In our society, we are ingrained in the mindset that we must feel safe. It’s the reason we lock our doors to our homes, it’s a barrier, a boundary, which let’s others know this is where they stop and we start.. We even go to such extents that we look for homes in “nicer” neighborhoods (gated communities) so that we feel safe from “those” kinds of people. You know the kind, the kind that break in people’s houses and steal their things, and we pride ourselves in living in neighborhoods where there are “safer” schools for our children. We often invest in spending thousands of dollars to send our children to private schools, why? It’s an issue of security. We want our children to be insulated. We don’t want them around “negative influences” after all, bad company corrupts good character and “environment is everything”, further more if we gather enough wealth to “come up” we don’t want poor people living in our neighborhoods and going to our schools because it just “messes up the status qua. In our society, we love safety and security, we not only lock our doors to our homes and cars when we exit them because we want a sense of safety when we aren’t there… We buy dogs sometimes and train them to “protect us” granted some people have Pit Bills as companions and others have German Shepherds,Rottweilers, and Pinschers because they want to feel safe and they want their homes to be free of robbery when they are away. As a precaution, we buy alarm systems for our homes just in case, someone tries to break in. Some people keep guns in their homes, just in case someone ever thought to break in,
Obviously security is an important issue in American life, and with great reason. This week I audited a medical record of a young lady who was only 30 years old, she was careless, she drove without a seat belt on, she was unfortunate enough to not only get into a major automobile collision, she was ejected from her car, and rolled over on the street. This woman was brain dead by the time her husband ever got to her, and he was facing the lost this month of not only a child, but a wife. We care about those we love and we want them to be safe and we care about others enough to be as safe as we possibly can. So, by all means buckle up every time your in the car, you never know whose on the road while your out there.
we may even carry around Mace, as females when we travel alone, we don’t want to be caught up in the wrong situations. We take “self defense” classes because we want to always be prepare and have taken the proper precautions so that “if” we find ourselves in a compromising situation we have a tool we can reach back and grab to defend ourselves. Some People carry guns in their car. Just this week there was a young lady who was about 20 years old, she got into a tussle for a spot on the road, the man shot her in the head, road rage can be bad out there so be careful. I guess that was the reason he had the gun in the car in the first place, in case anyone wanted to test his limits, he had to keep himself safe if you know what I mean.
Airlines are now taking extra steps to keep people safe, they are making a digital scan of your fingertips possible, at this point it’s not mandatory, now on some jobs they are putting little chips in their employees shoulder to clock in, but that’s not mandatory yet either. Just a few short weeks ago I learned someone at a tire shop had completely ripped me off and used my credit card to his own benefit. Well, there are ways now to guard against that, banks are making a chip available for those who so desire. Restraining orders are another method we use for safety.
All of these technologies are being created because we need more safety today somehow than what we needed 50 years ago. It is true times are changing. We are living in such a nostalgic generation, even the phones are going out of date the week after we buy them. And we are needing more and more safety to keep the things we have because others are seemingly more jealous and have more at their disposal to take what we have.
But, what if we lived in a culture where everything we had didn’t have us. Where we were more concerned about others than ourselves. I met this couple once many years ago as a stay at home mom, they were a lot like this family I knew when I was growing up. The Armitage’s were much like the Carr’s. These were the 2 families I knew that left everything they had open to whatever gain and profit it could mean to others. I rarely ever went to any of their homes and the doors were locked. It was amazing, I was astounded that people actually lived that way. They would feed people who came over hungry and they would keep company with those who were just lonely and needed somewhere to go…especially on holiday’s if they weren’t invited to someone else’s house. The only time they locked their doors were when they left. And amazingly, no one ever broke into their homes. Granted they didn’t invest their lives into owning the most expensive plasma screen and they didn’t have the bombing radio systems in their cars to attract others but they had enough for themselves and whatever they had was opened for others..The one thing they had in common, as The Armitage’s were white and the Carr’s were black was that they loved Jesus in such a way that they felt like this life was so not worth trying to protect things they could replace and most certainly they regarded their lives as those that Christ was the epitome of.
I’m not saying that these people were perfect or that they never sinned or did anything wrong, but this one thing they had in mind at all times..It’s not I who live but Christ who lives through me. I prayed for a lady on yesterday, she lost her job earning 180,000 a year…that’s right this lady was making 6 figures and the only thing she could think of was her 400,000 home and her daughter..how would they now make mortgage and the expensive car note they now have.. Don’t see what I’m saying wrong, It’s okay to have a 500,000 home and it’s perfectly fine to drive a 53,000.00 car, but when those things have you to such a point where if you lost them you became suicidal, “Houston, we have a problem”! These are great things to seek for, I think we should all have hope and aspirations but when it becomes so serious we are forced to get microchips as animals are just to use our bank account I think security has gone way too far. I believe the day is coming when people will have chips put in them just to work for certain companies to keep track of every place they go…When security becomes that important, it’s not security anymore..It’s imprisonment!
Let us be clear, we should put on our seat belts, let’s not be reckless, we should lock our doors and car doors, for we do live in such a time in certain places where people may take what you have “worked so hard” for.. but by all means…have the things…don’t let the things have you!