With social media buzzing into everyday lives, it’s hard for individuals to detach themselves from the power of the internet. Unless it begins to ruin your relationship. And your spiritual life.
If you’re a steadfast churchgoer, then beware of Facebook. At least, that’s what one preacher believes. Rev. Cedric Miller of The Living Word Christian Fellowship Church made a strong ultimatum to his congregation: he ordered that the 50 married church officials delete their Facebook accounts or resign from their positions. Why? Because Facebook leads to adultery.
He bases his claim upon interaction with his congregation, stating that 20 married couples have run into marital problems because of Facebook. Within the past six months, these couples have experienced issues with spouses connecting with ex-flames over the Internet. Miller claims that a devil of lust and desire exists in social networking sites which weakens relationships and hurts marriages.
“I’ve been in extended counseling with couples with marital problems because of Facebook for the last year and a half,” he said. “What happens is someone from yesterday surfaces, it leads to conversations and there have been physical meet-ups. The temptation is just too great.”
The Rev. himself is married and has his own Facebook account which he claims that he uses to keep in touch with his six children. However, after making a firm demand of his church leaders he will be canceling his account.
Although his order is mandatory for church officials, he hopes that his message will spread to his congregation as well.
“The advice will go to the entire church,” he said. “They’ll hear what I’m asking of my church leadership. I won’t mandate it for the entire congregation, but I hope people will follow my advice.”
But what about the positive side of social networking? Miller acknowledges the importance behind promoting inspirational messages and events, but he still is not a fan.
“People use it as an opportunity to invite others to social gatherings, to share Scripture or talk about what went on at church,” he said. “Those are all positive, worthwhile things. But the downside is just too great.”