Fasting in a Social Network World

The first of the year is a popular time for churches to call a fast.

I believe that fasting is scriptural.

I also think that scripture is clear about how we are to go about fasting.

"When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you" (Matthew 6:16-18).

I believe if Matthew 6:16-18 were written today it may read something like this..

"When you fast from Twitter, facebook or blogging, do not announce it to the world via a status update as the hypocrites do, for they tweet, blog and facebook about how long they will be off line so that all may know they are fasting. If they are fasting a certain food, and not social networking, they like to use their social networks to tell us how much they miss that food or drink and how hard it is to be without it. I do not lie when I say, they have all the reward they are gonna have when they receive comments on their status update, receive a retweet or access their blog stats and see a rise in their traffic count. But this is how you should fast, don't make it obvious.  Have some blog post scheduled for while you are fasting,give a friend your facebook log in and have them post a poll or a picture occasionally while you are fasting, do what you can to make it where no one knows you are fasting, only your father, he sees what is done when no one else is looking, he will reward you".

I am very guilty of NOT fasting as scripture tells us too. In this social network world that we now live in, I have been a hypocrite and a Pharisee.

Comments

Joyce said…
Your right Carole about this.
It's not easy to fast in the first place, I always thought this was to be "between you & God" & that your not supposed to really speak about it or even look like your doing it...but now everyone announces this any way they can.."I'm on a fast" etc, etc on Facebook, or Twitter or whatever...as if they are dying as martyrs.

This new "media fasting" thing is interesting. I heard a radio preacher speak on it the other day that all Christians need to do this for 3-7 days at least & I too was highly convicted...

We had a friend on Facebook the other day write that they were on a "21 day fast...no computer, no food, no SEX" & all kinds of other things. Listed it all out for us...TMI/creepy/visual & a bit arrogant.
I agree that these things must be kept in private between God & ourselves...but I guess we like to "look & sound holy."
BTW I will be "fasting" on Monday & Tuesday..only because I'm having a medical proceedure...HA! Nothing churchy about that.
daphne said…
Have you seen my recent fb status updates? Well, there was that one because my phone was blowing up at work so I posted a fb update.

So while I did not announce staying away from fb, I have told lots of people I'm going to attempt the 21 day Awakening fast. In the past, I tried to keep it secret & felt everyone I came into contact with wanted to feed me then was upset when I would not eat. I am talking about it in an attempt to get support. I mean, even after telling my husband he will bring me donuts or my favorite fast foods. I told my workplace because there will be 3 birthdays during my fast & besides the cakes, food is brought in almost daily.

I struggled with being public about it but I also did not complete the last few fasts I attempted. It's hard enough to feed my kids 2-3 times a day & not eat. I'm hoping by making the people I'm in daily contact with aware, I may get more support than sabatouge.

As far as tweeting about it, I'll try to keep it to praises & encouragements instead of whines. ; )
Grace & Peace, Daphne