By Marilyn C. Arayata
WHOSE cause are we supporting each time we use the Internet? A former colleague did not want to create an e-mail account. Back in 1998, he already had a belief that the devil would use the internet. (I saw him on Facebook years ago. I don’t know what happened!)
The horrors and effects of violent and sensitive videos, cyberbullying, and the massive spread of fake news, in addition to scams and other crimes orchestrated and perpetuated through the use of technology made me remember my former colleague’s opinion. Indeed, the devil is using the Internet to sow confusion and terror. Technology per se is not entirely bad. As Rick Smolan said, “Every time there’s a new tool, whether it’s Internet or cell phones or anything else, all these things can be used for good or evil. Technology is neutral; it depends on how it’s used.”
If the devil is active online, God-fearing and God-loving people ought to use the Internet actively to fight the works of the enemy. Help sow peace and enlightenment. Use the Internet to spread facts, not lies. Use it to inspire, not to insult or discourage. Use it to help educate netizens, not to promote ignorance.
What were your objectives in using the Internet in the last four weeks? What exactly did you do when someone was cyberbullied or when you noticed that a sensitive video was shared online? Do you engage when you see posts and comments reeking with a grandiose sense of self- importance, anger, and hatred?
Ephesians 6:10-12 says, “…Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” (Albert Einstein). Do something!
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