Can Facebook replace the church?

Facebook’s creator and sovereign Mark Zuckerberg said that his product can replace the church. He should really get out more.

He should also read the Bible more.

Unless he considers himself the Savior of All Mankind, Mr. Zuckerberg can never replace the Lord Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, who was sent by the Father to redeem people from sin. It was Christ’s sacrifice on the cross that created the church. The church is not a social club, but rather God’s assembly to spread out, united, across the world with a saving message.

Mr. Zuckerberg should also get away from his electronic devices more.

A really intimate relationship can only be sustained with physical presence. For example, marriages break down when the couple is separated for extended periods of time. Nothing can replace face-to-face interaction between people. That’s why churches must meet together regularly. Facebook can never come close to that.

So, despite the internet and social media, proximity matters.

Mr. Zuckerberg might be excused to a point, because he probably has seen only some poor imitations of the Lord’s church, if he’s seen anything at all. Those imitations are denominations, institutions, and hierarchies. Most of them, when they come together, are seated in rows facing a high priest of religion. They preserve creeds that congealed human theology. They protect special interests. They prize conformity to their rule and thus fail to deal well with failure. When competing with such as these, Facebook could probably give them a run for the money. (Pun intended.)

Another way in which Facebook could never come close to the Lord’s church: When his people are gathered together, the Lord is in their midst. The meal they eat together is communion. Their offerings are fellowship. They sing together. They pray and all say amen. They open the same word of God and live based upon his promises. Facebook will never bring us the blessing of God.

Facebook is all about showing self to the world or a select portion thereof. The church is about proclaiming Christ to the lost and celebrating the presence of God in its midst.

Somebody please help Mr. Zuckerberg come to terms with his delusion.

 

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J. Randal Matheny

Servant of the Lord at GoSpeak
Randal and his wife have lived and worked in Brazil since 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. Randal's a lefty, a chocolate lover, an author and a poet. His microblog is randal.us.

5 thoughts on “Can Facebook replace the church?

  1. Reminds me of when John Lennon said the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ. Fame and Fortune can make people spiritually nearsighted.

  2. You hit the nail on the head with your penultimate paragraph: “Facebook is all about showing self to the world or a select portion thereof. The church is about proclaiming Christ to the lost and celebrating the presence of God in its midst.” May we learn to humble ourselves and promote the one who saved us!

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