24 February 2006

"Many Advisers": The Purpose of Blogging

Proverbs 11:14 For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure.
Proverbs 15:22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
Proverbs 24:6 For waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers.
Proverbs 26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer discreetly.

There are many good reasons to blog. For instance, in the secular realm blogs are used to share news and recipes. These are good goals and helpful for those who are interested in those sorts of things. PittsSpot has a different purpose in mind: wisdom. Specifically, I seek the wisdom gained by submitting one's thoughts to a broader community for argument and discussion. Three of the verses above refer specifically to planning and strategizing, especially in military contexts, but I think an application could be made to one's thought-life as well.

Blogging helps me take several steps in the path of wisdom. First, I must wrestle my thoughts into words. Second, I must rally them into intelligible order and reasonably sized units. Third, I must humbly and attentively accept criticism from even the most vitriolic of critics. Fourth, I must evaluate criticism and respond to it either with rebuttal or with revision of my own views in light of the authority of Scripture.

So there is my purpose for blogging. The last verse is there to remind me that seeking wisdom is hard work. In self-deception, I might think it unnecessary, but these lying thoughts are only manifestations of laziness and pride.

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