Joshua Harris and Facebook, part 2
August 25, 2007, 12:13 pm
Filed under: culture

Two entries ago I wrote about becoming a friend of Joshua Harris on Facebook. Well, he lasted exactly one week on Facebook before deciding to quit Facebook altogether. He writes about his reasons why on his personal blog on August 24 in an entry entitled “My One and Only Week on Facebook” His thoughts and confessions in the entry are pretty challenging. Here are some excerpts, if you don’t want to read the whole thing :

First, I just don’t have enough self-control not to check my page constantly. In one week I saw what many of you warned me about: it’s addictive. I found myself tempted to update my “status” every five minutes. “Joshua Harris is walking across his office. Joshua Harris sitting in his office chair. Joshua Harris is wasting valuable time describing what he is doing.”…
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The other reason I feel right about making my time with Facebook just a visit is a little harder to explain. How do I put this? I found that it encouraged me to think about me even more than I already do–which is admittedly already quite a bit. Does that make any sense? Without any help from the internet I’m inclined to give way too much time to evaluating myself, thinking about myself and wondering what other people think of me. If that egocentrism is a little flame, than Facebook for me is a gasoline IV feeding the fire. I need to grow in self-forgetfulness. I need to worry more about what God is thinking of me. I need to be preoccupied with what he’s written in his word, not what somebody just wrote on my “wall.”

Thanks, Joshua, for being open and honest and Godward. I think about Hebrews 12:1 “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
Now, he doesn’t condemn Facebook altogether, but confesses that, knowing his own heart, he doesn’t think it’s helpful for him. Will I follow suit? I know I face similar temptations that he does/did…Where will the Lord bring me on this?

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