Facebook is actively seeking partnerships with churches under the guise that they want to develop tools, such as “faith-based prayer products”, to help “expand communication for religious groups.” This is the same Facebook whose CEO and employees donated hundreds of millions of dollars to steer the 2020 election towards the anti-Christian, socialist Democrats, and the same media platform which censors speech that doesn’t agree with the anti-Biblical sentiments of the political left. Facebook also has a long history of violating privacy rights, apologizing for the violations, then violating privacy all over again after their fake apologies.
The company’s nondenominational minister and director of global faith outreach, Nona Jones, has explained that their efforts to partner with churches is because they “want people to know that Facebook is a place where, when they do feel discouraged or depressed or isolated, that they could go to Facebook and they could immediately connect with a group of people that care about them.” Notice how her explanation of what Facebook wants is what churches have existed to do for 2,000 years. It kind of gives you a hint of what they’re really after. Churches have influence with people and it appears that Facebook covets such influence to use for their own nefarious purposes, considering how they have affected social lives and politics in recent years.
Facebook still expects to hold churches to their “Community Standards” when they “partner” with them. Those standards include intolerance of any “direct attack against people … on the basis of what we call protected characteristics: race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity and serious disease.” That just scratches the surface of what they dislike and one can easily see how churches could be censored for being pro-life, backing the biological truth of only two genders, or standing firmly with traditional marriage.
Rachel Bovard of the Conservative Partnership Institute has noted, “… Facebook is not values-neutral. Its ever evolving definitions of misinformation, hate speech, and imminent harm could easily put Facebook in the driver’s seat when it comes to curtailing both religious content and the reach of churches. … I would caution any church that makes Facebook key to its outreach. The platform can and will control the reach of content, altering and distorting it to fit their needs, not the needs of the church. Facebook doesn’t respect America’s First Amendment traditions, why would anyone expect Facebook to respect religious liberty?”
She’s spot on with her assessment. Knowing that people with shady ulterior motives would try to talk the church into being their partners in various situations is why Paul gave the Corinthian church the stark warning about being unequally yoked with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14-17). Churches that exercise spiritual discernment will most likely avoid the extensive partnership Facebook seeks. Betrayal of partnerships and agreements is what Facebook was founded on, so any church duped into the type of covenant Facebook seeks may eventually get a bite in the butt for their efforts.