Jonathan Hagger (AKA Mad Priest) posted a piece about the BBC comedy ‘Rev’ on his blog today. I’ve watched ‘Rev’ and have a number of reservation about it, which I’ve found well-summarised on Phil Ritchie’s blog here. In a comment on Jonathan’s blog I said:
But I do think that a gospel ministry will have something more than merely human love to offer. If it doesn’t, then ministry becomes an intolerable burden for the minister. I suspect that’s one reason why I find Adam depressing. He seems to be miserable most of the time. I think people are pretty creative about finding their own forms of misery; they don’t need me to add to them.
To which Jonathan replied:
And yet you continue to give so freely around the Blogosphere whilst keeping to your super Christian persona on your own blog.
My initial gut response to this was to get defensive, but then I thought to myself, ‘Maybe he’s right. I know I comment on a number of blogs, sometimes expressing disagreement, and maybe my comments are in fact perceived as ‘spreading misery’. We think we know ourselves, but often we don’t; that’s why, as Robbie Burns said, we need help to ‘see ourselves as others see us’.
So, I’d like to ask a genuine question of those on whose blogs I comment: are my comments seen as mainly helpful, or mainly unhelpful? Welcome or unwelcome? Negative or positive? I’m trying to be as open as possible to what the Holy Spirit might be wanting to teach me here, so please feel free to respond with complete honesty to this question.