I have done an unofficial count over the last two months of the 10 bloggers I read most often (who post fairly regularly) and I can tell you that the overwhelmingly the social issue that they write about – and that their readers most respond to – is sexuality. Now, I believe sexuality, is an important issue – but many, if not most, of these folks – are giving it time like the Bible talks about this issue more than any other. If you took out the references in the Bible to poverty – the Bible would look like swiss cheese. If you took out the references to sexuality – you would hardly notice and would cover large swaths of the Bible between references – in some cases 100’s of pages. It would be hard to cover 10 pages of the Bible without reference to the poor. Now all the references to sexuality wouldn’t distress me so much – but I just wonder – where in the hell do people find all that time to look into that and never write, or at least in any sort of close proportionate way, to the issues that are killing so many of our young people, to the ways in which so many of our sisters and brothers are living and dying – with people only seeing them as empty vessels who need to be fixed and not as beloved children of God with lots to offer.
For my part – and I don’t know if I’m on Mike’s top 10 – I see this from the blog author side. If I want to increase comments and traffic to my blog, all I have to do is write about homosexuality.
I’ve made an intentional effort to stay out of the sex debates recently so as not to have my blog taken over by it as we get closer to General Conference.
But I am still aware of the second half of Mike’s critique. As his rather convicting comment on my last post indicates, it not hard to bump into places where the gospel needs some nurturing. We just have to step outside the comfortable boxes we build for ourselves.
This may go for bloggers even more than normal humans.