7 Ways to Respond As a Christian Online Pt. 1

February 17, 2012

With more and more of our communication happening over technology rather than face to face, it is easy to sometimes forget that there is a real person on the receiving end of our communication.  There seems to be a trend to blast people over text, tweets, or a Facebook status. Message board discussions can quickly turn to nasty debates. While it is perfectly reasonable to express your thoughts and opinions, Christians are often left wondering how Jesus would have them respond online. We have a two part blog on 7 ways to respond as a Christian online. Here are the first three:

1. Pray.

Yes, yes. This may seem like the most obvious one. But how many of us actually do it?  In the heat of the moment when we see an opinion that is clearly “wrong,” it is easy to not even think “oh, I got this,” and respond. But taking an extra moment to pray and ask God “how would YOU respond to this” helps to sift of focus from what we feel to what is truly important.

2. Walk away.

It has happened to all of us. We are on our merry way, not in a bad mood, not looking for a disagreement, and suddenly, we see something that makes our blood boil. It is so tempting to want to jump into a discussion right then, especially if others are. But before we say type something, take a moment. Literally walk away from your computer or cell phone. Cool down. Get a drink of water.  Walk down the hall, do ANYTHING but respond in kind online. Psalm 37:8 says “Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it only leads to evildoing.”

3. Avoid debate.

Proverbs 26:4-5 says “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will also be like him. Answer a fool as his folly deserves, that he not be wise in his own eyes.”  It is important to remember that many statement online are nothing more than folly. Everyone can spout off some very stupid things just because they can (Yes, everyone). So, avoid getting into foolish debates. Foolish debates wont change a person’s heart, and both parties in a foolish debate look, well, foolish. You can’t help others “see the light” if they are being foolish. That said, if you feel your silence will confirm a person’s foolish actions, do speak up. You only need to say it once. You don’t need to debate.  Also remember, it is easy to mistake what and how a person is trying to communicate over technology. Because there are no nonverbal cues, people might take what you say wrong, even if you are tying to be friendly and helpful.

Stay tunes for our next 4 tips on how to respond as a Christian online…


5 Responses to “7 Ways to Respond As a Christian Online Pt. 1”

  1. Gloria T Kimmel Says:

    Guidance worthy of sharing.

  2. Matt Bradshaw Says:

    Sometimes we cast our pearl before swine…Don’t get tied up in arguements. They can keep us from sharing our faith.

  3. Randal Says:

    Often we lose the battle for Chrsit when we think we are winning! Excellent articles.

  4. Thank you so much for the wisdom in sharing or not sharing.. reminding us to pray before we speak. Not to get caught up in debating but to share the gospel truth..I guess to keep it simple and stay focused on the cross of Jesus.. His love for all of us and our eternal life. This is not our home, we are just passing through. We must be born again! Amen

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