Internet: Web Vs. Net

by Robert

What is the internet to you, a web, or a net?

Here’s the web:

They hatch adders’ eggs; they weave the spider’s web; he who eats their eggs dies, and from one that is crushed a viper is hatched. Their webs will not serve as clothing; men will not cover themselves with what they make. Their works are works of iniquity, and deeds of violence are in their hands.

Isaiah 59:5‭-‬6 ESV

Here’s the net:

Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him.

Mark 1:16‭-‬18 RJCT

The internet is either a web which we’re caught in, or a net by which we do the catching.

By web, I’m not simply referring to the addictive sin of the immoral stuff on the internet, but also the time wasting nature of it. “The devil makes work for idle hands” may not be literally Biblical, but neither does it contradict the Bible. We might see ourselves as consumers of social media, but is that all we are, or are we consumed by an addiction to it? Are we simply products to be targeted by ads and “influencers”, like flies in a web?

We can’t just be passive, mindless consumers of the internet, otherwise we get caught in the devil’s web.

But maybe Jesus has plucked us out of the devil’s web. Now what? We can’t go back to a thoughtless consumption of the www, we need to follow Jesus and consider what that means for our Internet usage.

Following Jesus isn’t like following someone on the web- clicking a button and casually perusing His words. Following Jesus is to become a fisher of people, catching them in the net of His word to become part of His kingdom.

So is the internet a web to you, something you’re addictively caught in?

Or is the internet a net to you by which you can catch souls for Jesus?

I need to acknowledge that a post I read, by someone whose blog I’ve forgotten, inspired this post (all I remember is that he’s an evangelist from Africa)…