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09/22/2003 Entry: "Should I Consult Christian Leaders before I Berate Them?"

Martin Roth wonders, "Should I Consult Christian Leaders before I Berate Them?"

I donít feel uncomfortable about criticising their public pronouncements, here on my website (which attracts just a minuscule fraction of the numbers of readers who are exposed to these leadersí press releases in the mainstream media). †Nevertheless, Iím starting to think that as a matter of courtesy I should have consulted them. What does anyone else think?
My short answer would be: No. Not if their pronouncements had been made for public consumption. The value of blogging is its immediacy -- also its weakness, but that's another issue -- and that would be lost if private consultation had to occur before comment could be made. Of course, there's no excuse for a lack of charity in our blogging, whether towards leaders or anyone else. But I don't suppose anyone would be accusing our friend Martin of that.

I do try to make a point of telling other bloggers if I'm responding critically to something that they've written because to do anything else is (to me) like talking behind someone's back.

Replies:

Frank York has some interesting ideas related to public criticism and the application of Matthew 18 here: http://ezzo.info/York/matthew18.htm .

While Frank York is specificly writing about the controversy and moral concerns regarding Gary Ezzo, I believe his points can be applied broadly. Also, Frank provides further links for reading at the end of his article.

Posted by Alexandra @ 09/25/2003 09:30 PM CST

Thank you for the support. Actually, yesterday I sent emails to two Christian leaders whom I've criticised in the past, alerting them to my comments and inviting their response. It's my feeling now that I should have done that immediately I posted the comments, as my criticisms have been strong. Anyway, we'll see what transpires.

Martin

Posted by Martin Roth @ 09/22/2003 11:58 PM CST

LoL. Is the noise in my head bothering you? We do agree on this one, don't we?

Posted by Bene Diction @ 09/22/2003 11:20 PM CST

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