In practical, nitty-gritty terms, though, how do we go about doing that? The Jollyblogger comes to the rescue again with some Chestertonian advice gleaned from J. Fraser Field.
"A Christian journalists's duty is to inform, edify and even entertain; but even more important, it is to reveal to his reader the face of Christ."
"In purerly practical terms the Christian journalist should never make the mistake of undermining his credibility by overstating his case with exaggerated generalizations that don't follow from the evidence. Let understatement trump overstatement."
"At the very least, don't come across as frustrated and never rant."
Here are three principles of writing that Field gleans from Chesterton.
"First, his writing – no matter how serious the subject matter – was always suffused with Christian joy and hope. Second, a detached playfulness always marked his writing and he was always personal, never taking himself too seriously. Third, although Chesterton was not averse to a little good-hearted ridicule, the emphasis was always on 'good-hearted'; he was never vindictive. And most important, within his own style and personality, Chesterton's writing comes from a place of such child-like innocence that it always manages to be a beautiful reflection and reminder of the Lord's own voice."
How often are your posts and comments joyous and hopeful? Do your fisks show detached playfulness? Do you take yourself too seriously? Are you vindictive or do you remind your readers of God's voice? I don't know about you, but I'm guilty on all counts.
Feeling rather ashamed, I'll end this tome with some words of wisdom from Tom Kreizberg.
"Given the choice, I personally would rather be in a Church with confused, ignorant, and overly protective troublemakers than with well-catechized and theologically educated people who don't give a rat's ass about the confused and the ignorant."
"But I'm not given that choice. I'm told there's only one Church, and what ultimately determines whether I personally am in that one Church is how well I love others, the troublemakers and the self-satisfied included."
"At this point, I don't do that very well. So either everyone is going to have to become a whole lot more lovable, or I am going to have to become a whole lot more loving."
I know the feeling, Tom.