I recently helped the Internet fill the measure of its creation by making an ass of myself in a public forum.
Blogs are open to all and allow anyone to participate, but with a religious blog, how do we deal with claims of authority? It appears that we are unable to settle on a way to engage productively that doesn’t leave somebody out, and that is one of my recuring frustrations with this medium. Elder Maxwell said:
Great care must be exercised so that we do not pass off our personal preferences as the Lord’s program; we must not confuse our personal religious hobbies with His orthodoxy. Nor must we ever pass off a personal obsession as a spiritual impression.
Here is how I understand that advice: My opinions are orthodox. The rest of you are nuts. A quick glance around the bloggernacle indicates that most of you are in the same boat with me. Can somebody show us a way out of this mess? I really am interested in getting past this.