This week a question was posed on a Christian Forum by one of its members, Sky Pilot, which was promptly deleted before any of the other members had a chance to respond. At Tracking the Leopard Meroz, we are reposting this question in order to allow a free discussion of the subject matter. A proper answer to the question posed, requires a familiarity with both the Old and the New Testaments, and an understanding as to why a Christian might approach a particular issue differently than an Israelite who lived under a theocracy set up by the same God.
Just as a reminder, I would like to note that forums, chat rooms, blogs, and blogtalk radio programs belong to the person who sets them up; and like a private home, the owner has the right and privilege to set the rules as to who sets foot in their home, and what speech is allowed. Thus the secondary question here is not whether or not the forum owner has the right to delete a question they do not like; they do have that right and privilege.
The question I have in regard to Christian internet websites, is whether it is wise in the long run to censor a legitimate question posed by a commenter or forum member, when the question involves searching the Scriptures for greater understanding of present day situations. The members of the body of Christ are to be edifying to each other, to instruct, to warn, to care about each other’s welfare. None of us have all of the spiritual gifts, we need each other, and we need to learn to search the Scriptures together.
The following is a screenshot of the forum post written by Sky Pilot. Anyone who has any thoughts on the question which he asks, is invited to comment on this website.