Let’s set aside one major truth that most Christians don’t know: Easter is a Pagan Holiday. We’ll explore that one further at another time, but for now it’s only important that we look at what is happening surrounding the Google controversy itself.
Christians around the world are up in arms about Google’s choice of celebrating labor activist Cesar Chavez‘s birthday with their “doodle” rather than the resurrection of Christ on Easter. There are plenty of threats to switch to Bing, something that few will actually do (have you searched for anything on Bing?), and a ton of criticism coming from multiple directions. While it’s admirable to make decisions based upon conviction, these threats and the attention being given to Google over this matter are unwarranted, at least to a degree.
First, it’s important to note that this is not the first time that they’ve “snubbed” Easter with their doodle. In fact, they’ve never had an Easter doodle. The choice of putting Chavez as the doodle was likely only noticeable because tensions are so high today surrounding religion, and Christians are feeling that many of our walls are closing in on us. We are sensitive and rightfully so, but the Google doodle is the least of our worries.
We should chose our battles wisely.
With that understood, let’s discuss the primary reason that this shouldn’t be an issue. Google isn’t important, at least not important to those who understand what is happening in the world. The use of search engines to find what we need on the internet is a tool, nothing more. If the expectation is that companies such as Google are bound to adhere to any sense of faith, it’s too high. They are part of the problem, but they are, for some of us, a necessary component in the driving force of honoring our Lord. It’s obvious that Microsoft, Yahoo, and nearly all other search engines are not Christian companies.
This is not an offense that should concern any of us. In fact, it should be expected. The world is in the process of turning its back completely on God. We are charged with standing strong in our own faith and helping others find their’s. We are to spread the word and make disciples of the nations. We are to be a means by which the Lord can wield in reaching as many souls as we can in the time that is given to us.
Evil is all around us. It manifests in many ways that we see clearly and in other ways that are subtle, hidden from view. It is set on our hearts via the Holy Spirit to do what we can on this planet, to be what the Lord wants us to be and to do what the the Holy Spirit compels us to.
Google can be a tool for good. It can help us find resources, knowledge, and people. We can use it to help others find resources, knowledge, and people. That’s not to say that we should turn a blind eye to what they and other companies do just because they’re useful. It simply means that giving any ounce of attention or time to their choice is a waste. For all of its usefulness, Google as a company, a service, and a search engine are irrelevant in the scheme of things and choices about their doodle do nothing but waste our time.
Focus on what matters. Fight the good fight. By turning your attention away from what’s truly important and toward something insignificant such as the doodle, you are playing right into their hands.