Proverbs 10:19 and the Braying of the Blogs

They used to say that a million monkeys banging away on typewriters would eventually produce the entire works of Shakespeare. Someone recently observed that thanks to the blogosphere, we now know that this is not true.

Depending on your point of view, it is either encouraging or profoundly disheartening to know that Solomon anticipated this situation almost three millennia ago. “In a multitude of words, sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” (Proverbs 10:19)

Your average blog is a multitude of words virtually by definition. In order to attract traffic, a blogger has to post new material regularly. That need, and the convenience of the Internet, leads to bloggers sitting at their computers at two in the morning, trying to come up with some new content, which they will immediately post.

No restraint. No cooling-off period. No wisdom.

Nowhere is this lack of wisdom more apparent than in doctrinal controversies. There are several current ones to pick from, if you need specific examples: federal vision in Reformed circles, the content of the saving message in Free Grace circles. We are often at our worst in precisely those situations where we most need to be at our best.

So if I’m serious about all this, why do I have a blog?

In the typing-in-my-bathrobe-at-two-in-the-morning sense, I don’t. I’m going to be not putting anything up here that hasn’t had time to cool. I won’t be indulging in flame wars with anyone. If I have something sharp to say — and from time to time I’m sure I will — I’ll make sure I’ve edited it calmly before I put it up, and I’ll mean every word of it. Which is not to say that I won’t have to issue a retraction from time to time. I make no pretensions to perfection, but I’m trying for wisdom and excellence.

Which brings me to what I am here for, which you can find on my About page.


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