Practice humble authenticity. Make sure that when you’re online, you’re representing yourself for who you really are. Regularly and honestly examine your values – and let those values guide you when you surf the Internet. Stay away from places online that you know tempt you to sin. When communicating with others online, identify yourself as a Christian whenever it’s appropriate to do so, and make decisions that reflect what Jesus might do if He were online.

Become a cyber ambassador for good. Beyond just avoiding bad behavior online, you can use the Internet as a powerful force for good. Instead of retreating from important topics, engage others in conversations about them and help redeem cyberspace in the process. Speak up with the truth in loving ways when you interact with others online. Get to know the Bible well so you’ll be prepared to communicate its truth to others online. Don’t take yourself too seriously, flaunt your faith, or condemn others. Instead, be relaxed and upbeat when you share your faith. Listen to people patiently, pray for them, and steer conversations in positive directions. Help build and maintain websites to support your church and service efforts through ministries, charities, and other organizations in your community. Start a blog on a topic that interests you and provide a Christian perspective on it. Be creative as you think and pray through ways you can represent Christ well in cyberspace.

Adapted from Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web, copyright 2008 by Daniel J. Lohrmann. Published by Brazos Press, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, Mich., www.brazospress.com
Daniel J. Lohrmann, an award-winning computer security expert, directs the State of Michigan’s Office of Enterprise Security and is Michigan’s chief information security officer. He was named the 2008 Chief Security Officer of the Year by SC Magazine and one of the 25 most influential people in the security industry by Security Magazine. A sought-after speaker at technology conferences around the country, he lives with his wife and four children in Grand Ledge, Michigan.