Jordan J. Ballor
December 7, 2015
In His encounter with the rich young man, Jesus offered a Biblical model for stewarding Mark Zuckerberg-type wealth.
Thanks for this sober "benefit of the doubt" piece, Jordan. We're always so quick to judge the motives of the wealthy, aren't we? The fact of the matter is, if there's one thing Zuckerberg has proven about himself, it's that he's fearlessly shrewd. Who can fault a guy like that for believing (probably correctly) that he can better direct the use of his philanthropic funds than anyone else could?
Reading your post, I couldn't help thinking of Jesus' parable in Luke 16. It's not a perfect parallel to what's going on here, but verse 9 seems so appropriate:
"I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings."
I'm neither pro nor con as to what Zuckerberg and his wife have done. All other things being equal, it's their money and they will use it as they decide.
Having said that, I would also note that from all appearances, they haven't done anything yet. Nothing. OK, they took something from one of their pockets and put it into another of their pockets. That's not a bad thing, or a good thing. It's no-thing.
Given the no-thing that has happened, I do understand why some call this a publicity stunt. It kind of is, or maybe it certainly is. I don't say that to criticize but to describe. They've done nothing except to say that on the future, they are going to do good things with most of their wealth. That's good I suppose, but a lot of wealthy people do that (as do many who are not so wealthy), sans the PR announcement. Actually, I've intended to do that all my life, Kuyperian that I am, and I think I have for the most part, although with much, much less wealth, and without the announcement or press events.
Perhaps the phase,"much ado about nothing" can best describe all of this. :-)
The fine print, they created a LLC to transfer the funds thus they will keep full control and may hire themselves to run the fund.
The major part of his charity should go to helping and healing the millions of human beings currently addicted to social media, wasting their time and lives on Facebook, without having access to professional help and cure.
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