still and know that I am God.
repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your
the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn
to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God for he will
REVOLUTIONIZE YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE?
Participate in a 10 day media fast
WHAT IS A MEDIA FAST?
A media fast is a conscious, intentional choice to take
a break from electronic medias intrusion into our life. This includes
television, radio, movies, videos, CDs, tapes, records, the Internet,
computer games, video games, etc. Participating in a media fast means
choosing, for a specified period of time, to avoid these forms of data
input. Yes, that's rightalthough you may have first encountered
information about this event through some form of media such
as radio or the Internet, the event itself is inviting to tune out the
very source by which you connected. No doubt this probably strikes you
as a pretty radical and revolutionary idea.
The fast is not primarily about what is being abstained
from, however. It is really about freeing up time, energy and attention
to devote to the most noble pursuit of God and family. Unless
the time spent on media is replaced by positive spiritual pursuits,
it might result in something like Jesus' parable in Luke 11:24-26.
WHY A MEDIA FAST?
Consider the following statistics:
Among church going families, teens and fathers average
two minutes of personal time together daily.
Aside from church folks, the average American father
spends 45 seconds a day in meaningful conversation with his children.
The average American spends seven hours a day watching
television and a staggering total of 3,100 hours per year consuming
Todays average 25 year old has already seen
2 million ads on TV.
Take this challenge: For one week, keep track of how much
time you spend watching, listening or interacting with all the various
forms of electronic media. Next, ask yourself how your life would be
different if for that week the time had been devoted instead
to prayer, Bible study and family. Want to know for sure what would
have happened? Why not find out for yourself by actually making the
switch for 10 days? You will probably find your spiritual sights being
refocused in a powerfully positive way.
Just as some people choose to fast from food for a time
with the intention of clearing their minds to more clearly discern the
still, small voice of the Holy Spirit, this event seeks the same goal
through a different venue.
IS MEDIA BAD?
No, media is not inherently bad. As a form of communication,
media is morally neutral. It can be used for good or evil. Some media
content is inherently positive and uplifting. Other content is destructive
and damaging. The medias impact on us is determined by nature
of the content and the length of exposure.
In excess, even good things can become detrimental. Food,
for example is good. But if we eat to much, food becomes detrimental
to our health. Vitamins are necessary for life. Eat too much and they
become toxic to the body. The choice to fast from food for the sake
of spiritual discipline does not mean that food is bad. Neither is the
choice to fast from media suggesting that all media is evil.
WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?
FAST the conscious choice to abstain from all forms
of electronic media even that which is spiritual in nature such as
christian television, christian radio and electronic forms of religious
FAST the conscious choice to abstain from all forms
of secular content in media while still enjoying spiritually oriented
FAST a minimal participation which fasts only from that
which we know to be less than ideal for us. This might mean, for instance,
choosing not to watch certain movies and not listening to certain
music while still watching the news and consuming some spiritually
WHICH SHOULD I CHOOSE?
You are welcome to participate at any level you choose
or not at all. Prior to the media fast experienced by the members of
the St. Helena Seventh-day Adventist Church, the pastor encouraged everyone
to try the total media fast. Most chose this option. This is not suggesting
that spiritual forms of media are negative in any wayjust that
they are not necessary for spiritual communion with God. The patriarchs,
prophets and apostles needed no such media in order to discern Gods
voice more clearly. Is it possible that we might find it easier to hear
God's voice with the same clarity they did if our minds were focused
on personal participation in prayer, singing and Bible study instead
of vicariously enjoying someone else's spiritual experience as communicated
through media? The person fasting from spiritual media can choose to
make a joyful noise instead of listening religious music and choose
to read their Bible personally rather than hearing/seeing it read or
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?
Just do it. A group of members of the St. Helena Seventh-day
Adventist Church participated in the media fast for ten days from Sunday,
January 12, 2003 to Tuesday, January 21, 2003. The spiritual impact
of the media fast was dramatic. Because of this we're encouraging every
read of this web page to try it for themselves. You may find yourself
so blessed spiritually that your choices regarding media are permanently
If you decide to go on a total media fast, dont
fall into the trap of feeling that you are more spiritually enlightened
than others who participate at a lower level of the fast
or don't participate at all. An attitude of spiritual superiority will
surely kill any potential spiritual benefit you might derive from the
If your employment involves some form of media dont
consider it a contradiction to fulfill your work duties and fast afterwards.
This media fast is primarily directed at our discretionary time.
HOW CAN I BEST USE MY NEWLY FOUND TIME?
During the media fast, to give some assistance in using
all that newly found time which was previously being devoted to media
consumption, the St. Helena Seventh-day Adventist Church provided some
spiritual activities to serve as resources. Each morning during the
fast (January 12 - 22, 2003) from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., the church
fireside room was open for those who desired to start their day fellowshipping
in group conversational and/or intercessory prayer. Each evening from
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., we did an inductive
Bible study on the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Both of these events
proved to be a tremendous blessing to those who participated.
If you want to spend time in the Bible but don't know
how or where to start, consider devoting some time to the gospels. Start
with the gospel of John and read it at a leisurely pace. Give your mind
plenty of time to mull over what you encounter in the stories of Jesus'
interaction with people. Allow Jesus' life to shape your concept of
the heavenly Father whom He revealed with complete accuracy and perfection.
Learning to enjoy meaningful time in prayer is a journey.
Try allowing your prayers to center around praise and thanksgiving.
If you need some help identifying things to praise God for, try turning
to the psalms and let your heart be directed by the psalms of praise.
If you are a parent with children at home, consider spending
more time in meaningful conversation and activities with them.
If you would like to try doing a media fast, our pastor
and church elders will be happy to lift up a prayer on your behalf for
the Lord's rich blessing in your life. Just fill out the form below
or email the pastor directly