The WikiLeaks drop of CIA spy techniques this week paints a very scary picture. Remove whatever political leanings you might filter this event through and look to the underlying truth. Our government, certainly other governments, and who knows how many others who do not have the best interests of their neighbors in mind have these abilities to break into our private lives to listen, look and steal just about anything they desire, or cause all sorts of other havoc. Now take that reality and move it forward through another 10 to 20 years of technological advance and what can and will be done is going to be mind-boggling, and perhaps terrifying. These are indeed troubled times! As Christians, aliens and strangers in this world, how can and should we react. Where do we find hope, peace and comfort? We find it in the same place that Christians have for nearly the past 2000 years; in our loving God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. While the technology may be far greater than in the past, Jesus us far greater than any technology. In the 1st century AD believers were being spied on by their neighbors; arrested and martyred for their faith. This is a pattern that has repeated over and over again throughout Church history. Our hope and comfort come from the Lord, who created all things and is above all things. All people and authorities are subject to His power and judgment. Our confidence and certainty in an ever increasingly uncertain world is in His completed work of our salvation and the gift of faith through the Spirit of God that grabs hold to His promises of eternal life in His kingdom and makes them our own.
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009