I made a decision about 3 weeks ago to delete my Facebook account. That is right, I said “delete”, not deactivate. There is a difference between the two. To deactivate your Facebook account is to essentially take a break from it for a while, knowing that as soon as you log back in. all your information returns as if you had never left. I have deactivated my account before, this time I deleted it. That means that my page, info, pictures, videos, likes, 1000+ “friends” are ALL gone!
This has been a personal decision 6 months in the making. It was actually a hard decision for me. Facebook has become such a great way to stay connected to friends that I have made over the years from college to serving churches all across the country. I love sharing what God is doing in my life, His church and in my family. I love seeing the posts of how He is working and moving in your lives as well. It was a sad idea to think of losing contact with so many friends.
With that being said, I have been REALLY convicted about my involvement with Facebook and my time in front of the screens we place before us each day. 3 weeks ago, I knew that God was giving me clear direction to delete my account. I decided to do so for several reasons. Let me share.
- DISAPPOINTMENT: As much As I love reading encouraging verses, posts about what God is doing and accomplishing in His people’s lives,I found the problem with my Facebook is that I am seeing A LOT less of these sorts of posts. I don’t see scripture being posted, and if I do, it is usually taken out of context or used to prove a selfish point. I see a lot of hate, gossip, bitterness, arguing, and me -centered posts. Almost every time I pushed away from my computer after spending time perusing Facebook statuses and profiles left me primarily with a feeling of disappointment. Most of the conversation was pointless, fruitless, discouraging, not God honoring, and petty. I am surrounded in this world with plenty of that, I don’t need to spend time pumping it into my head if I don’t have to. Paul’s words in Philippians 4:8 would constantly come to mind as I was using Facebook.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
- TIME: My life has to count. We have all been given a bank account of time on this earth, to fulfill the call from our Lord and Savior. We have been given an incredibly simple, poignant, and intentional call.
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:16-20
We have, in Christ, the answer to world’s greatest need and it is our call to make disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus. I am not guaranteed another minute on this earth and there are people all around who are lost. My life has to be intentional and on purpose for the gospel. This is my long-winded way of saying, “I don’t want to waste any more time.”
The average American spends 40 minutes a day on Facebook. That is nearly 5 hours a week in front of the computer playing Farmville, gossiping, looking at pictures, cyber stalking someone, posting a selfie, etc…. I cannot help but wonder what the church would look like should we spend that same amount of time in the Word of God. I have to believe, it would change the face of the church.
I wonder how many people sit down to study the bible and find themselves distracted and pulled away by browsing Facebook.
- PRIVACY: I have been growing more and more concerned about the technology in my life and privacy issues. The more and more I read about what is being recorded, tracked, and watched online…….it is simply frightening.
You may have been happy you didn’t post that one over-share about your extended trip to the bathroom the other day, but Facebook may have a record of exactly what you typed and what time you were about to publish it. This month, Facebook released a study revealing that they were undergoing a new type of data collection in which they were tracking when people typed content out and then removed it without publishing. Their mission is to understand why users “self-censor” themselves in updates. According to Facebook data scientist Sauvik Das, a “self-censored update” is “an entry into either [a status update or comment box] of more than five characters that was typed out but not submitted for at least the next 10 minutes.” (Huffington Post)
I BELIEVE FACEBOOK HAS BECOME GOD TO SO MANY PEOPLE. When God commands that we have no other god’s before Him He doesn’t mean ranked higher than Him, but rather He means in His presence. If Facebook is too needful for you, you may need to stop. (Sproul) The bible says where a person’s treasure is, their heart will be also. (Luke 12:34) I also believe one of the best indicators of what is truly important to us is where we spend our time. Let that sink in and simmer for a minute? How much time do you spend with a screen of some sort in front of your face? How much time do you spend in prayer? In the Word? With your family? Doing the work of the gospel? have we set up before us a temple to the god of technology?
3 weeks….. I have been Facebook free and I have no regrets.
Please understand that I am not saying it is wrong for you to be on Facebook, this is simply a personal decision that I am sharing. Your experience may be much different from mine.
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