A regular blog reader emailed me yesterday about one of the comments made on a post. Concerned about the tone of the comment, they suggested blocking the anonymous commenter from reading or commenting on my blogs. My response, in a public forum, you take the negative along with the positive as the normal course of events.
There is capability of blocking all anonymous comments, but I have anonymous commenter's who are supportive and encouraging. There is the capability of reviewing all comments before publishing. Unless the comments become obscene or use vulgar language, I prefer to air all sides of the topic. If the comments become obscene or vulgar, I have the capability of deleting them after the fact.
I do choose whether I reply to comments, though. Normally I reply to all named commenter's. I will not reply to the negative anonymous comments. A war of words is not the purpose of this blog and I do not intend to defend MY opinions. You never argue anyone into changing their point of view.
The thing about a spitting contest---everyone gets wet. I have a rain jacket, but do not intend to wear it while writing. My goal is to post what God is placing upon my heart. If I am off track, the readers will pull me up short. If I am being a “truth teller”, there is no need to defend the truth. God is more than capable of defending Himself.
So let the comments fall where they may, unless God instructs me to stop---the words will continue to fly. The thing to keep in mind, even negative criticism is flattering---since they obviously are still reading what I am writing.
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”