Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to Replace Churches, Really?
June 27, 2017
As a Christian or simply as a parent, will you allow Mark Zuckerberg to make Facebook a replacement for church or extracurricular activities for children like Little League? It is really up to users whether this succeeds or not, but the social media mogul seems to be certain that it is a realistic goal for his company. What Zuckerberg misses is that church is not supposed to be a social club where communities just “get together”. The Church is the body of Christ. It is a place of worship unto a holy God. There is a very serious spiritual component of the church attending experience which he doesn’t address because he doesn’t understand it. A church is not supposed to be just a building where people “hang out”. There is power in the gathering of the saints on one accord in Jesus name. Facebook continues to censor Jesus and biblical truths so while Zuckerberg may be able to replace a church building, he will never substitute the true, glorious Church. Jesus’ bride!
In his recent quest to “bring communities together” through Facebook and social media, Mark Zuckerberg laid out his goal in a Chicago speech last week that suggested Americans are in need of something to unify their lives. He was quoted in a CNBC.com report:
“It’s so striking that for decades, membership in all kinds of groups has declined as much as one-quarter,” he said during a rally for Facebook users who’ve built large community-support groups on the site. “That’s a lot of of people who now need to find a sense of purpose and support somewhere else.”
He added, “People who go to church are more likely to volunteer and give to charity — not just because they’re religious, but because they’re part of a community.” Zuckerberg thinks Facebook can help, using its networking power to organize people.
“A church doesn’t just come together. It has a pastor who cares for the well-being of their congregation, makes sure they have food and shelter. A little league team has a coach who motivates the kids and helps them hit better. Leaders set the culture, inspire us, give us a safety net, and look out for us.”
Zuckerberg is pushing to use Facebook’s artificial intelligence algorithm to make the site even better at organizing online communities.
“We started a project to see if we could get better at suggesting groups that will be meaningful to you. We started building artificial intelligence to do this. And it works. In the first 6 months, we helped 50% more people join meaningful communities.”
Bringing people closer together is so important that “we’re going to change Facebook’s whole mission to take this on,” Zuckerberg said in Chicago.
CNBC.com content / TRUNEWS contribution.