I’ve been really puzzled by a recent theme here lately.
No, not our culture’s questionable obsession with unicorns, or the fact that our White House is turning over faster than a round of tequila shots on Cinco de Mayo.
I’m confused about society’s recent preoccupation with….aliens.
And if you think that was out of left field, well, so did I.
I mean, I feel like in the last year, we’ve just collectively, as a society, adopted this fixation with aliens! – Just scroll through the Netflix Options, and I swear – 1/3 of the shows have to do with aliens! Stranger Things, Alien Invasion, The X Files, Continuum, Signs, I mean, the list goes on and on.
This stuff is crazy – Tall Greys, Reptilians, The Andromedan – I mean, I did one Google search after listening to a podcast, and daaaang there’s a lot of wild stuff out there.
And what the heck, humans? Do we really believe this stuff??
The”alien believer” is no longer a shut-in nut job with pasty skin and old 80’s band T-shirts with cargo shorts. We’re talking the cute girl who went to Coachella, wearing $500 sunglasses, a choker and sipping a green juice. You know…the same girl with crystals stuffed in her bra for “good energy.” That girl BELIEVES IN TALL GREYS.
Now, perhaps you’re thinking, how could I be so small minded to believe that we’re the only form of life in the entire universe.
Sure, ok you got me. Guilty! But that’s not the direction this post is going.
My question is this:
How is it that our society’s belief in aliens is on the rise, and yet our belief in God is on the decline?
Is it because it’s trendy? Perhaps a little edgy? A little hipster? I mean, we all love a good conspiracy theory, amIrite?
But seriously. That’s a terrifying truth. NewsWeek recently published an article that talked about how the number of people who believe in aliens has grown to 54%. Fifty-four percent!! And yet, over the last generation, there has been a decline in the belief of God. Down to only 75%. Which just for perspective, 60 years ago, that number was hovering around 98%.
That, ladies and gentleman, is a scary thought to behold.
I just don’t get it. We’re gung-ho for publicly expressing our faith in the existence of aliens — it’s trendy, even! And yet, heaven forbid we breathe a word about God in public.
There’s something wrong with that picture.
I’m not bashing science or trying to challenge scientific progress or advancement. Not at all. I don’t put it past God to create aliens, just to, you know, spice things up a bit.
But I’m just struck by the climate of – bashfulness – we have about believing in God.
When did God become “the universe” in conversation?
When did God’s plan become “fate” or “serendipity?”
Here’s the scary truth: if we don’t strive to keep God in the conversation – keep Him relevant, – I fear that He’s going to get buried beneath the talk of alien conspiracy theories, vanilla spirituality, and the secularization of Christmas and Easter.
Take one look at the options available on Netflix, and it’s blatantly obvious that we are failing miserably at arguably the most important commandment of all: “Go and make disciples of all the nations.” Matt 28:16-20. Translation: Talk to people about Him!
Frankly, I wish we’d just cut the crap with the “gratitude” and the “mindfulness” and the vanilla spirituality that leaves God out of the picture! I mean, sure, those things are creating wonderful, good hearted people…but where is God in all of that?
We’ve got to keep God in the conversation. Because if we don’t, then who will?
Let’s not let God lose to aliens, for cryin’ out loud.
Be bold. Be brave. And for the love of all things good, don’t refer to God as “The Universe.”
Leave that for the aliens…
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