When Facebook recently rolled out changes to its platform, many users were up in arms. “Bring back my old Facebook,” they demanded. Oddly enough, they seemed to forget one important thing. Facebook does not belong to them. They are all subscribers to a free service provided by another. Now, it is true that Facebook needs to be held accountable for the information that is entrusted to them by their users. However, people made a conscious choice to use Facebook and were supposed to have consented to the “Terms Of Service” agreement when they opened their Facebook account. (Somehow, I doubt many Facebook users actually read the covenant that they made with Facebook upon opening said account.) Thus, no Facebook user has just cause to spew the type of vitriol that they have been spreading. If they are so dissatisfied with the service now, then they need to vote with their feet and go to Google + or any of the other smaller alternatives that are out there. Yet, I suppose this expectation is contradictory to human nature, which would rather complain and whine about things that amount to nothing in the end. (Remember the children of Israel in the wilderness? God “bent over backwards” to give them everything for which they asked, but it was never good enough.)
This human quirk makes me wonder. Can God relate to Mark Zuckerberg? Here, God has created this marvelous thing called the universe, which He has provided as a free platform so that His creation may communicate, interact, and live. In addition, He often provides us with features and potential upgrades designed to make this existence more bearable and even enjoyable (e.g. the addition of a spouse, the birth of a child, etc). Yet, let one of these “users” think that God has failed him or her in but just one area of his or her life, and what happens? The complaints begin ascending upward: “I don’t like this, God.” “This just is not fair.” “Give me my old life back!” Yes, we sound as immature as those complaining to Mark Zuckerberg about the changes that he wants to make to his own social media platform!
In the end, we understand that Zuckerberg is only human. As such, he will inevitably make mistakes. These mistakes may likewise cost him his place among the upper echelon of social media’s elite. If and when that happens, then his creation will be relegated to the ranks of the failed social media platforms of the past (e.g. MySpace). In the meantime, I would not be surprised to discover that, with the passage of time, people will begin to embrace the changes that have been made recently by Zuckerberg. When they do, they will begin to see the brilliance of his strategy and appreciate the bold gamble that he is making with these latest changes to Facebook’s platform. And, when, down the road, Zuckerberg is “forced” by market pressures to innovate once more, people will once again be angry and demand that Zuckerberg bring back their “old” Facebook; that is to say, this design they now hate so vehemently. Zuckerberg is trying to please half a billion people worldwide as he guides Facebook into the future. In the end, though, there is bound to be attrition because of a percentage of unhappy Facebook users that will forsake Zuckerberg and go elsewhere. Therefore, Zuckerberg can only do so much to bring about what he feels is best for his own creation while still maintaining that winning degree of overall user satisfaction.
God, on the other hand, by definition, is perfect. He makes no bad decisions. It is true that He makes decisions that we are incapable of understanding (cf., Isaiah 55:8-9). However, if we were to honestly evaluate what He has done overall, then we would have to agree that it was (and is) for our best. Ultimately, every good and perfect thing comes from Him (cf., James 1:17). Even so, there is always that rate of attrition seen in the amount of people choosing not to believe in God’s existence or who rebel against him by pursuing their innate spirituality in ways that He did not intend. Until people are willing to completely trust in God, then there will always be those whom God just cannot please.
Frankly, God owes us nothing. Yet, because He spoils us, we feel entitled to more than He realistically owes us. (In a similar, secular way, Zuckerberg has spoiled us with his creation. We feel entitled to more than he owes us with his Facebook.) Sure, we are free to join those walking away from God. If we believe what the Bible teaches, however, then we understand that this conscious choice carries very negative eternal consequences. It is not like leaving Facebook for Google +. Rather, it is electing to be deprived of God’s eternal, comforting presence, for an eternity of pain resulting from our absence from Him. Not only must we choose wisely, but we need to learn to trust. Lord, increase our faith!