Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Hundreds of years ago, brave (and desperate) men and women sold all of their worldly possession, said goodbye to everyone they knew and everything they had ever known and boarded ships bound for a new world and a new life. They were not foolish, simple men. They knew the risks they would take and those they would expose their families to. And yet they came. Putting their very lives on the line, our ancestors braved the ravages of a treacherous sea only to settle in an untamed wilderness and build a truly great civilization. Only by the blood of their hands and the sweat of their brows did they hew a new life. And, in the process, their very lifeblood was required. They lost children, wives and their own lives to their dream.
And now, we can't drive to the next town without our cell phone. "What if we got into a wreck?" "What if we broke down?" Apparently, in the 21st century our legs don't work. We couldn't possible walk home. When cell phones made their appearance, they were heralded as a wonderful way to stay connected. Now, you could be in constant communication. You could make use of those hours spent commuting by working right from your car. You could let your wife know when you were running late. If you were in an accident (gasp!) you could call for help.
At first, only a select few could afford the luxury of a cell phone. Soon, however, as technology advanced and prices came down, most people tucked a phone into their pocket or their purse. What once was considered an expensive gadget became an indispensable necessity. Now, not only were business people chained to the master of their own making, children had also succumbed to the "need" for a constant leash. "Good" parents wouldn't dream of letting Suzie leave the house without her phone. She might need something. She might get in an accident. Or, then again, she might need to send naked pictures of herself to her boyfriend. Ah, technology, a wonderful thing!
But it doesn't stop there. Now, your cell phone (you know, that wonderful item that offers so much perceived "safety") can now be used against you. In order to make the most out of the cell towers wherever you may be, your phone has a GPS (yes, Global Positioning System) that can be used to track your phone - and you. And what a wonderful thing that is, right? Only a "bad guy" wouldn't want to found, right? Wrong. I don't have to have done something wrong not to want to found. I might want the freedom not to be bothered. I might not want someone to know where I am every second of every day.
We strap on the bracelet of "safety" so readily but wonder what went wrong when that bracelet becomes a handcuff. We never stop to think that "safety" is nothing but a sweet illusion. Life is not safe. It never has been. It never will be. And a "safe" life is a life not lived.
As a society, we have come to value safety over freedom. And we have forgotten that God is the author of life and death. We are so concerned with being safe that we have forgotten how to really live. Life is dangerous. And that is how it is supposed to be. Only when there is an element of danger, do we realize our frailty. And only when we realize our frailty will we seek the Maker of our souls.
Our congress has plans to see 30,000 drones in the sky above our heads by the year 2020. 30,000 drones to keep you safe. 30,000 drones that see all. That hear all. Never will you get in an accident when "they" won't know. Never will your car be stolen when "they" won't see. Never will your house be broken into when "they" won't have knowledge of the incident. Doesn't that make you feel safe?
Remember. We have to remember. The people that have gone before us were not willing to give up their freedom for their safety. They knew that the people peddling safety were really seeking only to bind them with chains forged for "the public good". True protection is at the heart of every good father, every family. The "safety" the government offers is only thinly veiled bondage.
I will trust God with my life, not some flawed government. I don't want to be kept safe. I want to live.