Don't Be Evil

Today is the birthday of the founding of Google, September 4, 1998. Yep, if you’re reading this, more than likely you have “googled” something on your computer or smart phone many times. Today, is the world’s most visited website. Larry Page and Sergey Brin were students at Stanford University in the late 90’s and developed a search algorithm first known as “BackRub.” Aren’t you glad that name didn’t stick!  Eventually they changed the name to Google, with the name being an intentional misspelling of the word “googol,” (the number 1 followed by 100 zeroes), which was picked to signify that the search engine was intended to provide large quantities of information.


What you may not know about Google is that, for most of their existence, their unofficial motto was “Don’t be evil.” It always appeared in the opening sentence of their corporate code of conduct, but was removed in April of 2018 and repositioned at the end of their code of conduct and read: “And remember…don’t be evil, and if you see something that you think isn’t right – speak up!”  When Google was restructured as a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. the motto then became: “Do the right thing.”


While Google uses this motto to guide their conduct in the often-contentious corporate world, it is incredible to think that one of the largest and richest companies in the world uses a slogan that could easily apply to every Christian’s life.   


Romans 12:9 says, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”  


Jesus came to transform lives. He also came to destroy the power of evil. The battle against evil continues today. That’s why we are also told in Ephesians 6:11 to “put on the full armor of God.” The great news for every believer is that although we are fighting against evil today, we will win in the end, because of Christ!  We know the eventual outcome already! “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (1 Corinthians 15:57)


So, today, my friend, don’t be evil!  In fact, hate it! Pursue the goodness of God and find your hope in Him every day!