22,000 Security Cameras

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Ever feel like you’re being watched. Well, if you live in or visit Chicago, then it’s probably true. This huge city went from 10,000 cameras in 2011, to around 22,000 in 2013, and has likely increased even further. This system of cameras is so sophisticated, it is able to tell emergency authorities how big a fire is, where a suspect ran, what a gunman looks like, and even send an alert if a package is left next to a building for too long. Between 2006-2011, four thousand arrests were made with the help of the cameras. This truly is an awesome system (DNA Info).

As we might imagine, not everyone has been happy about being watched so closely. People have been grumbling and complaining about how this was an invasion of privacy. However, no matter what people say, it really just came down to one thing, “People do not want to be watched.” People want to be able to do whatever they want without having to worry about getting in trouble. People want to think they can get away with illegal activity. This is nothing new. Jesus said in John 3:19-20, “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.” People do not want to be watched because they do not want to be exposed.

What we sometimes forget is, whether we are in Chicago, New York, London, or Denver, whether we are at home or outside the White House, we are always being watched. Maybe not by thousands of security cameras, but we are being watched by the one Being who really matters. God’s eyes can either be a source of comfort or a source of fear. The choice is completely up to us. If we are being righteous, then what do we have to fear from being watched? If we are engaging in wickedness, fear should set in.

God is watching every step we make, every word we say, and every thought we think. Hebrew 4:13 reveals, “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (c.f. 2 Chronicles 16:9; Psalm 33:13-15; Proverbs 15:3; Jeremiah 16:17; etc). Let’s live our lives as if God were standing right next to us all the time. Would He approve of the things we are doing and saying? If not, then let’s change.

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