Recently I got a letter in the mail telling me that I owed a traffic fine for running a red light. The envelope included a picture of my vehicle traveling just past the intersection where this crime allegedly took place. My accuser was one of the millions of eyes that watches me and you every day of our lives.
This is the world that we live in where billions of dollars are spent and millions of minions eavesdrop, monitor, track, watch, and chart our individual and collective lives across spreadsheets everyday for the lurid purposes of social control and commercial gain. We are spied upon from everywhere; from outer space and from our own electronic devices that we use in our living rooms.
Face Recognition was the scariest version of Voltron’s attempt at knowing who we are and where we are, but that is now being supplemented by Gait Recognition where the unique way each of us strides will aid the powers that be to find not only Jason Bourne—but you and I as well.
This being the world that we now live in can make us paranoid and cause us to feel impotent. I often talk with people who are stressed out about this Orwellian cage that we are in.
Now, I don’t have any solutions to offer regarding how you can achieve a level of privacy from all of this highly sophisticated espionage, but I will share with you why none of this shakes my faith.
First, all the monitors are being monitored by God. The eyes in the sky are all being watched without ceasing and are never out of God’s sight. Our Lord knows what is going on and any crimes committed will be punished. No one gets away.
Secondly, and in relation to the first, is the fact that everyone is known by God. He knows each and every person completely. He not only knows their virtual shopping and web surfing habits, but He also knows the thoughts and intents of their hearts. God also holds their next breath and heartbeat in His hands.
Thirdly, one day all of our lives will be evaluated. Our thoughts, words, deeds, motives, values, will all be examined and evaluated by the Holy One. On that day everyone will stand before God and the books will be opened. This will be the most comprehensive record of each and every life that could possibly be compiled and the facts will have been perfectly recorded. Those who have had their sins forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ will be pardoned and everyone else will be judged.
Since we are being examined and observed, let’s put on a show! Let’s all speak and act and laugh and serve like believers who truly believe that God is our strength and protector, our Rock and our Shield. Those who report on us, let them only be able to tabulate that it is evident that we love the Lord our God with all of our heart and soul, mind and strength and that we are also loving our neighbor as ourselves.
And lastly, I would encourage everyone who is concerned about this issue of the loss of privacy to do all that they legally can to secure themselves from all of the prying. At the same time though I would say that they need to live with the realization that their lives are not and have never been, nor ever will be in the hands of anyone outside of God’s will.
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:2-3).
And when, in God’s providence and according to His divine plan, you find yourself seemingly under the control of another, remember that your only comfort in life and in death is—That I belong body and soul, in life and in death – not to myself but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, who at the cost of His own blood has fully paid for all my sins and has completely freed me from the dominion of the devil; that He protects me so well that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that everything must fit His purpose for my salvation. Therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for Him (Heidelberg Catechism).
That phrase, “not a hair can fall from my head” represents the intimate care that God has for his own. Big Brother might know what you just purchased online or that you shuffle more than you sashay when you walk, but your Lord, God’s Son, is your real Big Brother.
This is what the Bible informs us of. This is the information that calms and gives confidence. Find yourself thinking about what the true and greater reality is. It puts all the world in perspective. After all, He’s got the whole world in His hands.