ACCORDING TO THE PUNDITS in the 24 hour news cycle and people addicted to Twitter, there was a major confrontation between the infidels of Google and the entire Christian faith a couple of days ago. The cause of the supposed furor apparently was a maelstrom of frenzied Christians up in arms over Google’s decision to honor Ceasar Chavez rather than Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.
In the opinion of this Christ follower the whole thing is Not-Much-Ado about anything.
Yes it was Easter, the day a huge segment of the world’s population collectively sets aside to remember the greatest event in human history. And yes, Google did choose to honor the semi-iconic figure of a revered labor leader.
Let there be no doubt that it was a conscious human choice on the part of Google to avoid Easter for the 13th year in a row. In fact Forbes Magazine reports that the doodle that appears on Google’s home page every day is one of the few decisions not made by algorithms:
“The Doodles are the company’s face; they are the first thing users see when they navigate to the page. Heck, for some users they are the reason to navigate to the page. And Google lets, well, people make the decision what will appear based on, gasp! Subjective reasoning.
But was Google’s decision a reason to get all up in arms? Let me say first, I am leery of the way the media presented the whole brouhaha. For most of us who woke up this past Sunday morning and headed to church, our minds weren’t on Google or what those offended by its choice of doodles were tweeting. Frankly, Google was the last thing on my mind.
In fact, I knew nothing of the supposed uprising in Christendom until that night when I noticed a comment from Facebook friend on his timeline. I was so in the dark about the goings on at Google that I had to do some research before posting a reply. From there, here is how our brief conversation went:
- Friend – Any wonder why I no longer adhere to any religious faith? I’m so tired of the crazy and the hypocrisy.
- Me – What Google does or does not do on this day or any other is of no concern to me. They, like a certain chicken joint, have every right to do with their business what they wish. Just so you know, not all who call themselves followers of Christ are the knee jerks these folks apparently are.
- Friend – I understand that Tim. It’s just disappointing to see the “persecution complex” that seems to thrive in so many people of faith. They perceive injury in things that have zero effect on them personally. In fact, through their reactions, they marginalize themselves even more.
- Me – And trust me, it was great thinkers of faith who warned of that very thing. C.S. Lewis and Carl F.H. Henry to name a couple. This is the reason my faith is not in a persuasion, sect, or religion but in a Person.
Jason Linkins of the Huffington Post, not exactly the first place I go for unbiased news, managed to get this one right when he wrote:
“The truth is that it didn’t matter to 99.9999999999999999999 percent of Christianity’s 2.2 billion adherents … It really does a disservice to people around the world — including many Christians — who suffer at the hands of actual persecutors.”
Now I say this is Not-Much-Ad about anything because all these words mean little on both sides. Some people of faith, angered by Google, immediately tweeted they were switching to Bing. Now there’s a great show of identification with the Resurrected Christ, switching from a web site that honored the birth day of a labor leader to one with a picture of a bunch of eggs.
And to good ole’ Jason over at HuffPo, I’ll take your concern for those persecuted for their faith more seriously when you start putting pressure on John Kerry and the Whitehouse to force Iran’s hand on the 8 year imprisonment of pastor Saeed Abedini.
To my Facebook friend, I stand as a force of one to say that you are right about how people of faith marginalize themselves over things that really mean nothing. We need only quote the words of the One we say we trust in to accomplish being marginalized …
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by Me.”
As for me, if I am going to be marginalized, let it be for choosing Christ not because I chose Bing over Google!