Thinking Out Loud

June 15, 2015

An Open Letter to Steve Finnell

Filed under: blogging, Christianity — Tags: , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 7:13 am

Dear Steve,

I can only speak for myself here, but a number of us who have blogs have encountered you in our comments section, and despite the fact I don’t post your copy-and-paste remarks, they keep coming. I’ve tried to contact you directly on this, but with new comments occasionally continuing to arrive, I thought we’d try this format.

Steve FinnellI love your passion. Just a tree or plant explodes many seeds, you scatter a great many messages that land in a great many places. That takes time, and dedication and a deep conviction that you’ve got the hottest news on the rack.

But blogging was never intended to be what you expect of it. Rather, it started out as social media which means the comments created community. I can’t tell you how many people I now exchange offline communications with that began with our interactions in the response section of various blogs.

You can’t build rapport, or have a dialog with people when you simply copy/paste mass commentaries. You seem to to be content to be a troll, and as you’re trolling and looking for certain keywords, you then interject your comment/sermon without any direct reference to the article or piece in question.

Calling you a troll hurts, because theologically, we’re probably on the same team on the essentials. But, you’re going about it all wrong.

And Steve, you’ve been on the internet long enough to know that using CAPITAL LETTERS just turns people off. You’re yelling at them, Steve; and that’s not how to make friends.

You see, it’s not enough to have the truth. Ephesians 4:15 says (and I know you like Bible verses) “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” It equates maturity in the Christian life not to just speaking truth, but doing so in a loving manner. Part of that I believe comes in earning the right to be heard.

Steve, wouldn’t be a shame if instead of drawing people to the Kingdom of God, you were driving them away?

Your internet/blogging friend,
Paul.

5 Comments »

  1. I had a problem of a similar nature during the A to Z Challenge https://suestrifles.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/reflections-on-a-to-z-in-april-2015/ Sue

    Comment by suesconsideredtrifles — June 15, 2015 @ 9:55 am

  2. I had him comment on my blog for the first time today, it went into my spam filter as I spam anything with more than one hyperlink, I approved the comment after moderation and await to see if I get more.

    Comment by Taking the Epistle — December 23, 2015 @ 4:41 pm

  3. I have it to always moderate!!! I learned that one the hard way!

    Comment by Taking the Epistle — December 23, 2015 @ 6:10 pm

  4. I’ll try to refrain from cursing- just came across him again today in one of the blogs I follow. There’s no point trying to reason with him. He’s a self righteous, holier than thou, sanctimonious bloody hypocrite. Guys like that are what are killing organized religion.

    Comment by williamkendall1 — February 29, 2016 @ 12:25 pm


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