Something by no means unique to a particular blog’s subject matter – is the question of what to put in and what to leave out in a post?
I imagine – Too long a post and we lose readers.(?)
Especially in this instant coffee day and age in which we live.
Attention spans have changed.
When it comes to posts with Christian subject matter in pursuit of readers – here’s how it looks to me:
Many are posting. Many send out the Word of God, hoping and trusting that God will use it in ways we know not of. Based on the scripture that tells us:
For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Now of course, for it not to return void (in the sharing of Christian teaching sense) – it must be accepted in the first place by the readers to whom it is sent. Or at least listened to.
For most of my fifty years as a Christian I have sent forth God’s Word – not as prolifically as I would have liked.
But needing something to describe what I do – I became seedsinmotion. (Preaching, teaching, evangelising, writing)
Most Christians agree that the times we are entering into are times of hardship and a ‘falling away’ is taking place, rather like in the days of Noah.
II Timothy 3/
3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
We are also told that there will come a time when:
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;…
So some will not even get past the title of a Christian post, before they decide it’s not for them.
The preacher gets his listeners on a Sunday morning. Usually an expected ‘ready made’ audience.
But sending out blog posts is potentially hit and miss for bloggers.
Usually having many genuine readers and not just followers, in my opinion, depends on the interest factor or lack of it.
It is not based (again – in my opinion) solely on writing ability.
It is true for myself also – if I am not interested in a particular post – I trash some of my email notifications without even reading the posts in situ.
So I shouldn’t be surprised if others do the same with me.
However there are those I return to again and again for the opposite reason i.e. I’m interested enough to do so.
Also – perhaps to the chagrin of the ‘poster’ – I sometimes read their post in my emails and don’t sign in to click the like button (naughty I know).
There is no doubt Christian or non-Christian when you read a Christian post – you are ‘exposing’ your mind to content that can be used by God to do something inside you. That is the most important thing when it comes to Christian posts.
Not just primarily that you have been educated or informed intellectually but rather: is God saying something personal to you, that you can take into your being, and because of which you allow Him to bring change?
That’s the question you must ask. There is no way of knowing how many ask this question.
And that is something we (i.e. more specifically I) must leave to Our Heavenly Father.
It’s no surprise to me that often my poetry gets more ‘likes’ than posts with Christian subject-matter (though not always). The following scripture explains why non-Christians do not respond to Christian teaching.
However if they respond to the powerful Word of God – they might stop long enough, to examine the claims of Jesus the Christ, and pursue these claims to find salvation and/or the truth making them free!
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.