Fasting in a Social Network World
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.