One way we communicate in the digital world is in an intrapersonal way. The communication is basically one-way; we create our picture, biography, description, likes and dislikes, and a host of other personal tidbits to reveal a profile completely self-controlled. It is, in essence, everything we want people to believe about us. Do these self-created profiles in the digital world reflect who we are in the real world? More importantly, do people see Christ in us both in our digital identity and in person?
Another way we communicate in the digital world is in an interpersonal way. The communication is two-way; we engage in conversation or exchange information with someone else or with a group. Our choice of words not only communicates information but also establishes a tone. A tone may express negatives such as anger, bitterness, envy, or jealousy; a tone may also convey happiness, kindness, love, or humility. As believers, our interpersonal communication in the digital world should be carefully guarded to mirror the message of Ephesians 4:29: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” The same accountability standards apply for our digital relationships as well as our real relationships.
Establishing and maintaining a godly digital identity begins with intrapersonal honesty. Seeing ourselves as God sees us (sinners saved by grace!) invites wholesome, edifying interpersonal communication. Whether in person or online, perception is reality. We do care what people think about us because of Who we represent—Jesus Christ. We are who we are by the grace of God!