A verse that I have adopted as my “life verse” is Galatians 6:10. “As we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Here is some context though of the full passage and a similar piece from 2 Thessalonians.
 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.  Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.  For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.  And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.  So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
(Galatians 6:6-10 ESV)
 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.  For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.  Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
 As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.  If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.  Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
(2 Thessalonians 3:10-15 ESV)
The gist of these passages are clear. We are to do good. We are to work. And doing good IS work. We should especially do/be good to our fellow Christians. And we are not to give up doing to. We need to persevere and not give up because our actions will reap results. For better or worse, our actions will result in consequences.
Here is how this applies to us on Theologica. Our About Page is full of links telling us to behave and lots of links to how that looks. These articles have been written by both moderators and members on both sides of just about any major debate we’ve had here. It boils down to treating topics fairly, in an honest objective manner, and treating each other with gentleness and respect. And, as time has gone on, I think we have “grown weary” in that well doing. And, Biblically speaking, it is a pretty minimal threshold. 1 John 3:16 would even have us die for each other. And, based on how many of us talk to each other here (and refer to each other elsewhere), we couldn’t even be convicted of liking each other. How are we going to die for someone when we secretly believe they are too dumb or to sensitive or too immature to even be allowed to comment?
There have been conversation both here and elsewhere recently along the line of “what happened to Theologica”. People has asked how to get “it” back. Lots of things and even a few people have been blamed. But it is more than just one person or one topic. It’s that we’ve grown weary in well doing and are reaping the kind of disastrous results that destructive attitudes have produced. We, as a community, have reaped what our past attitudes and actions have sown.
I’m offering this encouragement to everyone
, myself included. I too have been guilty of thinking that someone I’m conversing with is either ignorant, stupid, or blind. I too have been guilty of posting things that reflected more passion than objectivity. So my reminder here is for everyone
. We need to get back to basics. And, in the light of verses that speak to “the least of these” or giving hospitality to angels unawares, I think it would be good for all of us to realize or remember that we are not God revealing truth to ignorant heathen, but fallible individuals that could very well be speaking with and of someone that could not only be in God’s family, but someone sent by God to teach US something.
To paraphrase this message, we are to be good, do good, and speak good....especially to our fellow Christians here, and not give up on this work, because our attitudes and the way we treat each other and refer to each other is going to have an outcome. If you don’t like how that outcome looks, it is never too late to go back and sow the seeds of peace, love, joy, and so forth.