Facebook: The New Church

July 21, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is trying to fill the role that the church “used” to fill.

From Forbes Magazine:

On stage on Thursday at Facebook’s first Community Summit, a gathering in Chicago of leaders from 120 different Facebook Groups, Zuckerberg unveiled Facebook’s updated purpose: “Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.”

I am sure he’s well-meaning, and many of his observations are accurate. It’s ironic that the screen generation experiences the isolation of which he speaks, in part, because of screen time. Also, Mark’s motive to bring communities together is not a terrible motive.

The church, though, is not a club. The church is not “playing a role”. The church is one of the foundational creations of the Holy One. It came centuries before Facebook showed up, and it will last in some form or another for eternity. Facebook will soon no longer be a even a memory.

Mark Zuckerberg has a point. Our social interactions are corrupt and decrepit. It is better for people to meet together in mutually beneficial ways than a lot of what we see now. A group or club can provide some sense of commonality and connection. That part is true.

But if you are a part of a “church” that is primarily a social club, it is empty and devoid of substance. Any group can provide what that kind of “church” provides.

No, the true followers of the Holy One have something much deeper. It is life to life, heart to heart connection and relationship. We share a living hope. We share eternal life.

Facebook has nothing to do with eternal life. It surely cannot save you from yourself, and may contrarily be utilized to mask over your internal deficiencies and sin.


There is a difference between Christ followers being together, and being together as Christ followers, sharing the deepest issues and needs of the human heart. And, of course, worship of the Anointed One, the Messiah.

I imagine Facebook fills some of the void that people’s lives carry, but it’s a superficial thing. It will never meet the deepest needs of human experience. Where the Church has failed in this, and copied the world’s ways, to this extent the blame for today’s woes lies there – with the Church.

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