For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 1 Peter 2:15-16NIV
We’ve seen it many times. Whether it is started with malicious intent, or repeated by those foolish enough to believe the lie, misinformation on the web can cause great harm.
Remember the Comet Ping Pong Pizza parlor in D.C. supposedly trafficking young girls for Hillary Clinton and John Podesta? A man became so incensed he traveled from North Carolina to the restaurant to “self-investigate” the charges. He brought 3 guns with him and fired several rounds inside the place trying to force a confession. He insisted on seeing the basement and the tunnels used to move children from location to location.
It turned out of course, to be complete fabrication. Nonetheless, the manager and the 40 employees suffered weeks of death threats through instagram, text messages and phone calls. It was terrifying. The manager’s wife wanted him to quit his job.
Now the scripture at the beginning of this post is obviously great advice for the practicing Christian. Live your life in such a way that slanderous accusations made against you will not be believed because your exemplary conduct makes such accusations ludicrous.
But in this age of “internet friends” who really may not have ever met you in person, makes the admonition from first Peter difficult to live out. When we are surfing the net during idle times, are we leaving a trail above reproach? Do we enter into arguments with internet trolls that escalate into nothing more than screaming matches?
Do our words exhibit Christian character? Do we sound just like ever other ignorant person with our foolish talk? Do we engage in conspiracy theories, or visit the sites out of curiosity? Do we shine a light in the darkness, or are we lighting a fuse attached to dynamite?
American on-line culture is a minefield of unexpected dangers. Things we say and do on the internet do not fade away. There is a permanent record of every mouse click, every site we visit, every photo we view, every word we say. How would we like our on line habits to become public knowledge?
Would we be proud to have God look that record over?
I have a revelation for you. He’s already seen it. Nothing is hidden from our creator. He knows the very intents and purposes of our heart. He knows our thoughts. He sees our actions. We are NEVER out of His sight. Think about it.
Yes, it is important to live our lives in such away that we have a good reputation in the eyes of those around us. But it is dangerous to forget there is One whose opinion is the ONLY one that matters. The immortal Creator and Judge of the universe gave us life and keeps us alive through His active will. If He takes His eyes off of us we would drop like a marionnette with our strings cut.
Thankfully, because He knows our hearts tend toward evil, God has provided us a way to escape the coming Wrath of His judgement. Jesus Christ took on our sins on the cross. Our unrighteous life can be exchanged for the Sinless life of Christ. We can be declared innocent in God’s eyes by repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus as our Savior and Lord.
His mercy is great because our sins are great. Don’t take His sacrifice on the cross for granted. He deserves for us to live a holy life. It is a reasonable “exchange” born by His mercy. He keeps His eyes on us. We need to keep OUR eyes on Him.
‘Til next time.