Technology is here, and it’s growing.
Sony has filed a patent to create its first smart contact lens. You can record memorable moments, spy on people you hate, and journalists now have a way to record without looking like they can record. Virtual Reality is coming, if it’s not already here. Fighting technology, instead of harnessing it for good, is useless and only isolates you from the rest of the world. There are three very good reasons why someone should stay offline though.
Demonstrating A Lack of Self-Control
In a recent webinar, missionary, Nikole Hahn, cited James 1:26, “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. (emphasis hers)” 1 Corinthians 8:9 talks about making sure our “liberty” doesn’t become someone else’s stumbling block. If you emotionally vomit on yours or someone else’s site, gossip, or lack self-control in what or how you post, social media may threaten your friendships. Your online cannot be different or separate than how you live privately. So hurting someone online is like hurting them face-to-face. Demonstrating a lack of self-control is a sure sign you probably shouldn’t be on social media.
You Do Not Have a Thick Skin
People are rough to each other online. Without seeing each person you respond to as your next door neighbor, it is easy to feel free to say anything you want; and people will be mean online or misrepresent your words, or misinterpret what you say. Not everyone will agree with your post, but that should not stop you from using social media to help others. However, if you are unable to handle disagreement well, it would be better to not be on social media.
You Use Social Media to Create a Double Life
Cropping photos to create a certain image about yourself to the public, sharing untruths or partial truths, or making yourself to be more than you actually are in life is not good. Unfortunately, it does happen. Online we are happy and successful-looking, perfect Christians, but the real life isn’t reflective of this truth. In this case, an unbeliever would not benefit from your social media presence.
So friends, it’s just as hard online as it is in the face-to-face world. We balance exercising self-control with not saying the wrong things. Like any obstacle, I would recommend you try to overcome the above in order to be a better Christian and human being online. Technology is not going away. It’s getting faster and smaller. It’s getting more social and like having your entire church body living within the confines of a one-room hut. Like in face-to-face, issues will surface, but with love, we can work through them.