A few months back, the Christian Chronicle featured an editorial entitled, “Will Facebook kill the church?”. As a member of the church myself, I felt that the author of the article did not really grasp what the “church” really is and should be. I wrote a letter to the editor in rebuttal to the article, but as they have not yet published it (two issues have come out since then), I will publish it here on The Blog Testament for the world to read and argue with me. Enjoy!

Facebook is the church

In a recent editorial entitled “Will Facebook kill the church?” (May 2010), the author responds to growing concern over the power that social networking has over “church attendance.” One of the main precepts of modern Christianity (one that surprisingly comes straight from the Bible) is that the church is the body of believers, not a building. To say that Facebook and other social networking sites are aiding in the decline of church attendance is actually opposite of reality.

Before Facebook, Twitter, blogs and the like, members of the church would meet together once or twice a week, unless they were closer friends in which case they might call on the phone or visit one or two more times per week. As more and more members of the church join social networking sites, it allows the “true church” to attend to each other not just once or twice a week, but several times every day.

No longer do we go through the regular social niceties and shallow small talk of weather, sports and gossip. Now, we are privy to the true concerns of the body: we see daily the heartfelt prayers, concerns, petitions, celebrations, and praise of the rest of the body. We know instantly if there is a problem with a member of the body who needs to be lifted up. We can see if someone is struggling with sin and needs the help of the church. For once in our modern life, the church is actually behaving like a body.

Facebook is not killing the church, it is breathing new life into it that has been missing since the dawn of the Industrial Age its accompanying large urban cities. We are witness to a glorious new dawn insomuch that the “church” is not contained in a single building once or twice a week, but rather is fluid, mobile, borderless, and constant. Church attendance should not be measured only between 10 o’clock and noon on Sunday mornings, but rather, how the body interacts on a consistent, daily basis. Perhaps the question we should be asking is, “Are buildings killing the church?”
Ryan G. Corcoran
Wichita, Kansas

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