Feeling Totally Out of Place

January 20, 2014 at 2:49 PM 3 comments

by Fred DeRuvo

Technology has captured our minds.

Technology has captured our minds.

My wife and I took the day to head north and do a bit of shopping. As we walked around the mall, all I could think of was how out-of-place I felt. All around me were signs for Pravda, Christian Dior, and a ton of other shops that sold high-end clothing and accessories. There was a Microsoft store and above it on the 2nd floor was an Apple store. There were shoe stores, coat stores and many other stores where you could spend a ton of money that most people simply don’t have anymore.

I mentioned feeling out-of-place to my wife and she agreed. We watched people walking around the mall – many of them on their phones (and Lord, what would we do without those?) – or sifting through the clothing, the make-up, the shoes, and all the rest. I turned to my wife and asked, who spends this kind of money on these clothes and why? It’s all so superficial.

I pointed out how quickly superficiality has overtaken society. In fact, I find that most people won’t talk about how bad the economy is getting or why it’s getting worse. They won’t discuss the problems in the Middle East or how the Bible speaks to these issues. It appears that most people – even many church goers – would rather talk about the normal things in life. They want to talk about football or basketball and many of them act as though things will go on as normal since that’s the way it’s always been.

Don’t get me wrong. Enjoying a sports event is relaxing and fun. It is a diversion and should be seen as that. It is not life itself. Too many focus on the things that they consider to be normal. Doing so makes them feel the world isn’t so bad after all. The normal things become their anchor in an ever-changing world.

Isn’t that what Jesus said would happen? “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be,” (Matthew 24:37-39).

During the time leading up to the Flood, people did the ordinary things in life. They got married, gave their daughters away in marriage, they bought and sold, lived and died. This was normal. They were not prepared for the coming Flood mainly because they did not take the time to prepare for it, if they knew it was coming.

Today, people go through life with no seeming regard for life’s true realities. They spend money they don’t have. They live as if they are kings and queens and in general, they are focused mainly (sometimes only) on the normal things in life. This is in spite of the fact that judgment is on its way. Even if you do not believe that judgment is on its way, then at least admit that 150,000 people die every day, many of whom are not Christians.

People are losing perspective on life because of technology. You’ve heard of “license plate readers.” These are cameras mounted on police vehicles or high on light poles. They take photos of every car that passes them. That information is stored into a database and read. A police officer can determine everything he/she needs to know about the car and driver, and (in some cases) determine whether the owner of that vehicle has a concealed weapons permit.

In one recent case, law enforcement in Maryland pulled over a vehicle traveling through from Florida. The first question the officer asked the driver was where his gun was because a Florida concealed weapons permit has no reciprocity in Maryland. The family was detained for just under one hour while the police took everything out of the car and searched all contents and the car. They found no weapons and were allowed to go on their way, but the impact on privacy is something that we should be greatly concerned about. Yet, many seem oblivious to it. In this case, the driver had deliberately left his weapon at home, but the police did not believe him until they had exhausted their search.

England has so many video cameras that it is impossible to go outside and never be filmed or tracked. People get used to that because they do not remember that they are there. In many cases, people never look up to remind themselves that cameras are everywhere.

While my wife and I were in that mall, we were under surveillance. I only thought of it occasionally and that’s because we don’t see cameras out in the open that often. We see instead, a black half-circle in the ceiling that covers a camera.

We’ve gotten used to being watched. We’ve gotten used to being plugged into technology. We are not only being told what to buy, what to wear, and how to look and act, but we are being constantly monitored and most of us don’t even think of it or care about it. We fail to see the ramifications.

I realize I feel out-of-place because I’m simply not of this world. My citizenship is with God in heaven and one day, I will physically be there to enjoy all the fruits of the salvation that He has graciously and lovingly bestowed on me.

Until then, I will continue to feel as though I’m not really part of this world and I’m glad.

Entry filed under: Religious - Christian - End Times, Religious - Christian - Theology, salvation.

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3 Comments

  • 1. Pam Goolsby  |  January 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    very well put and my husband and I fell the same way, he likes all the cool things he calls TOYS, for me I have no home phone and never turn the cell on unless I am a way by my self, street corner camera’s are always noticed, and then a few chosen words for them and the fools that placed them there. Yep judgement day will catch up to all of them, they just have no clue, and to stick their head in the sand, will bring a bigger surprise to them when the bottom comes up and the top goes down, it’s on the way unless people wake up, take the head out of the sand and come to realize we are in big trouble, as for me If I had a child in their teens right now, he would be with out all this tec stuff and taken to the mountains to live, what people think is so “neat and “cool” now is going to come back and bit them. I was sitting out with the extended family one nite most are the 30 some things, all on the phones and instead of talking to each other it was texting and not even 2 ft apart, needless to say, I went in the house, turned out to be a very quite night, where they should have been talking laughing and telling scary stories around that wonderful fire, at that point I asked myself if after all this with the new tec stuff and no one talking, are people even going to know how to speak and hold a good old conversation?

    Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:49:26 +0000 To: pam.56@hotmail.com

  • 2. Lester  |  January 20, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Oh Fred! You think the east coast is weird. California is just La La Land, especially the large city areas. Big Brother has been watching us for a long time now. I wish we had not been taught to point our anger at the Fascists and Commies as children as we played those war games as kids. It’s hard to get that out of the mind and here we are surrounded by the enemy in good ole USA. If I didn’t have the same understanding of the Kingdom Of God soon to come, I would be playing the reality of those childhood games. So many people do not register their guns because of what you said. I wonder, will there be a time that things go head to head in this country? It seems so sad that all the conflicts fought and all those who died for freedom seem in vain! I know the Lord said no more will He flood the earth. However what will come?? I’ve been out of this world for many years. I was invisible for a long time but now I know I’m very visible and recorded in cyberspace. Oh well even so come Lord Jesus!

  • 3. Cheryl  |  January 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Here’s to not fitting in! Bless you from one spiritual foreigner to another. For we are looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God…….


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