I promise (unless the Lord tells me otherwise) to not bring this subject up again, but I believe God has laid this burden upon my heart so I am under obligation to share it. Please, I beseech you, take the few minutes to read this and think about what is being said for not only certain aspects of YOUR life hang in the balance but many others who none of us have even met yet.
Anyone who has been around this site for any length of time knows that I write many blogs but hold no position of authority on this site. I write about certain aspects of this site out of my love and appreciation for Christian Blog and what it has done for me and many others that I call friends. I am not an employee of Christian Blog nor am I in any way part of its leadership team. I am strictly the senior blogger and one of the site's biggest donors.
Having established the above, please bear with me and allow me to share some things that I believe are currently being ignored or downplayed. Of course, as you probably figured out, much of this deals with the financial difficulty being experienced by the site.
OK, now that a good number of people have left because they absolutely do not want to hear someone talking about THEIR money, I address the rest of this to the faithful few who are still reading.
First and foremost I personally want to thank those of you who have continued to give into this site financially, through writing blogs and in prayers. However many of you there are who do this faithfully; it is YOU who are keeping this place up and running. Without your willingness to share of your money, time, talents and prayers, this site would have closed down long ago. Your obedience to God working in your heart has allowed God to provide just enough to keep Christian Blog going.
As you know from reading the various things John (Christian Blog's owner) has written, you know that the site it quickly approaching a crossroads. If something does not change in the next two weeks, this site will cease being what it has been for many years. Unless some people make the conscious decision to support this site through being pledge partners and one time donations, this site will soon cease being the blessing it has been and is God's will to be.
For everyone supporting this site there are many who for one reason or another fail to see that it is their job to give anything to someone they have never met to pay his expenses on a monthly basis. This immature and selfish attitude is killing not only this site but many churches and ministries. When most of a person's time and energy is put into finding good reasons NOT to support an effort, that person is in no ways committed to that effort.
We all give our money to causes we believe in. Do you believe in what Christian Blog is trying to do? Has Christian Blog blessed your life, helped you through a difficult time, enabled you an outlet to share things burning on your heart, given you fellowship with others, provided a place to pray and allowed you to meet people who have sincerely been a blessing to you? If you answered YES to any of these questions, my question to you is; are you supporting this great site or just along for the ride?
God is my witness that over the past couple of years, I have spent hours and hours trying to find extra funds to send to Christian Blog. I have gone without many things, choosing instead to send the funds here. I have charged donations on credit cards, used funds that in the past went to other good causes and pretty much scrounged up every spare penny in the house for this site. I am not ashamed of this but rather am at peace that I have done all I can do to help.
People float through this site all the time. People come in with a blaze of glory, write a bunch of blogs and leave tons of comments etc. Interestingly, they usually tell everyone about how much they are doing or giving and how great they are. Then, they suddenly are gone. Like a thief in the night they simply vanish without a trace. Many leave after making pledge commitments etc. They simply were not committed to the site but rather to hearing themselves talk. When they don't develop a following immediately or if someone challenges their thinking they just leave.
I don't want to be one of those who ever quits this site. I want to be one of those who goes down with the ship if that is what happens. I therefore lay out to you a challenge:
I believe if ten people will rise up and publically commit themselves to Christian Blog to stick with it, support it and be actively involved in it; God can then open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings to meet the needs of the site financially as well as spiritually. The Bible says it is better not to vow a vow than to vow a vow and not keep it. Thus, this challenge is only for those willing to keep their vows and who are willing to keep supporting Christian Blog faithfully.
If TEN of us were willing to pledge $200 per month, John's needs would be met and there would be no more of these blogs. Please, if there is any way you can make a pledge or up your pledge to $200, I beseech you to make the commitment to stand with this site and fight for it. If you do not have means to do this, please contact me or John for there is an idea in the works that might help.