Technology and Control; More News

Romans 13:3-5

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain;

This is a passage that regularly is a class stopper in Bible classes. What if it’s Hitler?  Do we still need to be obedient?  This passage clearly says government “is God’s minister to you for good.”  If the ruler or government is evil, I’d read this as being not applicable.

But let’s take a slightly different slant. If we do evil or if we displease the government somehow, we risk its sword.  So long as we don’t disobey God, cooperating with authority is a healthy idea.  As a friend of mine likes to say, “Fly over the weeds and below the radar.”

Last June I wrote “Technology and Control.”

The article dealt with Japan’s testing of some new identity recognition tech at the next Olympics. You can pre-register your identity and passes for swift passage through everything from Customs & Immigration to your venues at the Olympics without a single document.  Everything would be attached to your fingerprint.  Everything.

Thus begins an additional database of officials being able to identify individuals quickly and easily. Is this a components of an eventual Mark of the Beast?  I don’t know.  But the Bible warns us of end times, and Jesus tells us in Matthew 24 to “Watch!”

My watching has turned up another new piece of identity recognition tech already being used at a handful of airports in the country and just begun at Detroit Metro.

“It’s called CLEAR and it’s now in operation at the airport’s McNamara Terminal. Certified as a “qualified anti-terrorism technology…we take 10 fingerprints with a digital reader, we take a scan of their iris, and we take a high-res photo of their face.”

CLEAR is currently an option at $179 to get scanned and printed. Folks like me who don’t fly much can still get cancer from the x-ray machines and/or be the butt of jokes by TSA employees who can see our naked selves thanks to an x-ray strip search.

George Orwell is spinning in his grave.

Knowledge is control. Technology is up and running to warehouse the knowledge that is needed for whatever control someone might wish to exercise.

As you continue to go through your life on earth, you must decide just how much of yourself you want to surrender to people and organizations you don’t really know.

Your ideas are important too!

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