I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.
Seems appropriate in light of the heat generated in the blogosphere. Heat rather than light. Consider Jesus’ parable:
“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’He answered, ‘I will not;’ but later he changed his mind and went.The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir;’ but he did not go.Which of the two did the will of his father?”They said, “The first.”Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax-collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax-collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.” (Matthew 21:28-32)
A good parable for the early days of Advent. Will the Lord, at his coming, find us awake and alert? But will he also find us busy with the matters of the Reign of God? Who cares about the words we print, publish, or preach? Do actions show regard for Christ and his Gospel?