I’ve been thinking about writing a blog entry about this topic but never could get to it. What does the Bible say about computer programming? Can Christians be programmers? If yes, how should we be writing code?
This is a very interesting topic and many developers out there who are Christians are wondering what the Bible says about programming. I will attempt to bring up a few verses from the Scriptures that will help us understand what and how we should be coding.
Do Everything For The Lord
The Bible clearly states that we should be doing everything for God’s glory – whatever it may be.
“And whatsoever ye do in word or code, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” – Colossians 3:17
Notice how I substituted the word “deed” with “code”. Deeds are the works that we do and for us programmers that means our coding. We should be striving to do everything in the name of Jesus – all for His Glory.
Give Our Best to God
Let’s say that you were making something for your wife. Would you do it carelessly without paying attention to details? No. You would sit down, plan and work on it careful so it turns out very good. How much more we should be striving to give our best to God when writing code!
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” – Colossians 3:23-24
We need to be writing code “heartily” – as to the Lord. We are not trying to impress men. We are trying to praise and serve our God with our talents.
Excel At What We Do
Giving our best can only go so far. When you don’t have much you can’t give much. This means that we need to be constantly growing and improving ourselves and what we do.
“Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.” – Proverbs 22:29
The majority of people deceive themselves into thinking that maturity and growth will come with time. That is a big myth. We need to intentionally work on ourselves. We need to research, experiment and improve what we are good at. God gave us a brain for a reason, He wants us to use it wisely and grow in our strengths.
So let us go serve the Lord with the talents He gave us and daily working on ourselves and our skills to give only the best to God.