As a Christian who is active on the internet, I hold myself to certain standards of conduct. They are:
I guard my online relationships.
I recognize that attachments develop as easily on the internet as anywhere else, and sometimes more easily because of the anonymity involved in initial exchanges. I particularly guard against relationships that encroach upon the level of trust and faithfulness that is to exist only within a husband/wife relationship.
I am careful to visit websites that do not compromise my life in Christ.
I am aware that there are sites on the internet that Christians must avoid, including those that contain pornography. I do not visit such sites, even out of curiosity. When, by accident (and it happens to everyone), I find such a page loading, I leave it immediately.
I take care that my written communications reflect Christ in my life.
Even on issues about which I feel passionate, I avoid saying things that I feel might be displeasing to the Lord. I represent myself, and my intentions in a truthful and upright manner in all my exchanges.
I guard my time to assure that my time online is kept in proper balance with the rest of my life.
I realize that the internet can consume time that should be invested elsewhere: family, church, work responsibilities, and other activities that make for a well rounded life. I especially guard against spending time on the internet that should be spent with the Lord.
For more information visit the
Christian Internet Code of Ethics home page.