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Someone is watching you, and no CCTV camera is necessary

In fact, every deed you do and every word you say are recorded

Whatever you do out there is being recorded. No, not by this CCTV camera. PHOTO BY THEO THOMAIDIS

One of the hottest topics in motoring right now is the use of CCTV cameras in traffic management. Cities have started employing these gadgets to help themselves discipline errant drivers. You know the deal: Overhead cameras scan and monitor the road to try and catch traffic offenders. No more venal human enforcers needed to implement the law. “No-contact apprehension,” they call it. If you get caught, you will be notified of your violation and you will have to pay a fine.

As a result, motorists are trying to be more alert out there. They know they need to be on their best behavior just because someone is keeping an ‘eye’ on them. As Rockwell sings: “I always feel like somebody’s watching me.”

Funny how people follow the rules when they know there’s someone seeing their every move. Amusing how most of us are ignorant of the fact that SOMEONE has always been watching us in the first place—looking at every deed, listening to every word.

Whatever part of the world you drive to, your actions are being watched. PHOTO BY JAIRPH

Of course, I’m talking about God. Check out what the Bible says about this:

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth… (2 Chronicles 16:9)

And also:

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. (Proverbs 15:3)

I don’t know about you, but this is scarier than a million high-definition CCTV cameras combined. The cameras might miss (or misjudge) an incident if you’re lucky (or unlucky)—which I assume happens a lot—but nothing escapes God’s attention. And yes, just like in the no-contact apprehension program, you will be held accountable.

There is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:13)

Even our dirtiest little secrets will be revealed:

For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:14)

The tragedy of life is that most of us live as though we can do whatever we please and as though we can get away with it

The tragedy of life is that most of us live as though we can do whatever we please and as though we can get away with it. Look around you. Everyone lies. Everyone steals. Everyone lives in immorality. Everyone thinks this world is all there is to life. Everyone assumes no one is witnessing every evil that happens. And yeah, if the next guy is doing it, why can’t I?

But…

Does He not see my ways, and count all my steps? (Job 31:4)

This is the absolute truth. Someday we will get our life’s notification from the ultimate Judge. And we will have to pay the penalty, whether we like it or not. Just because you don’t believe this now doesn’t mean you will be exempt from it.

But there’s a way out, if you’re interested.

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)

Yes, your bad record can be wiped clean, and you can start with a clean slate.

“Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” (Hebrews 10:17)

The best thing about it is that you don’t need to deal with any corrupt bureaucracy.



Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 27 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.



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