Being A Good Christian In A Digital World
If you’re concerned that the digital tools at our disposal do not support an authentic Christian life, allow us to put your worries at ease.
Read on to know what the Bible has to teach us about living and interacting in today’s digital world.
1. Matthew 28:19-20
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Millions of people today have access to the internet, and as part of this digital community, in accordance with the scriptures, we need to be making disciples of netizens too. Christians should use social media to reach out to their fellow men and spread the love of Christ.
2. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”
St. Paul tells us that we are to use ‘all means’ if we truly want to reach ‘all people’. When it comes to spreading the truth of the Gospel, one should not be constrained by culture, language or mode of delivery.
3. Mark 2:15
“While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him”.
Some people refuse to engage in the digital world because of unsavory people or activities online. While we do need to be careful, we ought to also remember that ‘it is not the healthy that need a doctor but the sick’. How else will they know the Gospel?
4. Matthew 5:13
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”
Salt has been used to flavor, preserve and purify since ancient times. In the digital world, Christians are asked to be ‘salt’, or a valuable asset in a space that desperately needs God’s grace and love.
5. John 17:21
“That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.”
Some people see digital fellowship as a threat to authentic fellowship, a shallow relationship that takes away from one’s Christian identity. Digital tools, however, when rightly used can enhance our existing relationships, create new ones and allow us to experience Christ’s love together in new ways.
As Christians, we are called to go forth and proclaim the word. The digital world offers us a chance to do so in ways previously unimaginable. Let us embrace the technology and tools we’ve been blessed with in this day and age and use it to live a life pleasing to God.