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Digital Holiness: Avoiding Mockery on the Internet

Matthew 15:18

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart; and they defile the man.

Today, I would like to share a message with you on a topic that has become increasingly relevant in today's fast-paced digital world. This topic is the use of memes, social media, and such jokes to mock others, and why, as Christians, we must refrain from engaging in such behaviour.

The Bible teaches us we are to be loving towards one another, following the example set by our Lord Jesus Christ. In Ephesians 4:29, the Apostle Paul instructs us, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." This counsel is clear: Our words and actions should always edify and uplift, never being cruel or demeaning.

In today's digital age, where communication takes place primarily through social media platforms, it is vital to remember that these principles apply to our online interactions as well. Memes and jokes are often used to ridicule and mock others, whether it be individuals, groups, or even entire belief systems. As followers of Christ, we must ask ourselves: Is engaging in this form of mockery in line with our faith?

To answer this question, let us turn to the Scriptures. In Proverbs 11:12, we read, "Whoever derides their neighbour has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue." Similarly, Proverbs 26:18-19 cautions us, "Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death is one who deceives their neighbour and says, 'I was only joking!'" These verses highlight the importance of treating others with respect and the harm that can result from engaging in mockery and derision.

Jesus Himself modelled kindness, love, and compassion in His interactions with others. In Matthew 22:37-39, He sums up the essence of Christian living in the Great Commandment: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbour as yourself.'" As Christians, we are called to emulate Christ's example in our lives, and this includes our online presence.

So, what does this mean for our digital interactions? First, we must be mindful of the content we share and engage with. If we come across a meme that mocks or belittles someone, we should refrain from sharing, liking, or commenting on it. By doing so, we are not only contributing to the degradation of others, but also misrepresenting the love and grace of Christ.

Second, we should strive to be a positive influence in our online communities. Rather than using our digital platforms to spread negativity, we can share messages of hope, encouragement, and love. In doing so, we can be a light in the darkness that so often pervades social media, reflecting the love of Christ to those around us.

Lastly, we must remember that our online interactions have real-life consequences. The words and images we share can either build up or tear down, heal or harm. As Christians, we have a responsibility to use our influence wisely, always seeking to glorify God and advance His kingdom.

In conclusion, let us be mindful of the way we behave in our digital interactions. May we always strive to be a reflection of Christ's love, kindness, and compassion in our online presence, treating others with the dignity and respect they deserve as fellow image-bearers of God. As we do this, we will not only be living out our faith in a practical way, but also positively impacting the world.


Heavenly Father, we thank You for the wisdom found in Your Word. Help us be mindful of our actions, both online and offline, and to always treat others with love, kindness, and respect. May we be a light in the darkness and a beacon of hope to those around us. In Jesus' name. Amen.