Integrity is: Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.It is unfortunate that we see this less and less in the US and even in the church. The internet has changed the world we live in-for better or worse. It is great for research and quick communication. It is dangerous for pornography and mis-information. When I was living in Mobile, AL, there were people who started trouble by using the internet. They got phoney e-mail addresses and sent out e-mails about various leaders. This all happened before I got there. It was unfair to the leaders because the e-mails were not signed by the people who wrote them. There was no way the leadership could respond. There may have been truth to the e-mails, but those who sent the e-mails showed no integrity because they hid behind anonymous e-mails or fake e-mail addresses. Now in SBC life people are posting anonymous posts on various blogs. I can understand for security reasons why some missionaries need to remain anonymous. But recently on several sites some posts were made by anonymous people that made serious accusations about leaders in our denomination. I believe that is wrong. If a person has proof of impropriety by any leader it needs to be exposed to bring the person back into fellowship with God and the "church" or "denomination." What appears to me is that some anonymous people have an axe to grind. I ask, no I plead for the sake of Christian Love that we show some integrity and speak the truth in love. Trashing a person's character does nothing but hurt the "church" (universal). There is a difference in having a disagreement with an individual and trashing their character. Art Rogers has a great post on this here. So does Joe Kennedy here. Ben Cole had the integrity to sign his name to a letter he sent to his church about the IMB policies. Then he was blasted. I agree with what he said but more importantly, he signed his name. On Monday Morning Insight, they give Blog Maturity & Etiquette 101. 1. Each blog you visit is the internet "home" of someone. 2. Any attack on a blog is a public attack. 3. It takes time to type so people will judge you a little tougher. 4. A sign of maturity is the ability to delay gratification. 5. Look up the term Ad Hominem.I'll do the work for you: [link]The jest of an Ad hominem is that it's an attack on the person rather than the argument. 6. You can be both true and Wrong at the same time! I think we as SBC bloggers can learn a lesson here!
posted by Kevin Bussey at 3/15/2006 11:07:00 AM