Woe to those who deeply hide their plans from the Lord, And whose deeds are done in a dark place, And they say, “Who sees us?” or “Who knows us?” -Isaiah 29:15 (NASB)
It’s said that what you say about someone after you hang up the phone with them that reveals who you really are.
Likewise, you don’t have to spend much time online to see how people express themselves in ways that they probably wouldn’t in person.
The cover of darkness and anonymity online actually reveals the contents of people’s hearts.
Suddenly, the ugliness and hate and sin tucked away in men’s hearts are given the reins. Saying and doing hurtful, hateful, and terrible things seem to be the norm, rather than the exception. (YouTube comments, by the way, are pretty much scraping the bottom of the barrel!)
But the character of true believers is one of consistency, where we behave the same in light or darkness. We do and say the right thing in truth and love no matter who’s watching or not watching.
Sure, we all stumble from time to time, but as children of the light, we repent and return to the light, and strive to be a reflection of His light even in the darkness. May we be living proof of God and what pleases him.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. -Ephesians 5:8-11 (NIV)