Which is MOST important to you, Privacy or Safety?
In light of current events in the past 10 or so years, both privacy and safety has become less and less sure. We all wish and hope for the best of both, but if you could ony be sure of one which would you choose. You could say it like asking which do you value the most, the chicken or the egg?
Well, for me, although I value my privacy, my safety takes priority. I think there will always be my need to feel safe. But the fact is, in today's world there are so many factors that infringe on my personal safety, which in turn attempt to diminish my privacy.
It means that I need an anchor in these times when the world seems to be an unsafe place in so many ways. For me, it is my my personal faith in Jesus Christ. I am sometimes frightened when I hear or read of the happenings all over the world, and in my own country. But I find assurance and a sense of safety in God's words, "I will never leave you."
Purpose Embraced- Thank you very much for your answer. I believe that God Has His set time when He will intervene in mans affairs. At which time the matters of privacy and safety will no longer be an issue. For now, faith in Christ is what we need.
Most people feel safe in private.
As for the chicken and egg debate. I suppose it comes down to one's faith. If you believe God created Adam and Eve as (adults) instead of (infants) then logic would dictate that every other animal or plant that was created was also done in it's adult form as well.
The chicken came before the egg! (no applause required) LOL!
I don't believe that the two are mutually exclusive. I value privacy because generally speaking I can take care of my own safety.
Safety is a word with broad connotations and implies protection, shelter, well-being and freedom from danger. it is motivated by Survival, the first instinct. That is why we look right and left when crossing the road, or feel fear or insecurity walking down a dark alley or even in a relationship. Consciously or sub-consciously we want to stay alive.
This wanting to hold on to life is experienced even in a hospital setting. We feel this in major disasters like fire or earthquake's, when bombs go of, etc ...
Security is far superior to privacy. Some of us are happy talking about the numerous men or women in our lives, our ill health and even medical records, and again, even if these things became known, they may not immediately threaten our lives. Still, like all things in life, there is always a connection. I may not tell you that someone I am dating have HIV (privacy), but I will probably wear a condom. Why? Because I do not wish to die (survival) I may not give you my address or tell you how many computers I have at home.
Actually, I do not fear theft. I fear the loss and the implications in a financial sense or a potential attack on my person. I am used to warmth, shelter, food, security and a warm environment, things that are all necessary to life. Ultimately, all we do spring from an effort either conscious or non-conscious, to say alive. Survival (security) s the instinct. Privacy is related but much lower down this necessary ladder. The next instinct is the sexual one, although privacy is present there also. Security and privacy are related, but security is far superior. Survival is an innate instinct, privacy is a mental concept acquired as we grow up. Children do not think of this.
I do not believe these two things are mutually exclusive. I believe the scriptures tell me that if I walk daily with God as He (the Holy Spirit) directs me that my safety is His concern and not mine and I have seen His protection from some very serious consequences. Usually by the small still voice that says don't go there or don't do that or do this (which usually makes no sense to my natural mind). The key to the safety of a Christian is that he be where God wants him, when He wants him there and is not where God does not want to be when he should not be there.
Now DO NOT misunderstand me-- I am not perfect so I do not always do this, but because that my life goal is to always do this He has always been there with His mercy for me when i missed it. That may not always be the case. And we also need to remember that sometimes people are allowed to be martyred for His purposes. Let me give an example of why I do not concern myself with my safety, only with being in constant touch with Him.
Some years ago I was ministering in Indonesia. I had been there 2 weeks and had another 2 weeks to go. I had a date I needed to be home. I called to get my return flight. There were none available.. so I called and begged the lady to put me on the wait list even though it was too long. The next day I got a phone call from the airline telling me that tomorrow there was an opening at 1 pm and that if I did not take it there would be no chance of getting home on time. After I received the phone call I had the people in the meeting all pray with me , is this you God sending me home . We all agreed it was God that sent that ticket. I called the person scheduling my meetings and told her that I had to leave. She said if I would cover the morning meeting she would see that when i finished they would have my ticket all fixed for me and transport to the airport. The man that invited me was in the mountains with another minister, with no way to communicate with us . Just before I finished the morning meeting there was a noise across the room and someone said the man was here
So I finished and went to the car and there he was waiting to take me to the airport. I asked "what are you doing here" and he said "God told me last night you were going home today...2 weeks later i was told that, the day after i left there was rioting in the streets and anything American from cars to people was being attacked and people were hospitalized. There is no privacy for a minister.
celafore- I do believe that God will put situations or events in our path that has kept us from harms way. There are people , like yourself, keep a ear out for His voice and will listen. Great answer and thank you.
Thank you for telling us such a great faith story.
Personally, I think that both safety and privacy walk hand in hand....finding within the definition of each a since of security. That security can truly only be found in one's salvation because no matter what happens in this life as we know it....salvation is the only true safety that one has....and, maybe because of our confession to salvation it is no longer private. But, God can put a hedge around us that blinds the enemy from finding out private things and exposing them....or, simply, keep one hidden from the sights of the enemy....too, letting the enemy see that "He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world."
I look out for the safety of those in my charge, children, wife, family, clients and neighbors. I do not look out for my own safety. Of course seat belts and smoke & carbon detectors and a good toothpaste, are just common sense but the rest of my safety is left to God, no concern to me. Our life must not be lived taking safety of physical too seriously.
My privacy is only in my head, the only important being that would know about me privately already does. No fig leaf will change that. Why did Peter dress before swimming ashore to meet Jesus? He was all naked and fishing with his pards. But before Jesus he thought he needed all his clothes. We humans are funny about our privacy.
If I am doing something I need to keep really private -- I should not be doing it. Light on the hillside and all that, not under a basket stuff.
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