6 Ways to Act Like a Genuine Christian Online

6 Ways to Act Like a Genuine Christian Online

Trolls are those fictional characters who live under bridges. They are also those real-life “characters” who live on the Internet. And, sadly, many of them claim to be Christians. Internet trolls come from all walks of life and backgrounds. Just as the fairy tale trolls hang out in dark places, Internet trolls hide behind usernames and handles and spew venom in comments sections or on social media.

Technology is a beautiful thing. The Internet has been used as a powerful tool to spread the love of Jesus and the life-changing message of the Gospel around the world. It's also misused on a daily basis by so many of us. The world sees one Christian's behavior and associates it with all Christians. They see one person's actions and assume it represents the God we are supposed to serve. Our behavior, particularly our interactions online, are always under a microscope. The problem so many encounter is that they lose sight of that fact.

One of my favorite passages of Scripture is found in Romans 12, which gives an outline – or how-to guide – for living the Christian life. In fact, in the ESV version, Romans 12:9-21 appears under the heading of “Marks of a True Christian.” The truths expressed in this passage give us a roadmap to how to exhibit true Christian behavior. When these “marks” are represented in our real life, it's only natural that they'll come through in our interactions online.

1. Love people genuinely.

Love is critical in the life of a follower of Christ. In fact, it's a command. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). It's our identifying characteristic. Everything we do on social media should reflect love – real love. “...let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).