January 5, 2011

(Or why I had to leave Facebook.)

"Throw away whatever gets in the way..."

What is "evil"? What is "sin"? What is "bad" or "wrong"?

Anything that gets in the way of me worshipping God, following Him, and living for Him.

In the past, I had to burn my dearest comic books. Emotionally, financially, psychologically, they were dearest to my heart. And that is why they had to go --- I needed to discard my childhood heroes so I can finally give my heart to the Almighty One.

Comic books are not in themselves evil, are they? In my case, it came to that point --- they were "pulling" me away from Him, and I had to make a choice.

Four years later, I am completely rehabilitated from comics. I can enjoy them disinterestedly; they can even inspire me to the point that I am reminded of God Himself. As far as I can tell, I am no longer in danger of an unhealthy addiction to comic books.

But it is no surprise that other false gods beckon. Is it part of the enemy's schemes? My weakness? A test from Him?

Do the reasons really matter as much as my making sure that He's No. 1?

Today I deactivated my Facebook account. It's not that much of a deal for me, since all my files and information are preserved and I can reactivate my account any time I choose. But on the other hand, it is a big deal; I mingle with my FB friends on a near-daily basis, and even when I log out I am updated of their actions. The two-way silence will take some getting used to.

Facebook is not evil in itself, is it? Yesterday in particular, I found that I am increasingly being affected by the increasingly mundane. Drowning in a sea of people's voices, should I even wonder why I don't hear Him as often?

Plus, even if I share about God via Facebook, ultimately I would be dishonoring Him if I don't do what He is specifically calling me to do.

So, goodbye Facebook, and goodbye Facebook friends. I'll be back... but first things first: His presence, His voice, His will. Amen.


Footnote: Ei, I'm back on FB. The story continues here. :)


  1. Lauren Kvalvik8:40 PM

    I really like this post. It's exactly true- ANYTHING we put before God is an idol. It's so nice to see someone from a different church, a different culture, someone I don't KNOW, coming to the same revelations from scripture that I do.

  2. Thanks for your comment Lauren :) Indeed, One God, One Word, One Spirit :)