[Linux4christians] Defending the faith online (was Re: List of
singingfalls at tymewyse.com
Mon Jan 17 11:13:19 EST 2005
Ben Thorp wrote:
It is also important to recognize that, especially in FOSS / Linux
circles, people operate on a meritocracy, thus you have to earn the
right to be heard.
Very significant point in my view. When serious contributions are made
to the FOSS community in the name of Mashiach it will have a great
impact. When that is not possible a trustworthy expression of WHO you
are on the net via a web site etc. is pretty important.
I have found that it is very easy for individuals to presents hard nose
alter ego images of themselves on line. The anonymity of the internet is
really a significant component of understanding that the image being
presented to you may not be who that person "really" is.
I frequent Linux and Open Source artistic BBs often. Some of the hardest
and most aggressive anti-Christians are often expressing suicide as an
option. Never have I have had a negative response from anyone when I
have responded publicly in the Lord's love to such desperate cases.
Gentle wisdom turns away wrath. Mostly there has been an ominous
silence, an occasional "Amen", or a private message of thanks.
Being sensitive and non-reactionary are very good tools.
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