When you think about it, the rise of the surveillance state is but a feeble attempt by government to have the attributes of God.
A hope that they can be all-knowing. All-seeing. Omnipresent. To protect and control their interests. To be one step closer to Omnipotent. They still have a very long ways to go before they can be all-knowing, and I doubt they'll ever get there. But irregardless, how should a Christian respond to the rise of the surveillance state? The biggest problem with the surveillance state in the U.S. right now is that it seems that there is activity that is happening outside the bounds of the Constitution, so it seems that government technology and government agents are simply doing what they wish without regards to the law of the land. We have a right to question such activity, just as Paul did when he, a Roman citizen, was about to be beaten without a trial. But that is not what I want to talk about today. I want to talk about the relationship between people and a surveillance state in general, outside the context of any nation or their code of law. Should we care that people want to watch us? Should we care that people are able to watch us in such invasive detail? What is privacy? Does a Christian even have such a thing as privacy? Does any human have such a thing as privacy? What does the Bible say about privacy? Well, the Bible makes it pretty clear that people are watching us, and that we should take advantage of this. If you believe in God, then you also believe that no one truly has such a thing as privacy. If you don't want someone else to come up with technology so they can know what you do, remember that God has already been watching your every move and reading your every thought for your entire life. If you're afraid of being punished for wrongdoing, I'm pretty sure that no government has ever been as strict against wrongdoing as God is. If you're afraid of the Surveillance State punishing you for doing the right thing, fret not, because the Surveillance God will reward you. The bottom line is, if the surveillance state continues to rise, governments' ability to quantify data and analyze their citizens will also rise. As this happens, more governments and more people will know what God has known all along. Namely, that Christian citizens are qualitatively different in their actions and their attitude, which shine the light of God in the midst of a dark world. "Let your light so shine before men, so that they can see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." --Matthew 5:16