Lessons From A Tech Fast

The tech fast is over so what have did I learn? As ever it was something about me that everyone else already knew. I worshiped false idols. There you go I admit it, or at the very least I had/have the tendency like most of the population of this planet to worship false idols. If one definition of an idol is something that takes our focus away from our God, then tech for me had become an idol. If I would rather turn on a tech podcast then open my Bible, and I did, then tech had become an idol for me. Tech had stopped being the tool to aid my growth in God, and had become the focus of my attention. It’s easier to hide a tech idol, then a car idol, or a football idol but it doesn’t make it any less an idol. It seems to me that I knew the difference between a tool and idol even before I started my fast. The parameters I set were if it’s not study or impacting my income then it was out the window. Moving forward something very similar is going to be my measuring stick, because even just a few days after the fast has ended I can hear the idol calling me back into worship.

With the removal of the big idol, I spent more time with God and reading his instruction book. The thing that came out of this was that I really should stop mucking about and commit. Here I am claiming to be a Christian, even claiming a calling on my life, but I was busy putting backup plans in all over the place. It goes something like this. I’ll commit to moving into full time ministry, but I’ll continue to study technology and build up my reputation as a know it all geek, just in case that doesn’t work out. It just lacks commitment. So that’s been slimmed down to just that which brings in my here and now income. I don’t think I’m alone with this problem, I know there are many of us grey Christians out there who have not really committed. It was brought home to me on the last weekend of my tech fast. We were away camping with some friends. A mate, who is not a Christian, and I were sat with a couple of very young children enjoying the sun and just chatting. One of us said something like “you shouldn’t believe everything you hear.” This was enough for young Luke he came straight back with, “if you don’t believe in God you will go to hell.” My heart sank, here was I with a friend who I would love to see make a commitment, and some toddler is telling him he is hell bound. I looked at my friend, who by now is wetting himself laughing and I said, “well that’s not the approach I would take Luke, but I guess it’s accurate.” Then it happened my friend made one of the most profound statements about Christian life that I have ever heard. “Why not?” He said, “If you really believed all that you say, you would be out there telling everyone.” Ouch, my witness to my friend was weak, because in his eyes I was not committed. So I don’t know about you but I am taking a lesson from a young boy and an older agnostic. There is no backup plan; my full commitment to a full life in Jesus starts here.