I had just finished a small bit of blog-hopping, reading the words of a few online acquaintances about faith. I saw some recent posts with no comments, no love in return to these people for filling with web with words of faith.
But it isn’t just the crowded traffic of words on the internet. It’s also in the synagogues and churches. Few come.
And it isn’t just in places of worship, it’s in the literature and entertainment fields as well. Words of faith are muted, rarely peeking out, for the most part unwanted.
By contrast, I, as a Messianic Jewish rabbi, was reading the words of a Conservative Jewish scholar (Jacob Milgrom) and a Catholic New Testament scholar (Raymond Brown) this morning. And my soul was on fire.
I suspect the yawning public staying away in droves has no idea what they are missing. Things that do not profit, to paraphrase something I read yesterday from Maimonides, fill up our viewscreen. And I’m not suggesting that out interests should in any sense be limited to theology.
But life is more than possessions, thrills, or a good laugh.
And I shouldn’t overstate my cynicism. The lonely words of friends on the internet certainly do reach people we will never know in full.
But you may ask yourself: are words of faith unwanted by me? Are those who write them unappreciated? Do I write my own words of faith? Does my soul thrill with the electric spark of life beyond the narrows? The wise sage said, “Of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh” (Eccl 12:12), but some words we can’t truly live without.
CLARIFICATION: I am not complaining that too few people comment on my blog. Actually, I get a lot of love and feedback publicly and privately. I have a lot of readers. My meditation here is noting with sadness that some worthy blogs seem to get few readers or attention, that words of faith in general are too little appreciated, and a little nudge to you, dear reader, to highly value the regular penetration into your soul of words of faith.