The title may be a mouthful, but does raise some interesting issues. If you are a follower of Christ and are reading this (an internet user) then these issues do and will continue to affect you.
Personally, I made the choice a couple years ago not to be swayed by the authoritative opinions made by others on the internet, no matter how well known (or respected) they are, but to do my own reading/research, pray, and depend on the Holy Spirit. Sometimes I end up agreeing with the person, other times I don’t.
In the age we now live, one in which this media called the (Christian) internet can exalt and promote, or on the other hand, literally destroy a ministry or teacher/preacher overnight, its necessary AND vital that we don’t automatically follow, like dumb sheep, the opinions of others: for just as the secular news media can (and most certainly does) manipulate how we view news events around the world, the Christian internet media (websites, blogs, etc.) can do the same.
Saying all that, InternetMonk’s Chaplain Mike makes some interesting observations using the subject of the latest internet brew’ha concerning Rob Bell’s book,
My Quick Take on the Bell Blow-Up (Subject: Rob Bell vs. Justin Taylor, John Piper, Kevin DeYoung, Al Mohler, et al.)
This post isn’t about Bell or his latest book, (I have never followed his teachings nor read any material written by him) but concerns not allowing ourselves to become “apathetic, spiritually lazy” believers who can be easily swayed in our opinions or manipulated by others: no matter how well meaning they may be.