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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Who Are You?

Having just read Joe's post on the d3 eMinistry blog about Anonymous operating systems, I am reminded of Microsoft's announcement on some new IE 7 features for flushing the browsing history.

I am disturbed by the trend to excuse anonymous access as a method to retain individual privacy. What is the root of this requirement? Why do we believe we have a right, that trumps all others, to have privacy on a computer network that inherently knows all about us.

I believe there are two main reasons people want to maintain a level of anonymousness:

1. Afraid of Big Brother
I must admit that this one makes me laugh. If someone wants to waste their valuable time watching all the boring stuff that I do, let them. The root fear here is that the government will take control of our lives and usher in what the bible declares will happen in the end times. Interesting arguement, but ultimately fruitless since God will move when He decides and nothing we can do will stop it.

2. Porn or other equally sinful obsessions
Face it, you don't want others to know you have fallen down. This is something I struggled with myself in the early Internet years and I am happy to say that God has worked in my life in this area. Technologies, such as the new IE history flusher, only serve to 'hide' what we have been doing when we shouldn't be doing anything that needs to be hidden in the first place. Confess and repent.

Opinions will vary and I am sure I have missed some points, but ultimately we need to be reminded who it is we serve and to what degree we have given our life over to His work.


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