Terri Jo Rayn in the Waco Tribune:
They say the first step toward recovery is admitting there’s a problem.
And Greg Garrett, Episcopal lay preacher and Baylor University professor, admits he has an addiction that threatens his walk with his God: Facebook.
The ubiquitous five-year-old social networking site, with an estimated 175 million users, “is the biggest distraction to my observance of a holy Lent,” he said. “It’s turned into an excuse to do anything other than what I ought to be doing.”
So as of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, he’s reclaiming his low-tech spiritual life by going on an “e-fast” for the 40-day penitential season of Lent.
One can acknowledge that Professor Garrett has made a wise personal choice, while still wondering whether the numerous people who loudly proclaim that they are going off-line for Lent aren’t blaming technology for personal failings. No?