2 Timothy 3:5-6 NKJV …having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep (work their way) into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts.
Can this verse be applied to the proper use of technology? Let’s see.
In Bible days, it was not acceptable for men to visit women alone in the women’s houses. Frankly not today either, not for a Christian. It was a societal norm that was instituted to avoid evil and the appearance of evil. That was the standard of the day and still works today to keep people out of trouble.
We need to remember never to go astray and cross the healthy boundaries our Lord gives to us. As a matter of devotion to God, we should not cross the boundary lines that govern how we speak to others, alcohol, spending, entertainment, etc.
Today humans have the technological means at our fingertips to easily go to the wrong places. A bad turn or saying the wrong thing are so much easier than at any previous time. The ease and reach of our new technological tools (phones, apps, computers, social media, texts) make violating those boundaries no less inappropriate.
Our new forms of interaction make it easier to cross lines and to do so secretly. The anonymity and secrecy that are available in modern technologies necessitate that we be extra careful in where we go on-line.
How much trouble can be avoided if Christians, Christian leaders (and all people) would avoid using these devices in ways that our consciences tell us are inappropriate!
To navigate the perilous times that we live in, Christians must apply the standards of proper decorum to our day-to-day communications in ALL forms: 1) Behave in a way that enables us stand before anyone with a clear conscience. 2) Live in a blameless fashion aiming to avoid ALL “appearance” of evil. 3) Conduct ourselves in a way that edifies (helps) others. 4) Conduct ourselves to always glorify God.
Following this wisdom is not optional in the End Days but essential for spiritual survival!
If we follow the guidelines given to us in the Bible in ALL our choices, including how we use the Internet, we can be found blameless at the return of Jesus Christ and avoid a lot of trouble along the way.