I find it interesting when my comments are deleted from blogs. Whilst blog owners are entitled to delete comments (it is their blog and they can do whatever they like), it is interesting what is deleted (and I am not referring to trolls commenting). Often it is well written comments that happen to have different point of view.
I don’t expect visitors to my blog to share all my views and I am quite happy to hear their opinions on topics (it makes for an interesting conversation) and it is lovely to see the diversity of comments — even if I don’t always agree with them. As Christians we are often see as narrow minded and intolerant, sadly I think Christians can be very intolerant of other Christians who do things differently. And women in particular can be quite bad when it comes parenting etc. I find this very sad and for some women it must be both upsetting and turning them off participating in Blogland (and from commenting). Perhaps this is most evident when I write about working outside the home and not being a full-time SAHM. In fact I have stopped commenting on some blogs as I know what will happen. I am tired of being judged by people who do not know me and I get upset by comments that make a very generic statements about working women by women who haven’t worked for many years and perhaps very removed from the reality of working outside the home.
My aim with blogging is to encourage women to find and love the Lord Jesus Christ. To have joy and peace in their lives and to find friendship with other Christian women. However, I don’t want all my readers to be clones of each other, I love the diversity. You may love the Duggars, be fans of the Pearls, oppose women who work, or like me, need to work. You may home school or send your children to school — let’s build a community of Christian women who are willing and adult enough to talk and not delete when someone says something that disagrees with your views. When you delete, it feels like you are slamming the door in my face, that’s sad. The question perhaps should be, are you 100% certain that you are right? I will stand before Christ, like you, we will need to justify our actions in this life. I do the best I can and I am sure you do. Slamming a door in another person’s face is both hurtful and intolerant.
Lets love our neighbours as God has commanded us to do and reach out rather than being afraid of those that might have a different view.