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Facebook is on a Mission but not from God


John Corbitt was kind enough to share a link to a story about Facebook and “dumb phones”.

for it’s vital perspective relative to this post, you can read that story, here: Facebook focus on app for dumb phones is very smart.

I had several thoughts as I worked through the piece. but, that which managed to fire my imagination was how this secular effort is corollary to religious missions.

apparently the emerging objective, in terms of the big race for our collective souls, is to get “the word”, depending upon the interpretation, into the collective hands, heads and hearts of the “unreached”. that would be defined as people in China, India, and remote regions of the planet. they number in the billions, and are evidently more open-minded. or, perhaps they are just less sophisticated, and thusly more “programmable”. from a church planting or secular business plan and a return on investment (“ROI”), going after the “unreached” makes both strategic and financial sense.

so, it’s interesting (to me, any way) that Facebook and other forms of religion have similar global strategies.

oh yes I did say that!

and, the above referenced article said:

You can expect other app makers to at least ponder the feature phone route because the numbers are huge. Facebook is thinking world domination and you need feature phones to get there. Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi has highlighted the need for non-3G devices. In fact, “white box” phone makers are gaining share in the mobile phone race as they churn out commodity phones. That’s only going to continue. Facebook gets it: The real growth may be in the dumb phones.

Tim Barker, a full-on Christian fellow that I’m coaching (and, someone I consider both smart and heroic) has a pretty solid plan to make “giving” more efficient and productive. he  says:

We prayed “God bless America” and He did. Now even in these difficult times we are still the wealthiest nation of all History. If we would now give 10% of our current giving resources to worlds poorest spiritually and physically and to these Top 10 that ministries with their current results it would fulfill the great commission! The WCT research proves that this group, the worlds poorest spiritually and physically are the most receptive to the most valuable gift we can offer in meeting both these needs, Jesus Christ.

“Ron Blue has said that 80% of the evangelical wealth in the Church today is in America and it’s enough to fulfill the great commission”.

If we achieved this, that is giving 10% of all Christian resources to the top 10 ministries by results (not size) it would complete the Great Commission. Here’s the math.

10% of $270 billion = $27 billion and this is enough to provide funding not just to one but to 3-4 of the top nine list for each of the worlds remaining lost and poorest in one year. I did the very simple math for this. $27bill / 4billion people equal $6.75 a person to work with.

For that we evangelize and disciple all 4 billion while also providing clean drinking water.

Each of these people could hear the gospel ($3 each), go through the Bible (.53 each) and be in a discipleship program (.04cents) and get clean drinking water (.20 cents) for a year. This still only equals to $3.77 a person.

The remainder of $2.98 a person will not feed them a year or the whole 10% at $6.75 a person. If we gave the worlds poorest ALL the annual Churches Giving/tithes of $270 bill a year and if you divide that by 4 billion poorest and lost people, it still only equates to $67.5 a person a year or .20 cents a day. At that we know it’s not enough to keep them alive.

okay… pulling the lines-of-thought, as defined by business/ technology/ Facebook and religion together, in an herculean effort to make my point, here, this is fine by me providing the various app developers and faiths don’t use their extremist beliefs like blunt-edged weapons as we’re witnessing in Egypt, for example. and, most of you are aware of my feelings about Facebook. if not, read the following, just so we are clear on the matter: facebook is proof we have a Problem. do it!

I’ve observed, in turn, how Middle School girls can use Facebook to torment one another. that platform also adds another barrier to more simplified communication (like talking to one another or writing things in long-hand) and creates unusual body image issues (many kids doctor their images and pretend at things that are debatable in terms of value or appropriate).

and, we see daily how the “big three” religions have historically interpreted both the face and the words of God for their own purposes.

Would you just love to have representatives from each religion debate in a global forum with God himself the moderator?

just think, with a dumb phone in their eager hands, we can now tweet the word of God to the veritable masses. or thanks to the Facebook site you have the option to “friend” them. and, if they don’t comply just turn of their service (or, have an Angel call them).

if you are an evangelical Christian this now means that remote denizen has been exposed to the word of (the Christian) God (referred to as being “witnessed”), so he or she better capitulate, or be damned (you are now defined as an “evangelized non-Christian” – which sounds dire [I hope they never RFDID Tag for that]). I’m not clear how that is different from extremist Muslims beheading women for not waring face coverings. although another extremist recruiting method is yelling really loud and brandishing scimitars. but, we’ll tackle that elsewhere.

…I’m just saying….

I am not insufferable.

I can see it. and, I care about it. all of it.

God created my heart. and, he knows it better than even myself.

My own Haley Anne is on Facebook. I despise it. I refuse to use Facebook. but, I’m on my toes and vigilant. things can change. I have to lead by example with my own open-mind. and, I’m counting on good men like Tim Barker to lead us, all of us towards investing in any organization that help our Brothers and Sisters of any faith live better and authentic lives.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


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