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Anonymity

14 Mar

A friend and I were having a conversation the other day about anonymity. We discussed the idea that total anonymity is impossible. While we can maintain an anonymous status for a while, he who perverts his way will be found out; and he who does good will also be discovered, but it will not bring as much recognition. Relieving anonymity is about selling goods, products, and a story; people browse, search, purchase, and comment on the Internet thinking they are anonymous, but we are not. Money is to be made in the discovery of secrets, people’s history, and what they want. In the name of commerce or social intercourse, it is increasingly difficult to remain anonymous.

Here is a link to an article about being watched, studied, and monitored for any and every reason with the expansive-increase in surveillance. Surveillance is not just a camera watching us anymore. Now, I know it smacks of conspiracy theory, however, George Orwell’s 1984 is not what’s in mind. After reading the first part of the article the point is clear—we’re being watched; and there is good money in the information gleaned by the watchers. Identifying consumers or criminals is highly useful, so as to best categorize them according to their record, so that the right product will be presented to them or the proper authorities will be called.

After reading the article I immediately began to think about being watched, I experienced a strange, yet all to common desire to behave better—I think I even sat up strait and looked over my shoulder. This impulse is normal, but is it good? Another article presents the idea that we will be better and perform better if we act as if the world were watching. A familiar Thomas Jefferson quote presents the idea of the article, “Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” Through scientific study they determined that people are more ethical in behavior when they think they are being watched. How true, but we don’t need an article like this to prove that people behave differently when others are watching. Ill deeds are done in the dark for a reason—no one can see them, or so we think.

As I wrestled with my flesh the Scriptures bore witness to my soul that it is more important to reckon that Gods is watching. Psalm 139:8 states that, “If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! ” The ‘I’ in this verse is the indomitable God over all. God is watching and always has been. In other words, there is no place that we can get away from God. He is everywhere, and His eyes see all things. 2 Chronicles 16:9 teaches us that God looks over the whole earth to discover the faithful, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.” So, who should we be more concerned about watching us? Big Brother? God? The world? Are we to fear man or the One who can destroy both body and soul and cast both into hell?

After all, a knee jerk reaction of self-reform, when we think someone is watching, can be damaging to our soul, as we place the hypocrite’s mask on our face; the motive to behave rightly stems not from love of God and faith in Christ, but out of self-exaltation and self-preservation. In life aren’t the eyes of God–The Judge–greater cause for fear and repentance than the dim eyes of man?

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Listen

18 Jan

After six frustrating hours, of laptop updates, I finally had to concede to the bitter-sweet loss of information. On the sweet hand I can more readily blog and upload sermon audio, but on the bitter hand this week’s sermon audio is lost. So much for continuity of information. Nevertheless, I press on. Literally I press on, as in I’m going to post–or ‘press’ in the WordPress world–a little bit of edification for you, the reader.

If one cannot listen to my sermon, then I want to provide an article that is especially useful. The article is written by Dr. Ted Tripp. It can be found here on the Ligonier Ministries website. listen

The subject of Dr. Tripp’s article is on Listening at Home. To listen is truly a lost skill in our culture. We hear many things, but often at the expense of those to whom we should listen to the most, our family. Proverbs 18:2 teaches that, “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. ” The problem with much of what we hear is that it’s a fool’s expression from those whom listen little and give many opinions. In turn we are conditioned to listen poorly; thus much information is spewed out at record breaking levels without much true listening. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not innocent victims, but willing participants in this cycle. Also, I’m rather sure I’m the pot calling the kettle black as a pastor and writer.

Take the time today to listen before offering up opinions, especially to those whom you love. The art of listening is something that must constantly be worked on. It is only shameful folly to hear and not listen, or to speak before really considering what the other person has to say. That same chapter of proverbs v. 13 reads, “If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame. ” To write no more, take the next few minutes and read, Listening at Home. 

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