In the context of personal communication, Pastor Dever’s advice is very appropriate, “Privacy in communication conveys care, an honoring of the person receiving the information. … If someone would rather be addressed in person, why not do that?”
The eighth question is: “Will it make people better appreciate someone else?” In the context of the question, how does this passage impact what I post on my blog? I try to compliment every article I discuss. I plan to consider only those articles that I believe are beneficial to enhancing a Bible student’s study of the Bible. I want to conform to Pastor Dever’ statement:
Highlighting something that will build others’ esteem for someone else glorifies God and encourages others to see His work in them.
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