My contemporaries may remember the song “One of Us” written by Eric Bazilian and released by Joan Osborne in 1995. In it, she asks listeners to consider “What if God was one of us.” The lyrics go further and confront non-believers:
“If God had a face what would it look like?
And would you want to see if, seeing meant
That you would have to believe in things like heaven
And in Jesus and the saints, and all the prophets?”
I’ve often wondered what it would take for people to believe if Jesus came to earth in current times. How would we “verify” his claims? We’ve certainly had our share of people claiming to be or have a unique connection to God. Also, what causes some people to believe in self-professed prophets like David Koresh or Jim Jones?
In times like these, what would it take for you to believe?
This fall, a new series on CBS askes a slightly different question, appropriate for the social media culture we live in.
If God asks you to be his Facebook friend, would you … A) Confirm or B) Ignore His request?
God Friended Me is about an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from God, and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him.
The show is created by Bryant Wynbrandt and Steven Lilien, the producing team behind some of tv’s biggest hits including Gotham, Hawaii Five-O, and Alcatraz. It stars Joe Morton (Justice League, The Good Wife), Violet Beane (The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow), Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi, Homeland) and newcomer Brandon Michael Hall.
The series premiers on Sunday, September 30 on CBS Television.
After watching the trailer I’m excited to see how this story plays out. This small sample makes me think about how closely connected we all are and how, even though we may not see it, each decision we make affects the world around us.
Considering the volatile times we live in and the importance of social media in our everyday lives, God Friended Me may be just what we need to prompt us into taking a closer look at our own beliefs and behaviors.