I have been intrigued by the advertising campaign of Microsoft's new search engine called "Bing!". It is billed as a cure for the confusing task of searching the internet and it's amazingly varied pieces of information. They claim to be the "world's first decision engine". I agree that the internet can be dizzying at times and it has a way of putting together different content items that have no business together. It is a stream of consciousness to be sure and it makes perfect sense that we need a way to help us make decisions. Check out a recent add.
Now, here is my point. I think that real life is more complicated than the internet and there is no doubt that we need a decision engine to help us along the way. But I really doubt that Microsoft has the best engine for me to use to make decisions. What is needed is a Biblical worldview where God is the arbiter of absolute truth. In 2003 the Barna Research Group released a study that indicated that less than 10% of people in America process decisions with a Biblical world view. This is a staggering statistic! This did not happen overnight, but gradually over the past few decades society has shifted toward a relative truth decision engine where everyone is supposed to make decisions that are right for them.
As a parent, I am impressed that I need to teach my kids that God needs to be the filter by which all decisions should be made. It is a matter of helping them to see that the world routinely lies to them when it says that there is no absolute truth. I don't know how parents can possibly make consistent decisions when the standard of truth is a shifting line. I have to admit that it is very easy to fall into a pattern of making decisions based on worldly standards. It is always a relief to remember that I don't have to determine what is right in a certain situation. All I have to do is apply God's truth to the situation and remain consistent in my response.
So perhaps Microsoft is onto something after all. We definitely need a decision engine. We just need to use the right one. I kind of doubt that this angle will appear in any of their ads!