ENTRY: The New Wild West

Entered by Andrew Barden.

The internet.  Here in this anonymous wilderness, where people can reveal their true nature in safety, hidden behind a pseudonym and a monitor, a world of cruelty and lust exists.  You only have to read the news about cyber bullying or see statistics on the level of pornography use among church members to understand that the world has changed.  The internet is a lawless place; the new Wild West, where sin is a keystroke away and every crime is victimless to the perpetrator.

But a God of the universe is God of the internet too.  He sees what happens in a dark room at 1am.  He reads those hurtful words written on someone’s Facebook page.  For him, there is no distinction, because the heart and soul is the same on and offline.  If anything, the internet is a mirror reflecting the true character of a person.

As Christians we are called to be a witness in every part of our lives; to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16).  This must include the Internet.  It is, after all, a refuge for many lost souls who have long abandoned the real world of pain and suffering for a digital life of pleasures and dreams.  We must find them where they are, and reach them the only way we can; online.

The internet is a stronghold for the devil.  You don’t have to search far on here to find his influence.  There’s a lot of wickedness, and it could cause us to despair.  What use is my small contribution of words in a vast sea of darkness?  But Jesus says that faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains (Matthew 17:20).  With faith, we can reach the internet’s lost souls, and bring hope and salvation to a place of desolation.

The written word is a powerful thing; powerful for good or for evil; “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Proverbs 12:18 ESV).  It may seem easy to live two lives in this digital age; the good Christian in the real world and the anonymous troll with the cutting tongue online, but Jesus warns that many will stumble onto the wide path (Matthew 7:13).  We must all keep our faith online, and remember that a reader can be cut down or saved by the power of our words.  Just because we never meet them does not mean that God cannot use what we write to open the heart of a lost soul to the truth and meet them where they are.  Our words could be a part of something wonderful in their life, so we must use them wisely.

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Lucy is a writer and editor based in the UK. She is author of Forgetful Heart: Remembering God in a Distracted World (2014) and Undivided Heart: Finding Meaning and Motivation in Christ (coming 2017) - both published by DLT books.

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