Doin’ Time (Humor/Wake Up Call)

23 May

Man: So, why are you here?

Lady: I sang a real hymn in church, not one of those remade in the Emergent style du jour. You?

Man: I’m an independent blogger who dared post an opinion without the approval of the evangelical media police…


Why does the Truthinator think this post is appropriate? First, I used the line about the lady being in trouble for singing a hymn that had not been reworked into the trendy Emergent style as a quick jab at the continuing slide toward irrelevancy of the Emergent philosophy, how this philosophy is overtaking evangelicalism, and to set up the rest of this humor/satire piece.

Second, The meat of this piece is the independent blogger getting imprisoned for daring to have an opinion without getting it approved by the large box preachers and author/speakers of evangelicalism. I have heard sermons, interviews, and read articles from several large box preachers, authors, and public speakers representing evangelicalism who come down really hard against independent bloggers.

Before I go further, let me say that all bloggers need to do their research before writing, humorizing, or satirizing. This should go without saying but I will say it anyway. We should not take a “shoot, ready, aim” approach to discernment blogging.

Having said that, the large box guys have no authority to suggest that “only certain approved people should be blogging” and that the rest of us should be relegated to reading their “approved” content. This is beyond ridiculous and I have heard it suggested by several of the big name guys. This sounds more like Roman Catholicism of yesteryear than reformation Protestantism.

I fear the big name guys do not want to be opposed as they continue to slowly slide into accommodation of the left-wing of evangelicalism in the name of tolerance, inclusivism, and ecumenicalism. Why should they care if thousands of responsible people do their homework and blog about current events inside Biblical Christianity?

We need a gut check, folks. There are some people with huge followings who are behaving in a most curious manner. Continue to study and inform, bloggers. The truth should be proclaimed regardless of whether is steps on the toes of the evangelical elite…


Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


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10 responses to “Doin’ Time (Humor/Wake Up Call)

  1. Simon Thomas

    May 24, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Amen to that,…yes, I am afraid some have become too accommodating of the Emergent contemplatives. Maybe a sign of the times?

  2. Jesus Wins

    May 24, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I love this! Like Simon said, Amen to that! When the truth is being told, what else do you expect?
    To Truthy and other truth loving bloggers out there, keep up the good work.

    • Truthinator

      May 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you for the encouragement and for coming by this site regularly.

  3. paula coyle (@t3rri3rg4l)

    May 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Excellent, thank you! I’m tired of having bloggers associated with big ministries going around telling everyone “don’t bother, just leave it to the pros… you aren’t allowed to write the way we do.”

  4. marusha

    May 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement and humor.

    • Truthinator

      May 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you for visiting! Please come by again.

  5. Dave Moser

    June 15, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Could you point me in the direction of some of these statements? I’m not familiar with this controversy and would like to hear it from “the horse’s mouth.” Thanks!

    • Truthinator

      June 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Hi, Dave and thanks for visiting. I included the reasons for creating this humor/satire piece in the opinion section toward the bottom of the post. I do not have time to go into greater detail at this time but if you have specific questions, I will try to answer them soon. Thanks.

      • Dave Moser

        June 15, 2012 at 10:36 pm

        I’m just wondering who actually said those things. Hearing “only certain approved people should be blogging” makes me want to read their writing and see why they come to such conclusions.

  6. Truthinator

    June 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Dave, thanks for visiting and for asking your question. Over the last 4 years, I have heard, read, and observed tweets from several large box preachers and Christian authors, speakers, and radio personalities saying something very troubling. The common theme was that blogging was dangerous and only the institutional bloggers should have blogs. Now, I admit that all bloggers should have the responsibility to do their research and have compassion in their writing but to say only certain people can blog is absurd. To answer your question about who said these things, I will not give you the names since this would require me to document who said what in order to be fair. What i will do is give the category of profession of these people. I hope this helps. These people have commented on the nature of blogging in a way as to suggest they might not feel that independent blogging is a good thing. Some have taken a hard stand and others a moderate left-leaning stance.

    Large box ministry executives, Large box pastor & preachers, Christian Authors & public speakers, Christian bloggers, Christian College officials & professors, Christian radio personalities.

    Thanks again.



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