My experiences as a Christian blogger, Part Three

Writing is not easy. Let no one lie to you that it is a simple as grabbing a pen and jotting down paragraph after paragraph. It is not as straightforward as going to your computer keyboard and typing one line after another.

Writing demands mental focus. It puts a charge on you. You cannot be asleep at the wheel and write.

“If I waited for perfection… I would never write a word.”
—Margaret Atwood

I didn’t want to sound shallow in my writings, so I had to do my homework and be sure that what I was sharing was not just accurate but part of my life too. Can I eat the omelette I prepare for others? I have to check if Josephus accounts are a forgery, and read experts’ opinion before I arrive at plausible points to share. I have to check if Jesus was an Essene, as claimed in some quarters (mostly by conspiracy theorists in their pseudoscholarship writings) before I make statements about Him. By the time I am writing, I have scoured through various sources and at least have a credible position.

If it is a devotional, I made sure that it was still within the orthodoxy. In all these you have to avoid the tendency to become a backseat driver: preparing a bed you don’t lie on, writing a cheque you can’t cash yourself, preaching water and drinking wine. The dividing line between a Christian blogger and any other blogger is drawn here.

My posts are a mixture of real history, facts and figures, poetry and occasionally fiction. I invariably strike a balance between what is real and fiction lest I get into unfamiliar territory or lose people in my fumbled discourse.

“I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged.”
– Erica Jong

It is only in writing that you encounter the likes of Bart Ehrman, Barbara Thiering, Geza Vermes, Lawrence Gardner, Michael Baigent, Donovan Joyce and Dan Brown. It is foolhardy to think that everyone will agree with what you write. Countless people will agree with you, and countless people will disagree with you. The bottom line is that decorum should be observed. Those who differ with you should be dealt with in love; same as those who buy your arguments. However, it is also wise to ask those who do not agree with you to offer a logical rebuttal. Some disagree because they do not understand what you are saying; others because they have been influenced with opposite opinions, and are unreceptive to knew erudition. Put on the full armour of God as you are likely to get insults.

If you are not careful, you are likely to create foes.  Someone might assume you are writing about them. Far from it! Most of us don’t write about people – unless it is a biography. I don’t write to scorn somebody or discredit his or her beliefs. When I write, I have no particular person in my mind. It just happens – by coincidence – that whatever I am writing is challenging your deeply held beliefs. Nothing personal. So don’t sneer at me or decline my greetings when we meet just because of an article I wrote.

There are those who think that whenever you don’t respond to their comments, then you are angry. Far from it! It is never that serious. I am a peaceful person.

Writing teaches you that you know zilch. It is supposed to humble you. It cuts you to your size. It pushes you closer to God; in prayer, bible study and thanksgiving. I write well when I have been in fellowship with the Lord. The lifestyle of a Christian blogger and any other Christian who considers his or her relationship with God serious, should take this pattern.

Where do I get my inspiration

I get inspiration as I climb the Timboroa inclines on my way to see my mother in Western Kenya. I get inspiration when walking along Nyeri’s Gakere Street. I get inspiration when negotiating Kona Mbaya corner on Kisumu- Kakamega Highway. I get inspiration when talking to my friends. I get inspiration when listening to my Bishop preaching. I get inspiration when watching the National Geographic Channel. I get inspiration when playing with kids. I get inspiration as I observe a black kite swoop on someone’s plate at a wedding. I get my inspiration from Timbuktu to Babylon.

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