Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Randy Alcorn - Perspectives on End of the Spear and the Chad Allen Controversy

Randy Alcorn writes a summary of his interaction with the various parties in this controversy. I agree with his first conclusion which is to keep the viewing of this movie a matter of private opinion (see my earlier posting on this here.) I wish Randy had written more, though, on what I consider to be the silly reasoning of Saint in moving ahead with Allen in the role of his father. Like most problems, there is a theological root to this one! God does not speak to people in dreams.
All that being said, it is worth hearing the warning Alcorn includes for bloggers. It follows here:

EPM Resource - Perspectives on End of the Spear and the Chad Allen Controversy: "This End of the Spear situation is also a timely reminder of the inherent dangers of blogs, and I am not just referring to the Sharperiron blog by Jason Janz. Usually there is no editor. No checks and balances. Yet because you have words attractively placed on a screen, there is an illusion of credible research. Often the research is minimal and limited to internet sites.

But there are a lot of truths you can't just Google. You've got to make the effort to go directly and privately to your brother, just like Jesus commanded us to.

Blogs have no publisher with a legal department or wise counsel to look at potentially slanderous accusations and say 'Have you gone to them and asked them to respond?'

After writing more than twenty books, I know there can be inaccuracies even after a dozen people in our office and at the publishing house have looked over manuscripts. But when it's just the lone blogger, where's the process, the give and take, the wise counsel and accountability? Where's the iron sharpening iron?

With blogs, there is often almost no gap between composition and publication. The potential result is misinformation by the truckloads."