We no longer live in a private world. You cannot hide anything from the prying eyes of the Internet. Who you are, where you visit and what you like is no secret in this cyber age.
Google knows what you are looking for. Facebook knows what you like. Twitter knows what you sent.
In spite of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA), someone somewhere is watching your activities on the social media for market research, business improvement or national security.
A psychometric algorithm designed by David Stillwell can produce a map of your soul based on the “likes” from your Facebook. It is akin to what John Ruskin said: “Tell me what you like and I’ll tell you what you are.”
One US retailer surveying the buying patterns had presumed one of its customers was pregnant and so sent her maternity coupons before the teenager could break the news to her parents.
Every day we leave behind us a treasure trove of digital footprints through our smart phones, which are increasingly becoming repositories of not just our contacts, our calendar, our memos and photos but also our web history, our calls, our text messages, our banking data and social networks.
Nothing is secret. The thought that this is becoming a fabric of our everyday world is quite frightening.
It certainly has frightened quite a few to try to scrub away the traces of the sordid affair, the inappropriate liaisons, the expenses scandal and the huge sum of cash stashed in tax havens.
If we are truly terrified by the fact that nothing is secret nowadays. Perhaps we should also be equally terrified, if not more by what the Bible says.
“For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light” (Luke 8:17).
Ours is a God who knows everything about us. Nothing is hidden from Him. Nothing escapes His notice. Nothing is secret.
“He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness” (Daniel 2:22).
Adam and Eve thought the fig leaves could conceal their shameful guilt. But God knows. Nothing is secret.
Cain thought he had gotten away with murder. But God knows. Nothing is secret.
Sarah made a mocking laughter in the privacy of her tent. But God knows. Nothing is secret.
Achan kept and carefully hid the forbidden loot. But God knows. Nothing is secret.
David went to great pains to cover up his misdeeds. But God knows. Nothing is secret.
“There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs” (Luke 12:2-3).
How we need to pray as the Psalmist, “Cleanse me from secret faults” (Psalms 19:12) for “God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing” (Ecclesiastes 12:14 NLT).
For with this “God who sees me” (Genesis 16:13) nothing is secret.