Technology can’t even keep up with sin and those that commit them.
The other day according to the news an electronic monitoring system run by BI Incorporated maxed out its storage capacity that tracked the location of 16,000 sex offenders, parolees, substance abusers and other offenders leaving law enforcement blind for 12 hours. They questionably detained 140 offenders as well. This is amazing because apparently the technology can hold over 2 billion records and they are working on expanding the threshold to a monstrous one trillion records.
This is scary stuff.
We no longer have to imagine or limit it to a sci-fi tale about people having the power to track information about anyone at anytime. It is obvious we have that technology as imperfect as it is. The idea of locating the whereabouts of incorrigible criminals is not what bothers me-but I wonder what it would be like if the government expands that power to any citizen. I do not know of Orwellian conspiracies as of yet, but in the name of security freedom can be lost. The search and seizure of information and the fourth amendment of the U.S. constitution must remain a precious right to us in this country.
I chuckled at the company’s name “BI.” Some of you will remember when we used to say as kids: “Its none of your BI business!” We used to purposely misspell the word business as “bizness” to emphasize and intensify the “stay out of my business” idea. It is not childish to have privacy and we should all be careful, very careful about who knows what about us. Something to think about.
The BI information grid broke down with this company and the law enforcement with which it works were blind for 12 hours to any criminal activities.
But God will never stay out your business. He is never blind. He keeps track of sin. There is no right to privacy with him.
The Bible says that, “But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.” (Romans 2:5).
Did I read that right? People treasuring the wrath of God?
The archaic word treasurest is the Greek word thēsaurizō and in Latin thesaurizas where we get the word thesaurus. This is not referring to the book we use that groups similar and differing words together. It comes from a root word that means a place where valuables and riches are stored. Paul teaches those that refuse to repent and make an 180 degree turn from thinking about and doing those things that the All seeing and All knowing God hates despite God’s tender goodness and kindness to them are actually accumulating wrath, adding to God’s anger that will be vented against them one day. He never loses one byte of information.
I know we do not hear much about God’s anger against sin and there are those who actually teach he does not become angry today. But God witnesses and weighs out sin (Jer 32:10). God says of those who refuse to repent, “Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures? To me belongeth vengeance and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.” (Deut 32:34-35). He keeps in reserve and under lock and key the sins of men and women who refuse to repent.
In fact, Hosea the prophet said of Israel that, “The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid.” (Hosea 13:12). This actually can be translated that his sin has been collected and kept in storage for punishment! “Ephraim’s wickedness is on record. The record of the people’s sins is safely stored away.” (GWT).
John Calvin states that, “that the ungodly not only accumulate for themselves daily a heavier weight of God’s judgments, as long as they live here, but that the gifts of God also, which they continually enjoy, shall increase their condemnation; for an account of them all will be required: and it will then be found, that it will be justly imputed to them as an extreme wickedness, that they had been made worse through God’s bounty, by which they ought surely to have been improved. Let us then take heed, lest by unlawful use of blessings we lay up for ourselves this cursed treasure.”
Frightening information. But there is hope.
Only Christ can save you from God’s just, inflamed anger against you. Divine Justice demanded a payment for sin and Christ made that payment on the behalf of his people. It can not be extorted by doing good works, it cannot be ignored by changing the rules.
One day you will stand before God for all you have done and there will be no escape unless you have run with all your might to the only place of safety and the person who can save you-Jesus Christ. He will expunge the record of sin that is against you. He made payment by pouring out his blood, the only one in the universe whose blood was untainted by sin. God only accepts that payment for sin.
He will not be bribed by how much good you do and weigh it against the bad you have done and let you off the hook. No. It cannot and will not happen. Every day he has been kind and merciful to you and you have spurned his love. Put your faith and trust in what Christ has done alone or face the horrible withdrawal of your sins and God’s unbearable justice one day soon.