I remember when internet search-engines were relatively new and vying for our attention. Who remembers the likes of Webcrawler, Alta Vista and Ask Jeeves? Yahoo entered the scene and started to pull away from the competition, and then Google exploded – taking search-engines to another level.
Google is now part of the culture and part of the vernacular.
“You want to know the answer? Google it!”
Wow! That’s power!
Google processes over 40,000 search queries every second on average, which translates to over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide. (I found this on Google ;)
You’re looking for answers? Google is the gateway, which means Google decides how to direct you, where to direct you and who has the answer you’re looking for.
Google “abortion” and you may get 57,800,000 results but Google decides who gets the prime real estate (check it out for yourself). You pay for the privilege to headline the page – Ad’s get top-billing, but Google decides which Ad’s get top-billing, and it’s all based on Google’s complex formula.
I’m not suggesting there is a conspiracy - honest, since even IF the top searches reflect general popularity then Google is merely a reflection of who’s powerful and who’s popular. That still loads the game in the favor of the fortunate few.
Now, let me be clear. I “Google” like most people. It’s a terrific resource that accelerates access to vast quantities of information. I’m not attempting to scaremonger or drive people back into the dark ages (whatever that means). However, we do need to remind people to avoid passive engagement with this tool and temper our trust of Google’s ability to provide ultimate answers to life’s difficult questions.
Christians stand on the authority of God’s word - the Bible. It’s the first place we ought to turn in times of trouble. So the question really is: who is your source of ultimate authority?
Don’t Google the answer.
One more, for the record: Who was Jesus Christ?
Google’s second-top answer, click on the link provided by Mormon.org (Paid Ad’).
Author and speaker.