I want to discuss why I joined the contest for the Top 25 Faith Blogs at Circle Of Moms because sadly, it has become a somewhat nasty contest which saddens me.
Did you know that the top 25 faith blogs who “win” get an interview and a place in TheRoundUp which goes out to more than 6 million moms? That is a lot of mamas to reach for Christ! That fact could stand alone.
Reason number two, for some reason I thought it would be fun. I know crazy, right? Seems that way now anyway.
I have thought about withdrawing, even from the beginning, because it feels conceited and because I was surprised at first by some of the blogs that are on the list – yes, I admit I had a hard time with some of them for the first day or so that I noticed those blogs but I got over it. I had to decide if I wanted to be on the list with all the other faiths and if I really wanted to compete against my fellow believers.
But here’s why I chose not to leave. It’s that list that reaches 6 million women that keeps me there and cheering on my other Christian blogging teammates. Because when that list goes out, I want to see it at the very least, balanced with the other faiths as well as seeing my Godly girlfriends on there sharing the love and good news of Christ.
So, I will continue to promote my sister’s in Christ’s blogs, just as I would cheer on the teammates on my favorite team. It’s not because I have hatred or ill feelings for the other bloggers, I don’t, but I do want to see Christians win and I don’t think that is wrong or disrespectful.
We are called to be loving and represent Christ but we are not told that we have to be supportive of other religions. I love the women behind the other faith blogs but I don’t agree with what they are teaching and therefore, I will not promote them on my blog or my facebook fan page.
However, I will also not take part in the bashing of any of the other women; Christian, Pagan, Jewish, or any others. That is wrong and none of us should be participating in that kind of behavior. What I’ve seen, sickens me – on all sides and both sides are fueling the fire. So please, stop the bashing and show some love and kindness towards each other. We don’t have to agree but we don’t need to be attacking either, it doesn’t make anyone look good.
With all that said, get out there and vote for your favorite blogs!
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
* Just to be clear, I haven’t misunderstood what has gone on. I have witnessed it from the beginning and it’s not just the Christians who are to blame for the nonsense that has gone on. This will be the last popularity contest I will join as that is really all this contest boils down to; who can rally the most votes instead of the actual content of each site. I also do not appreciate the nasty and mean comments left by many pagans on my site when I have said NOTHING mean, hateful, or demeaning about any of you. I don’t agree with your faith but I respect your right to believe what you want. I would appreciate the same respect. You have the right to say what YOU want to on your own site but NOT on mine. *