Thursday, February 18, 2010

Why I Blog

In case you were wondering…

When I was living in the dorm of my Bible college there were a handful of guys that loved to stay up late debating the nitty-gritty matters of the Bible. These people would spend hours yelling at each other over the necessities, like whether or not Adam had a bellybutton (of course not!). And they loved to be the one to come up with the most controversial new idea, then adopt that into their theology.

I am not one of those people.

It doesn’t matter if Adam had a bellybutton or not (he didn’t!); I don’t want to spend all my time trying to convince a Christian about some unimportant biblical trivia question. Instead, I want to try to convince the lost to give their lives to Christ.

Furthermore, I want to teach Christians about the things that do matter. As the pastor of students at our church I have an obligation to teach our students, but this teaching should not be confined to just Sunday and Wednesday. If I have the opportunity to teach about where Christians should stand on the gay rights issue, or the chance to encourage our students to be encouragers, then I will do so. That is why I blog.

I also have an obligation to the parents of these students to provide them with the best information possible to help them make decisions about raising their children. Parents, we are on the same team, working together, not against each other. So when I am asked repeatedly if the peace symbol is okay to wear or if a certain movie is okay to see, then I also have an obligation to make that information available as well. That is why I blog.

If something that I have written has rubbed you the wrong way, just know that it was never my intention to do so. If you are reading this, and you clearly are, no one twisted your arm to make you read it (as far as I know). This blog is not my soapbox to try to conform everyone to look like me; this is simply an extension of my ministry to teach.

I realize that some things have caused some to disagree with me, even to criticize me. But that will not prevent me from continuing to do what I do. The way I see it, at my judgment it will just be me and Jesus, and I will have to give an account of what I did with my ministry. Since none of you will be there, I will not have to answer to you. My main goal is to please Jesus, and to continue the work that He has called me to do.

That is why I blog.

by the way, Adam didn’t have an umbilical cord. You do the math.


bud said...

I didn't know you had your own bible college. That explains a lot.

Tommy Mann said...

Not only am I a graduate, I am also the president and dean. If you send me a check for $1000 made out to Cash, you can be a graduate too.

bud said...

$1000??!! Are you kidding. 50 bucks will get a degree from the University of Florida.

Tommy Mann said...

How much did we pay for all those Championships the last few years? Maybe we can do a bake sale or something and get Clemson one.