Taking a Break from Social Media

This past Sunday at Cornerstone I shared from Romans 12:2 about getting God’s best for our lives. It happens when we surrender our best to him. God’s best isn’t about health, wealth, or prosperity for us, it’s about us walking and living life with the guidance and direction of the God who created us and who loves us. I left everyone with a pretty big challenge at the end of the service. If we really want to hear God clearly, then what do we need to clear out of the way. I challenged everyone to take a media fast for at least 3 days just to listen to God’s still small voice. This world pulls us hard away from the God we serve, so it’s good to truly let God transform the way we think by turning off all the distractions.

The response I got after church was amazing. I heard a lot of excuses and a lot of reasons why people couldn’t really let go of everything. I also had several people ask me to let them know what they could and couldn’t do. Why am I not surprised that most people would rather have a list of what they can and can’t do. We are drawn to rules and regulations because it isĀ easierĀ that way. We don’t have to think about what we should do and shouldn’t do when we have a list pre-made for us. I think that is why legalism still is popular in churches today. But I wanted the media fast to be personal for each person who was listening. What is causing distractions in your life? Whatever it is, get rid of it and simply listen to God.

As for me, I’ve enjoyed disconnecting from Facebook, Twitter, TV, and Google Reader for a few days. I’ve even left my blog alone for the most part, although I did want to share this update. I really want to make a “technology fast” part of my monthly routine. I don’t think I even realized how much time it was stealing each day. Since Sunday, I have played more with my kids and had a lot more free time to read and study and relax. We are called to be separate from this world we live in, and slowing down and taking a break from all the noise in our lives helps us stay connected to Christ who gives us the strength to stand firm in this crazy world.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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