A down day here. I have a "bug" or something, feel lousy and no strength, could barely sleep at all last night and then only fitfully. Stayed home, missed church services this morning which is not at all normal, especially on days, like today, that had some special event, a gospel singing group, planned. But just couldn't do it. It's rare, very, but it happens every so often.
Looking around at our world, it is all too easy to become discouraged, to believe that All Is Lost and there is no hope. That's a false analysis of course, the Lord has often proven that nothing is beyond His reach.
And yet, when we see dire prophecy apparently playing out before us, to the applause of the self-proclaimed "elites", the temptation to the sin of despair, gets to be very strong.
I opened a link sent to me, and what I saw was the headline to a gushing "puff piece" out of the oh-so-liberal land of Wisconsin, entitled:
Meaning, of course that one's "private" business might be tracked, and thus one's movements and interests as well. Intrusive much? And we hear, for example, that India is trying to do likewise on a national scale.
There are those who might call this progress. I'm not one of them. Especially as I reflect that it would take little more for the "progressives" to add that microchip requirement as a handy portable means of linking to that debit or credit card. Think of the savings if the printing of currency or the minting of coins were abolished. Why, counterfeiting would vanish, right? And then, one might see that "undesired" purchases or transactions could be prevented. No drug buys, right? And no problems with "cash under the table" services, or little girls with unlicensed lemonade stands either. How "progressive".
Oh, and it takes very little to enable 24/7/365 tracking of where you are. With no more effort, it could be known who you were with. With the tracking software on most smartphones in ubiquitous use today, such is already pretty standard (most people don't know that, but I do), and I for one don't like it much. Oh, and on some phones, that's possible even if you have the location "services" turned off and even if the phone itself is turned off. Now, if you remove the battery ...... but of course, that ability is becoming ever more unusual, isn't it?
Am I paranoid? No. I have reason to know about the ways in which some of these capabilities, including that implanted microchip, might be used and mis-used. And, as we used to say in my engineering days, "just because you can do something, doesn't mean that you should". Here are examples.
Things may be about to get even worse. I'm thinking that my Amish cousins, living in such a way as to avoid too-close entanglements with the "world" as they define it, might not be so far off. For example, horses can make more horses. Chevrolet hasn't managed that yet. They generally avoid TV and telephones (generally, I said) and most other things of that sort. Having seen what's on TV and the notions, the seeds, that are planted in the brains of watchers (ever react negatively to the blather about something "that everybody's talking about!" that is anti-God, stupid, nonsensical, and dumb?), they may well be better for it. Who can deny the silliness and horrible distraction that text messaging, 24-hour contact availability, and non-stop sound, that all of this technology has dumped on us? How many of us know of others, or ourselves, who are downright upset if they don't have sounds all the time, who never ever experience silence? How can we pretend we want to hear from God when His voice is drowned out by "music" and our attention is occupied by games or on-line porn or fashion trends (if you can tell the difference)? Or football, or NASCAR races or the latest political scandals and wranglings?
The readings in the Old Testament are Psalms 38, 39, and 40. This is David, and he's not exaggerating when he speaks of those who seek his life, and he is very thankful for what the Lord had been and was then doing on his behalf, and prayed that it would continue.
Those who have been in awful situations, situations that only the Lord could rescue us and has, have an attitude towards the Lord that only they can have.
The New Testament reading is verses 12-35 in the 23rd chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. As ever, the Gospel arouses controversy. THAT hasn't changed.