I recently published a post taking issue with a post by Free Northerner. I’m not much on commenting on other blogs because the conversations move too fast for my sporadic internet access–I simply frame a complete reply here. However, there were others also taking umbrage with the post in the comments over there.
But that’s not what I want to talk about.
Instead, I want to draw attention to how Free Northerner handled the issue. One day after posting the original article, he added the following note at the top of the page:
A number of Christian men whose thoughts I have come to respect have made objections to this post. I have concluded that whatever my original intentions were, they do not matter at this point as, at best, the execution was flawed and deeply confused. I no longer stand behind or support what was written in this post. I’ll leave this here to read for those that may be interested, but if you decide to read it please use discernment as this post was in error. May God forgive me if this led anyone to wrong thinking. For less confused writing by me on the issue at hand, see here.
I recommend you check out the post he linked–it is excellent and firmly grounded in scripture.
What I write here is not going to help or hurt Free Northerner–my traffic is too infinitesimal. However, since I publicly rebuked here for the original article, I want to publicly commend here for the disclaimer. I recognize how hard it probably was to write. As a blogger, I have a certain level of pride in what I write, and Free Northerner’s output makes it clear that he does as well. It is far easier to simply unpublish a post than it is to add a disclaimer explicitly stating it was in error only a day after it was published.
Free Northerner’s actions demonstrate humility, and are to be heartily commended.
The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise. Proverbs 15:31 (ESV)