Are you a Wi-Fi Christian?

Wi-Fi Christian? What is that supposed to mean anyway? For that matter, what does the term Wi-Fi stand for anyway?  A common misnomer is that Wi-Fi stands for Wireless Fidelity as if it were a play on words derived from Hi-Fi (High Fidelity, not to be confused with the John Cusack movie of the same name.) In fact, the term Wi-Fi stands for nothing at all. It is a coined trademarked name invented by a marketing company for an organization who asked them to come up with an easily remembered company name and symbol. Does it stand for anything, in actuality? Not according to the company’s founders.

That being the case, what does the term Wi-Fi Christian mean, for that matter? Some might assume that it refers to those self-professed “believers” who never darken the door of a local church, instead choosing to feed their spiritual life through the internet. Now true enough the internet can be accessed both through “wired” (via cable modem, etc) or wireless means (cell phone towers i.e. Verizon, ATT etc. and various so-called “hotspots” provided by the same, available at Starbucks and McDonald’s among others). So is a consumer of internet content “more legitimate” if he/she acquires it via wires, instead of wirelessly? Silly argument…ludicrous on its face? Of course!

No one has ever propounded the theory of the legitimate means of acquiring internet content as a wired vs. Wi-Fi  paradigm.  So where in the world are you going with this, Kent? Are you about to launch into the tired debate about King James Onlyism?  Or is the rabbit trail leading us into the ever self-defeating fight over whether Mormons or Jehova’s Witnesses are the more derided door-to-door cult salesmen?

Neither. There is no such thing as a Wi-Fi Christian because one cannot “connect” with the Spirit of God using a Linksys wireless router. Neither is it a substitute for being “connected” with a body of believers in a local church. Does your router provide “accountability” in your spiritual walk, or does it sit silently feeding you both Bible Verses and porn in the “privacy” of your bedroom? Would a true Christian bring a “Hustler” magazine to church so he could browse idly through it when the sermon got boring? Would a “Christian” surf porn sites on Saturday and then go to church on Sunday?

You see, although there may be evidence that there are indeed,
“Christians” who hypocritically worship God on Sunday and worship erotica the rest of the week over the internet, it becomes difficult to define the term “Christian” when it is ignominiously attached to porn surfing, homosexuality, drunkenness, hetero-promiscuity, and other such lifestyles.  So is there such a thing as a Wi-Fi Christian? How about Porn-Surfing Christian?, Homosexual Christian?, Drunken Christian?, Promiscuous Christian?  God Forbid!

Can you receive Spiritual sustenance and reinforcement from the many fine Christian websites and blogs proliferating on the internet? Yes.

But that  is no substitute for active involvement with a local body of believers who provide accountability in our Christian walk, exhort each other to good works, self-discipline, and holiness befitting a follower of Christ.  Think about it.