Why Do You Think Religious Blogs Aren’t Popular?

Hey, readers!

This is my first post in the You and God category of Olaedo!

Now, those that know me personally know that I’m not some kind of (as us Nigerians would say) holy-holy, sister-in-Christ person. I like to see myself as ‘in the world, but not of the world’. And I’m just doing my own bit in helping others see that you don’t have to change all of your personality because you’re a Christian. All you need to do is change the parts that wrong God… and most times, those parts of us that wrong God are the parts of us even we know we need to get rid of.

So sit back, RE-lax and read!

I’ve realised something about the way most people (including me) react to religious write-ups. People just skim down the write-up and stop when a word or sentence catches their interest, but read on when they didn’t see what they expected. (I know what I’m saying is true). Now, I know a handful of people already do this for regular posts, but it’s a lot more rampant when religious posts are concerned.

And because of this, if you’re reading this and you write religious articles, I have to say that you should conform your articles to suit the short attention span of people. We live in a world where people want to read what will be relevant to their lives, not some sentimental, over-zealous bible-verse-crammed article.

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It’s your choice if you want to pour out your entire soul into one article without bothering if it will actually make an impact in today’s society, but know that only few people will read it and be changed by it. And the ‘few’ you might now claim are the important ones to you, might just consist of people like you who turn one single tittle into an article of 2,000 words where you just beat around the bush and stuff bible verses all over the place.

Let me tell you that if as a religious writer, your articles don’t make an impact in the lives of unbelievers or ailing believers, you have done nothing. Listen, God conforms His message with every passing generation. God does not change His message, He just gives it a different packaging, so that it can appeal to the set of people it is being preached to. Even Saint Paul said it in 1 Corinthians 9:20-23.

When I am with the Jews, I am seen as one of them so that they will listen to the Gospel and I can win them to Christ. When I am with the Gentiles who follow Jewish customs and ceremonies I don’t argue, even though I don’t agree, because I want to help them. When with the heathen I agree with them as much as I can, except of course that I must always do what is right as a Christian. And so, by agreeing, I can win their confidence and help them too. When I am with those whose consciences bother them easily, I don’t act as though I know it all and don’t say they are foolish, the result is that they are willing to let me help them. Yes, whatever a person is like, I try to find common ground with him so that he will let me tell him about Christ and let Christ save him. I do this to get the Gospel to them and also for the blessing I myself receive when I see them come to Christ.

1 Corinthians 9:20-23. The Living Bible.

In fact, this should be the motto of every evangelist.

Even Jesus did it. He didn’t always have plain sermons, sometimes he taught in parables, he told stories. Why? ‘Cause people liked stories, and, honestly, you tend to remember and learn more from a story than from a plain, old sermon.

Now, before I start to beat around the bush, all I want to say is that religious writers, preachers and all evangelists of the Word should learn to study their audience before dishing out an article or a sermon. If it’s young people you’re addressing, speak our language; if it’s adults, speak to appeal to their interests. It’s not all about all the articles we’ve ever written, or all the places we’ve ever gone to preach, it’s all about the people you’ve helped have a change of heart, the souls you’ve saved.

So there you have it.

I think this is a nice message to all evangelists out there (including me!). Are you a religious blogger or a person who helps people see God’s light in any way? I’d really love to hear what you have to say about presenting the Word in a way it will interest your audience and change them; so leave a comment, please! And even as I know some people in the world today are onlookers, or (as us Nigerians would say) aren’t jim jim, concerning God and religion, God doesn’t select, all He does is give us inspiration and truth that we can use to get through life; so I urge you to look out for more articles in the You and God category (or any other religious blogs that strike your interest) and keep listening to what God is using us to say to you.

Just trying to follow God’s will and do the right things, too. 😘

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