Who’s Watching Us?

Well, in this day and age, we can pretty much bet someone is! Oh, I’m not a conspiracy nut. Nor am I paranoid. But, in my opinion George Orwell, in his book “1984”, did a pretty good job of predicting the future in many ways. Yes, we are a bit beyond 1984—but “Big-Brother” seems to be becoming a fact!

Now, let’s see who may be watching us. We can start with spouses, parents, children, other relatives and in-laws, friends and future friends. There are also acquaintances, co-workers, teachers and our bosses. Maybe even potential Christians, or possible enemies. Then we get to unknown watchers using security cameras, traffic cams, drones, cameras, cameras with incredibly powerful telephoto lenses or night vision, cameras in PC’s, cell phones, pens, and even eye-glasses. Laser sensors that can read conversations from the vibration of window glass, more traditional audio “bugs”, computer hacks, etc. Oh, and how about the information you put out there on Facebook, twitter, and other social media. Did you know that if you have a “toll-tag,” it is also being “pinged” by many other sensors wherever you drive. Your movements may not be tracked, …but they could be. How about GPS devices, including smart phones, that record your movements. And let us not forget all the various cards we swipe, insert, or simply place close to the (RFID) reader, while completing purchases, returns, getting cash from ATMs, etc.. I could go on; but you get the idea. Hmmm, maybe I am just a tiny bit paranoid.

However, that is not the real purpose of this post. First, I want to speak to Christians. (I also have something for non-Christians—just a bit later).

I charge you, in the sight of God and Christi Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructionsii without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism. [1Timothy 5:21, NIV]iii

OK, Christians. I ask you again, who is watching us? In the second paragraph let’s forget everything after the first four sentences; but then I’d add: God, Christ Jesus, and the elect angels. It seems to me that we don’t hear much about angels anymore. Not even in our churches. (OK. I’m sure there are exceptions to that). But overall, angels are “kinda” ignored. I don’t want to get into a big discussion about angels; but, we do need to realize that God has always relied on angles—quite heavily. And, they will have many assignments during the Tribulation. I also believe we can do nothing on earth that is not noted within the heavenly realm.

Please do not let that scare you! It is a Very Good Thing! It means that our God, who loves us enough to sacrifice His Son for the forgiveness of our sins; and, to restore us as righteous members of His family—for eternity; is always with us—to give us blessings and guidance. I do not see angels as “tattle-tales,” but rather as champions and cheer leaders. Life on earth isn’t easy; and God knows that better than we do. He has promised to provide for all our needs—and He will. Try saying “Hello” to your angel, whenever you think one is near.  Yes, I do believe angels are all around us.

Now, for any readers who are not (or, not yet) Christians. You can trust me when I say, God also knows you. He desires nothing more than for you believe in Him, and His Son, Jesus Christ. God is the creator of the universe and therefore, the only one who can proclaim what is true and what is right (or wrong). “Sin” is not doing what you know to be right, and/or doing what you know to be wrong. Thus, when Adam and Eve in effect told God to take a hike by doing the one thing He had told them not to do, they introduced sin into the world—for everyone who would ever live on planet earth. And the biggest consequence of this sin was that Adam and Eve, instead of living forever in the presence of God, brought death not only to themselves, but to the entire world.

This grieved God so much he came up with a plan for the reconciliation of Mankind—His favorite creation. Here is Holy Scripture written specifically for you, the non-believer, or seeker:

“…God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. [John 3:16-18. NLT]iv

No man can live a perfect life. Something you have no doubt figured out by now. We have all sinned. Big sin, little sin, …no difference. Sin is sin. God cannot, will not, allow sin into heaven. So, every man or woman must make a decision. There is only one way into Paradise. It is narrow. It is also available to every person living on this planet! Regardless of your past mistakes; regardless of your nationality or race; regardless of being rich or poor; regardless of any other exclusion you can think of.

If you truly want to be saved, to become a Christian, and follow the one true God while living a new life, here is what you must do. You must set your free-will aside and say a very simple prayer to Jesus.

Jesus, I believe you are the Son of the one true God and the Creator of the Universe. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot fix myself. I believe you died on the cross as the only perfect sacrifice for my sins; and, to give me new life. I also believe you arose from the grave three days after your death, proving you are alive and giving me proof of spending eternity in heaven with you. Lord I give my life to you, starting right now. In your name I pray, amen.

Congratulations! You may be assured you are a Christian if you made that prayer in earnest. You are now in a personal relationship with God. I would suggest you find a Christian friend and tell him/her what you have done. Look for a church that follows the Holy Bible. If they teach anything but God’s Word, i.e. rules, qualifications, rituals, etc; you’re in the wrong church. Find another.

Remember, you are still human; and, you still live on a broken planet.  Despite your best efforts you will still sin.  That doesn’t mean you are no longer saved.  God forgives your sins as long as you are on earth.  So talk to Him often.  Thank Him for your salvation, and, don’t allow Satan to call your salvation into question.

Get a Bible, I recommend either the NLT or the NIV translations.i Start by reading Mark, in the New Testament. Follow that up with Chapters 6, 7 and 8, in Romans. And, then you might want to check out where it all started, in the Old Testament, the book of Genesis. Lots and lots of history, presented in stories you’ll find very interesting. The good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s all laid out in Genesis.

God Bless You,

Avery Goodday

A final word. If you consider yourself a non-believer, and that you will never change, I have to tell you that the consequences of your choice are going to be brutal. And, you may never have a chance to change your mind—especially true if your mind is closed. There is a phenomenon called hardening of the heart. If God gives up on you, and there are people He does give up on, He will likely harden your heart.

I beg you to not let that happen. Please. Please, keep an open mind. Ask all the questions you can come up with. No true Christian should give you a hard time, as long as you are genuinely seeking the truth. Keep that door open, even the tiniest crack. I tell you the truth. God can work wonders! It has happened many times before. And, oh, how I pray you will heed this advice. It could give you a new life. One that will last for eternity.

A.G.

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iJesus is His name. Christ—meaning, Messiah; or, God’s chosen redeemer for His people—is His title.

iiThe “instructions’ Paul is telling Timothy about are listed previously in the chapter. In fact they make a rather interesting reading list. There is another, similar list in Titus.

iii Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervon publishing House. All rights reserved.

iv Scripture quotations marked [NLT] are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

v   Both of these Bible translations are available as”Life Application Study Bibles.” They are a little more expensive; but, the notes and commentary make them worth every cent.

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