There is nothing more empowering than hearing about people joining together for change. Over the years, social media has given voices to those who might have been lost under the weight of corporate power. It has shown that one person really can make a difference.
That is, unless that one person connects with 20,000 more who ignore simple facts and believe that their opinion is the only one that matters. Then, they’re just walking hashtags with an over-inflated sense of power and superiority making a lot of noise.
Good Omens is a dramedy starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant as an angel and a demon trying to save the world together. Apparently, the Apocalypse will be caused by a middle schooler anti-Christ. (Aren’t they always?) And these two would rather it not.
As good Christians know, angels and demons cannot be friends and they have no business questioning God’s plan. Furthermore, evil should never be normalized like this.
For this reason, an uprising of 20,000 Christians decided to battle this earthly evil with a petition sent to Netflix demanding that the show be cancelled.
Unfortunately, these almighty petitioners failed to notice that the show was actually on Amazon Prime. It’s also a single season limited series to which its Almighty Creator – Neil Gaiman – is not returning. And it’s already streaming. So cancelling it won’t make it disappear.
But I had to wonder: Good Omens started out as a book in the 90’s. Where were these rabble-rousers then?
Of course, back then there was no social media to unite them. And perhaps people were less confrontational. After all, the original book said that it was “weird” to have an Apocalypse at a time when “everyone was getting along so well.”
Not so, now. These days, everyone’s attacking everyone else just for having a differing opinion. (Yes, I am now, and forever will be, the embodiment of irony.)
Furthermore, the end of the world is foreseen by environmentalists fighting global warming, politicians fighting nuclear weapons, and tech giants fighting hackers who want to shut down the grid. And we have choices in how we’ll handle these issues if we want to save the world. So a show about a coming Apocalypse is more relevant than ever.
Besides, isn’t two opposing sides finding common ground to improve things, a good metaphor for today’s politics? (Just wondering.)
And the show isn’t really questioning a holy plan. Most Christians ask questions. They ponder how to make 2000-year-old biblical rules fit within the context of the ever-changing world they must navigate today. Only cults don’t allow members to question their doctrines.
So what’s wrong with playing a little Armageddon “what-if” on TV?
Christianity says God gave man free will to choose. Twenty thousand chose to send a pointless petition to the wrong company to do something that had essentially already happened.
Others are choosing to watch Good Omens. After all, a TV show is hardly the roadmap to hell. And most of us aren’t angels to begin with.