Lately I have been wondering what it means to retreat from or give up on all the technology for awhile. It seems that my life as a digital disciple ebbs and flows. There are times when I feel like I am connected non-stop. I am in full share mode. Share my life. Share my ministry. Share the gospel. It is great to be connected that way, but it is also hard. It takes time. It takes time to get caught up on what is going on in the digital world. It takes time to process the events going in my life and ministry so that I can accurately share them.
And then there are times when I just don’t. I don’t check twitter. I don’t check facebook. My blog reader has hundreds of unread blogs. I don’t want to share. I haven’t spent the time to process what is going on. I can’t or won’t condense it into status updates. The flesh and bone life is all that I can handle, the digital life gets put on hold.
This has been the case lately. My family and I have moved to a new city. My husband and I have started new jobs. Every few days I check in with the digital world. But mostly I have been off the grid.
I ask these questions because if I truly am trying to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and witness through the online world then what happens when I am silent? When you read through the Bible and especially the Psalms there are constant prayers for the wicked and evil to remain silent. It is a punishment to be silenced. In the places where there is silence there is no praise of God. For example Psalm 8:2, “Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.”
Not everything that I post online can be called praise of God. Not everything that I say is either. But the online world comes with an intentionality that the flesh and bone world often does not. It goes back the processing. I am careful to say the right thing as clearly and succinctly as possible online. Should I not then be thinking about whether each post expresses praise for God? Should I worry when I have not intentionally taken the time to praise instead of be silenced?
I know that we all need a break. A retreat is in order for all of us at one time or another. But at the same time I need to be using every medium I have as much as I can as a witness to the goodness of God. So maybe I don’t catch up on my blogs, twitterverse news, or all the status updates of facebook friends. However, I need to remind myself to be an agent of praise. To be a witness. To be a disciple. In all of the ways possible.