Hackers are in the news. Powerful people are afraid.
When hackers are in the news it means someone’s private life has been invaded and is being put on display for all to see. We can hardly wait to see the powerful embarrassed. Should that be the case? Will the hackers come for us, too?
Those of us who are old enough to be referred to as BC (Before Computers and Cell Phones) can still remember a time when privacy actually existed. Those times are gone forever. I, for one, miss them.
There is a sense, however, in which human privacy was destroyed long ago in the garden of Eden by the original hacker named Satan. What the original hacker did to Adam and Eve left them so ashamed of their public nakedness they tried making clothes out of leaves and hide from God. Some plan!
A hacker must penetrate into the operating system of a computer and make that system give up its privacy and deeply held secrets. A Hacker wants to embarrass and control. That is what Satan, the original Hacker, did to all of humanity when Adam and Eve took a bite out of the original Apple. (Not sure it was an apple, but it fits the computer/hacker metaphor! Sorry Apple you chose the metaphor first.)
What a relief it is for the Christian to no longer need to fear the original hacker! Jesus came to destroy his works and set us free from needing to hide who we are or what we have done. We even have a ‘confess our sins’ software installed if we do sin!
In a world where the original Hacker still exists and continues to try to shame us, there is very good news for us…
There is therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
Christians are called to come out of hiding and walk in the light. Jesus defeated the original hacker and He even created a spiritual firewall should the Hacker try to shame us again.
We may not have privacy in the world, but we can certainly have privacy and peace within our spirit where the original hacker can never enter again.