Dear fellow Revelifers,
I've been disappointed in a lot of comments on this website as of late. I know there are many in the midst who don't believe Christ is Lord or who don't live according to the ways of God's scripture and so I don't expect to see a jaw-dropping love overwhelming the forums but I do expect those of us who claim Christ to be salt and light, even on online forums. I think we, as a community that seeks to grow together for the sake of Christ, need to be reminded of some good guidelines for interacting in online forums. Revelife has it's own code of conduct
, and perhaps that ought to be posted again soon but I wanted to provide some guidelines I've embraced that I hope will be of use to you as well. They help me to see the log in my eye from time to time.
Blogging/Commenting Code of Conduct: I will express my disagreements with other community members' ideas without insulting, mocking, or slandering them personally. (Matthew 5:22, Romans 1:28-32)I will not exaggerate others' beliefs nor make unfounded prejudicial assumptions based on labels, categories, or stereotypes. I will not twist the words of others for my own benefit. I will always extend the benefit of the doubt. (Ephesians 4:29)I will participate in community accountability by rating posts [via e-props, minis, and recs]... based not on what ideas are expressed but on how they're expressed, and will flag [report] posts that violate the official rules of conduct. (Proverbs 12:18)
(adopted from sojourners.com)I will express myself with civility, courtesy, and respect for every member of this online community, especially toward those with whom I disagree—even if I feel disrespected by them. (Romans 12:17-21)
Can we commit to taking a few seconds before clicking the post link to examine our words, attitudes, motivations, and meditate upon the affect our words may have on others? Can we commit to treating one another the way we desire to be treated? Can we commit to putting others above ourselves? Can we commit ourselves to forgiving those who trespass against us online and to treat them well in return? I know I'm part of the problem and right now I commit to doing my best to live up to these goals of kindness
If we can't make these commitments then we're not going to be of much help to one another. I hope and I pray that we can make these commitments and remember what it means to always love one another online. Thanks for giving this post your time. Peace and grace be with you all!
Do you think things are getting out of control around here? Did you know we have a code of conduct?