What we miss when we don’t include God’s word in our online witness
I notice how much I tend to look around for another book to speak to me about a topic I’m struggling with, about an area of my life which needs refining. I don’t need more books—I need His Word.
Recently, I’ve become more aware of the impact and influence of online thought and perception, of clubs and tribes, cliques and clusters—of shared narratives that may not include my moral code.
While finding new acquaintances online has been a salve to me as a writer, it’s also become a relentless field of oppression and despair. My entering into Christian circles seems to be hinged on my need for biblical support, but I find more cases of feelings and sentimentality instead.
I don’t always get my thoughts in order and run into the danger of—as a Bible-believing Christian—to lack informing my words with the Bible at hand. We fail to include the word of God as a source of life and living, don’t we, when we’re caught up in sentimentality and popular opinion.
The Bible is sufficient and should be enough to us. We don’t need to be anxious about what is going on in the world, what someone is saying about someone else because that doesn’t edify. Our biblical worldview is what ultimately will inform our opinions and responses to the things we hear, see, and say.
Let’s remember that Paul didn’t make himself the point of focus, but rather kept his faithful focus on Christ (2 Corinthians 4: 5-6). When we speak, we speak through the oracles of God (1 Peter 4:11).
Lately, I’ve done what I must do online and then I get out. I answer my notifications and move along, lest I get hooked on a bait that will eventually become a snare. Likewise, it’s important to not go fishing for piranhas, because we will find them if we’re not careful. Instead, we are wise to be better stewards of our time if we include those who sharpen us in our lives. Our writing, our speech, and our thoughts should always bear the witness of Christ. As Paul noted: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
How do you cope? Do you despair when you attempt to connect biblically with others and can’t?