Morality in America
When studying the founding of the United States, you can’t help but encounter the faith of the nation’s forefathers. Time and again they recognized God’s hand in the shaping of America. You will find Him repeatedly mentioned in their words and documents. And you will find Him having an active, vibrant role in the country’s early history.
Today, God continues His work in America – but it’s in a nation that has clearly lost its moral compass. Every week, “Morality in America” will address the myriad of moral concerns facing the United States and undermining its Godly heritage:
- Sanctity of life – abortion and euthanasia.
- Sanctity of marriage – same-sex marriage and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.
- Sanctity of the family – divorce, spousal and child abuse, out-of-wedlock pregnancies and absentee fathers.
- Judicial activism (Supreme and lower court decisions).
- Revisionist education in the public schools.
- The perceived rise of Socialism and one-world government trends.
- Attacks and media bias against Christianity.
- And much more…
After you read, remember to intercede in prayer for America – that this nation will return to the Christian standards that once defined it.
Spies In The Skies
Flying drones raise questions
By Holly L. Meade
Spies. They have often been glamorized as the heroes by the media. The government and military employs them for national security. Spies are even mentioned in the Bible. Both the Old and New Testament record moments when God’s chosen people relied on spies to ensure their safety or further their cause. For example, God told Moses to send twelve men to investigate the land of Canaan. Then Joshua, a mighty warrior, secretly sent two spies to scout out the fortified city of Jericho. Rahab ran an inn built on the Jericho city wall where she hid the spies on her roof.
Now, thanks to modern technology, there is a new set of peeping eyes. Unmanned drones are being used to chase apparent cheating spouses and insurance scammers. Olwyn Triggs, president of Professional Investigators Network in Glen Cove, New York, recently used one of the flying spy gadgets to catch an upstate man suspected of insurance fraud. Signs on the man’s rural property warned that trespassers would be shot, so Triggs sent in her two-pound, foot-long Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter, which costs about $1,000.
“He was supposedly fully disabled,” Triggs said. “We knew he was active but couldn’t prove it because of the layout of the property. I couldn’t risk being shot.” So, as a drone hovered above, snapping images of the man chopping wood, Triggs manned the controls from behind a vehicle about 1,000 feet away. “You need to think outside the box when someone’s acutely aware,” she said, adding the fraudster pretended to walk with a cane. “That’s when you’ll consider using a drone.”
Matthew Seifer, president of Long Island-based Executive Investigations, recently pretended to test-fly a drone in Central Park. Seifer was actually recording a husband fooling around with a female coworker from 100 feet away. “Sometimes the best thing is to be right there in plain sight. We had to get in and get out real quick,” he said. “We deployed a drone for eight minutes and got five minutes worth of video. That was the closure our client was looking for.”
Drone aircraft have also been used in custody battles. This year, Seifer’s team sent one to record a dad drinking and partying on a boat with his kids. Seifer snapped the boat’s serial number and images of the kids, who were not wearing life jackets, from more than 300 yards away.
Some politicians apparently disagree with the use of spies in the skies. Queens Councilman Paul Vallone, plans to offer legislation banning the “rampant proliferation” of drones, after New York cops arrested two men for reckless endangerment when their drone flew too close to an New York Police Department helicopter. “It’s scary to think that anybody can simply go buy a drone and fly it with wanton disregard for the safety of those around them,” Vallone said.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, five states have enacted legislation prohibiting the use of drones and 35 more are considering such laws. Kentucky Republican State Representative Diane St. Onge has introduced legislation prohibiting the use of drones over Kentucky for purposes other than military training and use by police with a search warrant. “I am alarmed by media reports that the FAA predicts that between 10,000 and 30,000 drones could be lurking in our skies by 2020,” Onge said.
The use of flying spy gadgets also brings up other issues. What about the ethical and biblical perspectives of spying on everyday people? Government spying in the line of duty is considered permissible for the protection of citizens. However, that also can go too far if innocent people are being spied on in their homes. Taking away American’s privacy could teeter on the characteristics of a communist society.
Biblically speaking, should Christians draw the line when it comes to spying? Granted, God commissioned spies during biblical days. However, at the same time, the Bible clearly reflects God’s displeasure at some of the acts spies do because repeatedly committing such acts will make one a liar and a thief.
First Peter says, “Put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.” So perhaps the real issue here is not about spies and flying drones. Perhaps it’s really about trust. Pray that the American people would seek to please God as they pursue trustworthy lives.
Holly Meade is a communications specialist, writer, speaker and teacher with a master’s degree in mass communication. She has extensive experience in creating and producing content for radio, television and the Internet.
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