“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I know I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first – rock & roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.” – John Lennon, 1966
People have been predicting the end of our Church for a long time. All were wrong: Nero, Attila, Hitler, Stalin and so forth.
People usually make this prediction when they have achieved great success in the eyes of the secular world: money, popularity, influence, power and so forth. My experience is that people who have acquired such attributes are tempted to feel a bit, well, god-like.
The latest person to unveil this god complex is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. At a conference in Chicago (my fair city) last week, he said, “It’s so striking that for decades, membership in all kinds of groups has declined as much as one-quarter. That’s a lot of people now need to find a sense of purpose and support somewhere else.”
Surprise; he thinks the somewhere else is Facebook. He suggests (and I have to admit this is positive) that people connected in meaningful ways to others have a greater sense of purpose and give more to charity. I’m just not convinced that Facebook connects people in a meaningful way.
Facebook and its ilk are called “social” media, not “deeply spiritual, life-changing, salvation-producing” media. But after 13 years of spectacular growth, a movie of his life story and a few billions in the bank, Zuckerberg likely is feeling rather almighty.
The Fab Four (Beatles) had dozens of hit songs, but nothing to compare with Mathew, Mark, Luke and John.
Facebook has reached billions of people. But it never raised anyone from the dead. It never promised eternal salvation (and it can’t). And I’m willing to bet nobody will remember it in 100 years, let alone a couple millennia, as in the case of Christ.
Our culture idolizes the worldly successful. He who dies with the most toys wins it seems.
Truth is, social media are weak and powerless compared to the son God. He is the only one you can “friend” to get to heaven.