Internet Dangers

Yesterday I talked about using the Internet for encouragement, if you missed that post, I hope you’ll check it out first and I would love to get your input on that.

We’re made to function within community. One important aspect of being made in God’s image is that we are created for relationship rather than living in isolation. The Internet community is limiting in its role—it’s not the same as doing life together in daily interaction that requires godly compromise or provides accountability, or the give and take that is necessary in close quarters. But social sites provide an important community function similar to what the local coffee shop once did.

I recently encouraged a friend to sign up for a twitter account. Why? Why add one more piece of social media to my life that can clog my brain with more info than I can already handle?

Good question. It took me a good long while to finally plunge into the social media world. I resisted for the reasons listed below.

Internet Dangers:

  • Time

Who has enough of it? You can’t manufacture more of it and I certainly don’t need another thing in my life that drains it! So why add something to my life that can become a major time-drainer?

  • Soul Damage

There are several subtle dangers lurking behind the happy social media world. One of which is its addictive pull. It caters to the ugliest part of man’s nature: pride. The system is set up to fuel narcissism. It’s like the junior high popularity game on steroids.

“Experts” are now telling us that social media sites like facebook can be a source of unhappiness and jealousy, or lead to feelings of discontentment and inadequacy. I’ve not experienced that, but I felt like I needed to include their warnings on this post.

  • Stumbling

In the multitude of words there is greater opportunity for sin (Prov. 10:19). There is a greater opportunity to intentionally or unintentionally harm someone by something I post online. 

The Internet removes “face-to-face inhibitions” encouraging some users to post ugly comments they would never say but feel comfortable typing on screen. Pictures and information are passed through these sites that are nauseating and alarming. It’s pretty much like the onslaught of depravity that hits me in the face anytime I walk through our local mall.

So why would I encourage anyone to add one more thing to their lives that has potential dangers?

Because of community. Because of the gospel. And because of the glory of God.  

I’ll explain what I mean by that in tomorrow’s post, as well as provide some practical tips for protection from the dangers I mentioned above. But before I weigh in on why I participate in the Internet community, I want to hear from you.

Are you using social media? Why or why not?

How are you bringing God glory through that avenue?


  • Katie


    I do use Facebook, primarily for communicating with family and friends out of state or country. I thoroughly enjoy looking at pictures and leaving comments. I believe there still is a void being unmet, that is only filled by actual face to face or talking on the phone. But with some of my “friends” (especially the ones in England) its the only way to communicate, and for this I am very thankful.
    I do not have a twitter account, because I feel my FB account is adequate enough. Even on my FB im not one to air my “dirty laundry” or to stand on a “soap box” if you will. I’m private when it comes to sharing details like that about my life. I feel more comfortable being transparent here on your blog where we can minister to one another, rather than being judged or ridiculed on FB.
    I normally post pictures of my kids for a status update, and rarely use it for anything else. The way that I believe I bring Glory to God with my account is by not slandering or gossiping others. If its with things my “friends” post or about what’s going on in the world. At times I will post a link to or the lyrics of a worship song that ministered to me. Or maybe even recommend a book to one of my “friends”. I do prefer using the private messages for communication though.

    Thank you Kim for providing this safe and welcoming blog to feel the freedom to be transparent.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Katie ~

    Thanks for sharing some specifics that might be helpful for others to read! It sounds like you are intentional and responsible in what you do online.

    I’m thankful you are connected to the blog and that you feel the freedom to be transparent here, that means a lot!