In the past seven months I have posted approximately 200 articles on this web site. Comments per post average from five to one hundred and twenty five, depending on the interest in the subject posted.
I have had a few people who have attempted to say that I am responsible for the comments. In other words, if I allow the comments to be posted, then I must agree with them. As a result, there have even been instances where comments on my blog have been read publicly and some, without success, tried to hold me responsible for them.
Let me reiterate that I do not always agree with the comments. There have been many comments that are critical of me and a few critical of other things --- comments that I would not agree with in substance. It is my desire, however, for people to be free to speak what they believe, regardless of my views.
A healthy organization and family will let people speak freely, but an unhealthy system will seek to clamp down on those who disagree. In addition, Southern Baptists need to get to the place where we stop acting like everything is wonderful publicly and rail against each other privately. If there is a problem, we need to be free to address it openely, offer solutions, and move forward.
As I have thought through my desires to let people speak freely on this blog, I found it a little inconsistent to enable comment moderation. I have only rejected a handful of comments out of the several thousand sent, and those were because of very personal and direct criticism toward individuals (other than me) that I felt were unwarranted. In one instance I refused to post comments from a blogger that was dominating the post by sending multiple, lengthy comments. I suggested he start his own blog and he was offended and never came back. Other than that, every comment has been placed on the board.
Therefore, I will no longer operate comment moderation. If someone wishes to post, it will go up immediately. There may be rare occasions where I will have to remove a comment, but I believe those occasions will be rare.
Remember, the comments do NOT originate from the author of the post.
In His Grace,