In my fellowship we had a discussion last night about the appropriate purpose and use of social networking sites such as Xanga, MySpace, and Facebook. Of course the conversation was interesting; it was revealing as people share their true motives behind their posts, and it was telling as people share their assumptions and judgment upon what they saw.
But it got me to wondering, what place does public disclosure of sin play? One of the points was that some youth seem not to share the dirt of their lives in a repentant way, but rather glory in their shame. I wondered if anyone could keep a God-centered blog if it was personal. Then I remember reading Augustine’s Confessions, and thought that it might be the perfect medium for his work. Though I doubt people would read it, it would be a blessing to see a recreation of Confessions in modern English one post at a time to show how personal blogs could function!
Incidentally, I was further solidified in my conviction not to tie this blog to my personal identity in hopes of deferring attention and preventing the impulse of pride over either readership or accomplishment. Consider this a request for open correction if any of my posts appear as self-serving. I know I’ll need it.