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…