Attack of The Readers
Laura MacCorkleLaura MacCorkle's Weblog
- 2008 Sep 11
For the most part, comments from our readers here at Crosswalk.com are fair and balanced. And more often than not, exceedingly gracious.
Across the site, readers may give a virtual thumb’s up to what they’ve read or they may respectfully disagree with something that just doesn’t jibe with their way of thinking.
As a friendly editorial representative (and I know my colleagues will agree with me), I must say that we really do enjoy receiving both kinds of feedback—whether in agreement or at variance. And hearing from many of you helps us to know what we’re doing right or where we may need to make some changes.
But what we don’t relish is this: attacks against personal faith and character. That hits below the belt.
Perhaps it is easier to abandon decorum and civility when feedback can be delivered anonymously. I know it’s tempting to take this route, especially when the subject matter has got someone hot under the collar.
But may I make a suggestion to those who choose to attack the person and not the issue at hand: please communicate or disagree with us in a way that you would want us to do so with you, face to face. This is only fair. And right.
What we say and how we treat one another is a witness to anyone who should come across this Web site. As they surf through the channels and perhaps pause to read an article or two, the words of not only our editorial staff and our contributing writers but those of our readers are also on display for everyone to see.
Just like in the real world, we are all in this World Wide Web together. And we must learn to get along with one another—even when we have opposing points of view.
So let’s work together to be effective witnesses who may or may not disagree. Let’s encourage one another in the fellowship of believers and keep each other accountable in love. And let’s remember that in Christ, we are all part (different though we may be) of the same body.