Update November 2017 – I have a Facebook account again. Right now I believe this conviction was for the season I was in & not permanent like I thought it should be. I tend to naturally be all or nothing, so in the moment it felt like it was a permanent “divorce”. At this point I think that if it doesn’t cause me to sin & I feel released to have one, it is ok. If I am being disobedient I pray God will show me & convict me!
I wanted to share my story of permanently deleting my Facebook account in case it can encourage anyone else who may be struggling with a conviction about having it.
I doubt everyone needs to break up with Facebook & I’m not suggesting you should. It may not be a pitfall for you. It was a disrupter of peace for my husband & it was truly a snare of sin for me! It took several breakups over the years… some short & some long to realize that to be obedient I had to divorce myself from it.
1 Peter 4:7 says, “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.” I don’t understand all the psychology & spiritual warfare behind it, but Facebook was a form of idolatry, disrupted my peace, caused major friendship insecurities, caused self focus, stoked my ego, & stole my time to name a few. This clearly was not me living sober-minded, self-controlled & my prayers were being hindered! What a waste of this life!!!
In the end I realized that the Lord convicted me to leave. By staying I was living in disobedience. The Lord used the verse in 1 Samuel about “obedience is better than sacrifice” to show me that I had been breaking up with Facebook as an act of sacrifice rather than divorcing it as an act of obedience. Immediately after obeying Him, I started noticing some significant blessings in my life. My spiritual peace & joy returned. I don’t have any paranoid thoughts about who likes me or if what I posted made someone judge me. I have the emotional & mental space to be creative & do things like write blog posts again. More gets done around my home. I feel like a new person!
1 Thessalonians 4:11 is profitable advice that applied to Facebook in my own life, “…aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you…”