As winter approached one year, a teacher asked her class what they believed about the holidays. In response, one little girl said, “I believe in EVERYTHING!” Confused, the teacher asked, “what do you mean you believe in EVERYTHING?” “Well,” the girl said, “my mother is Catholic and my father is Jewish. So I believe in Jesus, and Moses, and the 12 tribes, and the 12 apostles, and Snow White and Aladdin. You know EVERYTHING!”
When we began this current worship series, I knew nothing about a new TV show that was being advertised other than its title: God Friended Me. As I watched the first episode, I realized that the idea of God speaking to us through Facebook fit in quite well with what the Bible tells us about how God speaks to us through the spiritual growth practices we call spiritual disciplines: prayer, worship, Bible study, fellowship, giving, and service. Having experienced those kinds of convergences before, and having seen God touch people’s lives through such convergences, I have learned to listen when God seems to be saying that He wants to work through such timings.
Three weeks ago a TV show titled God Friended Me debuted. In the first episode, a young man named Miles received a Facebook friend request from someone claiming to be God. As soon as Miles added God to his friends list, God suggested another person for Miles to friend. In the second episode, God suggested an additional person for Miles to friend. Each of the persons God suggested had a need. Each need led Miles into a new adventure. And each new adventure led to unexplainable and mysterious things happening that made Miles wonder if there really is a God who has a plan for us, and if we really are all part of some grand design.
Two weeks ago a new television show debuted. It is titled God Friended Me. In the pilot episode a young man named Miles received a Facebook friend request from someone claiming to be God. Since Miles is an atheist, he declined the request several times before relenting and adding “God” to his friend list. As soon as he did so, God began suggesting other people for Miles to friend. Each person had a need, or led Miles into a new adventure. And in each new adventure, unexplainable and mysterious things happened that made Miles wonder if maybe there really is a God who has a plan for us, and if we really are all part of some grand design.
“New York City, center of the universe, home to 8.6 million people . . . a diverse melting pot of culture, everyone searching for meaning and answers. I thought I had it all figured out, but then something happened, and it changed my life forever.” Those are the opening words of a new TV show that debuted last Sunday. It is titled God Friended Me, and it is the story of a young man named Miles. In the pilot episode, Miles received a friend request on Facebook from God.