Applying God's Commands in a Digital Age - Part 1

“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Colossians 4:5-6).

Most Christians act reasonably well at church, or at Christian gatherings. But things can change quickly while getting cut off on the freeway, or waiting in a long line at the store. Before long, we begin to act like everyone else. But God has called us to walk differently than the world. What about online activities?

Over the last decade, most major websites reserve places for “comments.” For example, when we purchase things online, we often first read reviews of the product. The commenting section has become a place for venting frustrations and even shocking readers with graphic language. Facebook posts can sometimes encourage others, but can also embarrass people. Even community and national leaders engage in online combat by sending out aggressive tweets or posts. But God called us to live differently. We should stand out from the crowd, even the digital crowd.

It boils down to one question: Where should I live out my Christian faith? The answer should appear obvious, but our actions indicate we don’t all get it. We should live out our faith in all circumstances and in every venue. Admittedly, this raises some questions. For example, how aggressively should we compete in sports? How should we conduct ourselves while marching for a meaningful cause? Should I engage in online chatter hurtful to another person? The Bible makes it clear that we should conduct ourselves in a godly manner in everything we do:

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Christians should live differently than the world. If they use social media, they should not violate commands or godly principles of conduct. At no time should they hurt another person. If they write a review, they should speak truthfully, but in love (Ephesians 4:15, 25). Of course, they should also stand up for Christ.

We should apply our faith wherever we go. Do we demonstrate compassion to the overworked waitress who brought us the wrong order? Do we post words or images in retaliation to someone? When we do these things, we violate principles of godly living. Ask God for strength to live for Him regardless of where we’re at or what activities we engage in. The Word of God continues strong, even in a digital age.

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