A few months ago I commented on a blog about Christian kids songs. I mentioned speaking to an author about the lyrics of one of his better known songs. Since this conversation happened 7 years ago, my memory of it was very sketchy (I even mistook his name for someone else's when it was mentioned). But it didn't stop me blogging with abandon on his theology as represented by the placing of a single comma (I kid not!). How lame am I?
Anyway, to cut a long story short, the said author found my comments and a) can't remember ever speaking to me, b) meant the opposite of how I'd represented him on the blog.
Blogs are public! They will be read by people who know, or people who know the people who know.
"The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts." (James 3:5a) Boasting was at the heart of this: "I once spoke to a song-writer - and I knew better" Pathetic.
The verse goes on "Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark." (James 3:5b). The author in question was very good about it, but the potential for hurt is so huge.
So, all us smart-alec, proud, young male bloggers - let's think before we blog.