The purpose of this post is simply to ask for your help.
In the early days, NazNet was very much a "fellowship" board. Many friendships and at least one marriage have resulted from that fellowship. Facebook, Twitter and other social media have become competitors for the fellowship aspects, but I believe there is still a legitimate role for NazNet. It is still the best forum available for discussion of issues that are common to Nazarenes and friends.
My concern is that the conflicts that have become so common in U.S. society have invaded NazNet as well. It shouldn't be that way. My vision is that when outsiders look at NazNet, they will say "Behold, how they love one another."
I am not sure exactly how to do it, but I want to shift the tone of NazNet back to a friendlier, kinder forum. If that means that I have to exercise my authority as owner from time to time, I am prepared to do that. If I have to ban someone, I will do my best to be kind as I do it.
One of my all-time favorite books is "Getting to Yes" by Roger Fisher and William Ury. One chapter is on "Separate the People from the Problem." The idea is that we can differ strongly on issues, but still be soft toward one another. That is what I want for NazNet. It is fine to differ on issues, but let's be kind to one another.
Shifting the tone on NazNet back to a kinder and gentler tone isn't something I can do by myself. I pledge to do my part. I am asking that you help me in this effort. What can you do?
1. Guard your own attitudes -- "a soft answer turneth away wrath..."
2. Give others the benefit of the doubt, but if someone consistently contributes to a harsh tone, point it out to me.
3. If I need correction, please be gentle and private, but correct me.