Why I Left Facebook and Why I Returned

Before continuing I want to add a disclaimer: This is not intended as a blanket instruction for all Christians, neither do I intend any judgment on those who may choose to do otherwise. You must do what you feel God is telling you to do specifically. This is what I felt He was teaching me.

In case you didn’t know, I have been vacant from Facebook for over a month because I had made the decision to delete my account. My main reason was because I no longer wanted to support them, despite the fact that, as some pointed out, I was still supporting others of obvious disrepute (such as Google). But I felt I had to start somewhere. I will readily admit, it’s hard to know where to draw the line in this age where everywhere you turn means you are supporting a company with questionable or clearly wicked values.

Another reason for getting off Facebook, and one that probably had more sway than it should have, was due to my dislike of social media in general. In this modern life it serves a purpose but I have many problems with it, namely that it boasts close relationships but delivers merely superficial exchanges. Needless to say, I was more than ready to see relationships take a turn for the better through more original means.

However, social media is too much a part of us and, as I said, in this day and age it serves a purpose, if still an inferior one.

So, after a while of being away from Facebook, when interactions became non-existent, I began to question whether it was the best choice after all.

The Lord began to put a burden on my heart.

These times are hard for everyone, and we need to be doing our Christian duty to the best of our ability, in regards to each other and the unsaved. As Paul said in Romans, we need to be encouraging and being encouraged (Romans 1:8-15 , and we need to be winning souls by spreading the gospel. And despite my loathing for today’s excuse for relational interactions, it is, after all, an outlet that Christians can use. Shouldn’t we then use it to the best of our ability?

Amir Tsarfati of Behold Israel, put it well when he said, “Staying in Facebook and YouTube is only so we can reach the unsaved world! We will stay until we get kicked out!”

I still hold to my previous convictions on not supporting Facebook, but I believe the opportunity to share what Christ is doing in my life, to hopefully be an encourager, and likewise, hearing from wiser, more mature believers, is more important at this time.

Does this mean I was wrong in leaving Facebook in the first place? Only God can say, but I think it was a valuable experience, one that God used to put into perspective perhaps a greater need.

To frame it accurately, these last few years have demanded a lot. I will be honest in saying I have done a great deal of praying and careful Scripture searching in regard to how to handle the hurdles in a God-honoring way we have had thrown at us.

I am still seeking His wisdom in these areas.

As I said, this is what the Lord put on my heart. Do you agree or disagree? Please feel free to share your own opinions!

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