For the month of January a bunch of pastors and their churches went on s 21-day fast. Right now I have pastor friends that are on the Daniel fast. While I admire pastors who fast from food…and see huge spiritual advantages for doing so…what most pastors need today is to fast from…technology.
I truly believe that the onslaught of social media, constant barrage of text messages, unlimited interruptions by email and the perpetual buzzing of a cell phone…has created such a wall of sound in our lives…that we can no longer can hear from God. In the 21st Century the quest for food is no longer the driving force that pulls us from our quest for God. What pulls us from our quest for God is the quest for…connectivity. We get distracted from connecting with God to connect with our families through texting, our friends through Facebook and the world through Twitter. We allow our churches to pay for retreats, conferences and events for us to connect with God…yet commit the sin of poor stewardship by spending the entire time with our thumbs flailing on the smartphone keyboard. We stand in the pulpit and declare that God has given us a vision and word…yet we never actually hear it because we fail to shut off the computer, smartphone, e-reader or electronic tablet. We lay awake in fear at night worrying if we are leading our congregations down the wrong road…but not in enough fear to block out the beeps, buzzes, ring tones and pop-up screens.
In the 21st Century less people in America are going to church…and more are going to Hell. Church leaders…it might be time to put away the Daniel fast…start using the Apple/Android/Windows fast…and really hear what God wants us to do for His Kingdom.