The key­words for today are “Secrecy” and “Transparency.”

There are good secrets and bad secrets. Things to be con­cealed and things to be revealed. Some peo­ple want to know, oth­ers want to hide.

Secrecy is an valu­able com­mod­ity. From uni­ver­si­ties that want to pro­tect pro­fes­sors’ aca­d­e­mic free­dom by keep­ing their con­tro­ver­sial view­points from pub­lic crit­i­cism to the Cen­tral Intel­li­gence Agency’s pro­tec­tion of inter­na­tional sources, secrecy and con­fi­den­tial­ity allows orga­ni­za­tions and gov­ern­ments to effec­tively achieve their goals with a degree of free­dom and flexibility.

On the other hand, trans­parency is also valu­able. For instance, with­out whis­tle blow­ers, the Amer­i­can peo­ple would never have learned about the tor­ture of Iraqi pris­on­ers of war at Abu Ghraib and the United States would not have recently apol­o­gized for pur­posely infect­ing 696 Guatemalan pris­on­ers, sol­diers, and men­tal patients with syphilis in the 1940s. (For that story, see http://​www​.guardian​.co​.uk/​w​o​r​l​d​/​2​0​1​0​/​o​c​t​/​0​1​/​u​s​-​a​p​o​l​o​g​y​-​g​u​a​t​e​m​a​l​a​-​s​y​p​h​i​l​i​s​-​t​e​sts)

After 9/11 when the United States went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush admin­is­tra­tion was roundly crit­i­cized for keep­ing things too pri­vate, and when Pres­i­dent Obama took office, he promised a dif­fer­ent approach the Admin­is­tra­tion issued a mem­o­ran­dum called “Trans­parency and Open Gov­ern­ment” which is still vis­i­ble online at http://​www​.white​house​.gov/​t​h​e​_​p​r​e​s​s​_​o​f​f​i​c​e​/​T​r​a​n​s​p​a​r​e​n​c​y​a​n​d​O​p​e​n​G​o​v​e​r​n​m​e​nt/

In the memo, Obama said, “My Admin­is­tra­tion is com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing an unprece­dented level of open­ness in Gov­ern­ment. We will work together to ensure the pub­lic trust and estab­lish a sys­tem of trans­parency, pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion, and col­lab­o­ra­tion. Open­ness will strengthen our democ­racy and pro­mote effi­ciency and effec­tive­ness in Government.

In the age of the Inter­net, infor­ma­tion can be shared on a world­wide basis at the speed of light. The recent Wik­ileaks rev­e­la­tions of State Depart­ment com­mu­ni­ca­tions, which were dis­persed through the estab­lished media, have caused a great deal of embar­rass­ment for the United States diplo­matic corps, and may in fact harm inter­na­tional rela­tions. In response, we can expect that it will be more dif­fi­cult for rep­re­sen­ta­tives to oper­ate, and we can also expect attempts to cur­tail free­dom of speech.

They have also showed the Amer­i­can peo­ple the pre­car­i­ous sit­u­a­tion in which we find our­selves by try­ing to bal­ance between com­pet­ing national inter­ests. For instance, we are eco­nom­i­cally tied to China which has been shar­ing tech­nol­ogy with Iran. But we are tied by oil to Saudi Ara­bia whose lead­er­ship wants the U.S. to attack Iran.

Other leaks from other sources have showed us that the Fed­eral Reserve secretly bailed out Gen­eral Elec­tric and other U.S. com­pa­nies to the com­bined tune of tril­lions of dol­lars. The Fed had long said that it needed com­plete secrecy to run the U.S. econ­omy and we can only hope that rev­e­la­tions along these lines will not hurt our inter­na­tional credit rating.

If you remem­ber the old Road Run­ner car­toons, Wiley Coy­ote can run over the side of the cliff and will hang in mid-air until he looks down and sees what the sit­u­a­tion is. It is then that he falls. Hope­fully the same will not hap­pen if China and other major cred­i­tor nations look and see that the Fed has printed money beyond its value in order to prop up a per­cep­tion of credit wor­thi­ness. Right now, the Fed’s veil of secrecy is pro­vid­ing the buffer between Wiley and the bot­tom of the canyon.

So what’s the moral to this story? We can learn that we can­not always trust what is on the sur­face because other things may be lurk­ing below although you can go crazy try­ing to fig­ure it out. We can see that secrets can pro­tect good and bad activ­i­ties, and that when there is harm being com­mit­ted it is not a bad thing for peo­ple to stand up and say so. We can also learn that the path of a whis­tle blower is fraught with peril as peo­ple with mul­ti­ple inter­ests or fear of asso­ci­a­tion will agree to “shoot the mes­sen­ger” and for this rea­son that some secrets, like the Guatemalan exper­i­ments, may not be revealed for decades.

On a spir­i­tual angle, the Bible has some­thing to say about both secrecy and trans­parency. In Luke 8:17 Jesus says that there’s no point in try­ing to look good in pub­lic while doing evil in pri­vate. “For there is noth­ing hid­den that will not be dis­closed, and noth­ing con­cealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.”

If we want to avoid liv­ing life in fear of society’s spot­light, there is a sim­ple stan­dard — live life as if you’re in a fish­bowl in the mid­dle of Times Square. When the spot­light hits, peo­ple will see good things and crit­i­cism of you will be because they can’t han­dle the bright­ness of your good­ness, not because they find actual fault with you.

But even if you should suf­fer for the sake of right­eous­ness, you are blessed. and do not fear their intim­i­da­tion and do not be trou­bled, but sanc­tify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to every­one who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gen­tle­ness and rev­er­ence; and keep a good con­science so that in the thing in which you are slan­dered, those who revile your good behav­ior in Christ will be put to shame. For it is bet­ter, if God should will it so, that you suf­fer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.”
1 Peter 3:14–17 (NIV).

###

 
 

4 Comments

  1. PastorOvidiu says:

    Many peo­ple heard about Wik­ileaks story these days, but not every­one have clues what is all about. It is not my inten­tion do offer a detailed ana­lyt­i­cal report, but rather to put this land­mark of the his­tory into a spir­i­tual context.

    The cor­po­rate web­sites of Visa and Mas­ter­Card were inac­ces­si­ble at times Wednes­day due to an appar­ent cyber-attack by sup­posed Wik­ileaks back­ers, in response to recent moves by Visa and Mas­ter­card against Wik­ileaks, the web­site that recently released thou­sands of secret U.S. State Depart­ment documents.

    A mem­ber of the Anony­mous group of activist pro-Wikileaks, which has been tar­get­ing firms it sees as being anti-Wikileaks has said the cam­paign, is not over. He told the BBC that “thou­sands” of peo­ple had joined up in what he described as a “war of data”. Never in the his­tory, were peo­ple able to polar­ize them­selves around an issue with the demand and speed wit­nessed by this “Pay­back Operation”.

    We started to face not only the rumor of a new kind of war, but last week we found our­selves con­cerned about this new “cyber war”. The Wik­ileaks affair proves how vul­ner­a­ble our soci­ety is now that we’ve become a Web-based soci­ety. Elab­o­rate com­puter net­works, on which daily life in Amer­ica depends, can cause dev­as­ta­tion on every­thing when word-wide cyber forces con­t­a­m­i­nate them. The cyber war is not a con­ven­tional war, with horses and spears, or even with tanks or AK-47, but the war is on data.

    In fact this type of war reminded me of another war that begun long time ago and still hot and fought in many aspects of human life: the Great Con­tro­versy between Light and dark­ness, between Good and evil, between Christ and Satan.

    What are the rea­sons for war? Even though most of our world wars are fought for greed and fool­ish pride, wars are also fought for more noble rea­sons. Some started in order to lib­er­ate peo­ple from slav­ery and to save a nation (US Civil War). Other are started to stop a per­son from com­mit­ting hor­ri­ble mas­sacre mur­ders that would con­tinue if not stopped (WW2 Ger­many). Wars are started to enforce Rule of Law on an area or nation that severely represses the peo­ple liv­ing there to inhu­mane lev­els. (Con­flicts in Africa). In spite of the fact that a war is expected to solve the rea­son it was started, and assum­ing that was a good rea­son, unfor­tu­nately wars on earth does not deter­mine who is right, but only who is left.

    Rev­e­la­tion 12: 7–12 describes the first war… I don’t believed it was fought with swords like in R&H old pic­tures, but was essen­tially a medi­atic war on data, infor­ma­tional war…
    What­ever “accu­sa­tion” means, this is a very ungodly pat­tern, and the result of the war in heaven it was to removed the “accuser” from the heav­enly places and hurled him down. Among the lit­tle infor­ma­tion we have regard­ing the act of “accu­sa­tion”, we noticed that “the accuser” accused our broth­ers and sis­ter before God day and night. We are not told any­where that these were false accu­sa­tion, but seems that the facts pre­sented were less impor­tant then the pat­tern in itself. Seems that the accuser had access to some “clas­si­fied infor­ma­tion” about humans, and for a spe­cific rea­son God wanted that infor­ma­tion to be not used against His children.

    The same pat­ter is in Job 1:6–11. You may ask your­self: What’s wrong with accus­ing some­one for what he/she had done dis­hon­est? Our soci­ety is built on a sys­tem that will col­lapse with­out a DA, a Dis­trict Attor­ney who’s pri­mary respon­si­bil­ity is to pros­e­cute those who’ve done wrong. The jus­tice is some­thing that we may run the entire life to find it. The law­break­ers are pros­e­cuted when they dis­re­gard the norms and reg­u­la­tions of the soci­ety they are liv­ing within. Not enforc­ing the Law cre­ates anar­chy in our soci­ety. Is God advo­cat­ing for dis­or­der? Do you sense a level of dichotomy in this godly-related environments?

    Let’s go for a minute to the study case we started with, Wik­ileaks, and see what are the two antag­o­nisms they face into their con­flict. One party claims the eth­i­cal right of the peo­ple to have access to secret doc­u­ments in order to authen­ti­cate the lead­ers account­abil­ity and the other party claims the ille­gal­ity of the peo­ple to have access to clas­si­fied doc­u­ments, as long as they remained secret. If you can observe into the two exam­ples we are look­ing into right now, Wik­ileaks and The Great Con­tro­versy, we can iden­tify a instance that not only will com­pli­cate a juridi­cal process, but it will make impos­si­ble to solve it into our earthly con­text. The war is not look­ing for who is right from legal point of view, and also is not look­ing for an eth­i­cal solu­tion only.

    Because we don’t have the entire pic­ture of the Wik­ileaks case, and also is not the pur­pose of the church to be involved in pol­i­tics, it is not my inten­tion to ana­lyze the par­ties and declare one right or wrong. But we can use some details of this pub­lic story for answer­ing some legit­i­mate ques­tions and also to extract some great prin­ci­ple and apply these prin­ci­ples into the con­text of the Great Con­tro­versy Story.

    First, who is the con­sumer of the secrets when they are revealed into the pub­lic domain?

    Our soci­ety faces 3 lev­els of gen­eral pub­lic:
    1. “The Smart Guys” – the Lead­ers. (3–5 % of total pop­u­la­tion)
    2. The Inde­pen­dents – this peo­ple are tak­ing sides when evi­dence is pro­vided, and may change their side accord­ing with the data and facts. (7–9 % of the total pop­u­la­tion).
    3. The Crowds – the great­est group of curi­ous peo­ple, wait­ing for action, great sen­sa­tion and why not, blood, to sat­isfy the great need of enter­tain­ment. (84–90% of total pop­u­la­tion). They don’t care who is wrong and right, and because of igno­rance 85% of this group have no idea how to read or what to look for on a scar­i­fied doc­u­ment. They demand pub­lic exe­cu­tion and they are not wait­ing for the jus­tice depart­ment to bring an objec­tive res­o­lu­tion of the sit­u­a­tion. Today they will crown the hero, and tomor­row will cry “cru­cify Him” – remem­ber Jesus. And the pic­ture from Revelation13 is a dark one — this seg­ment will be rady to receive “the mark of the beast” and help the author­i­ties to rein­force the beast-law…

    Sec­ond, how Jesus han­dled the clas­si­fied infor­ma­tion, he always had access at? In fact before this ques­tion, it will be appro­pri­ate to ask if Jesus really had access to secrets?
    – Matt 9:4 “Jesus knew what they were think­ing, so he asked them, “Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts?”
    – Mark 2:8 “Jesus knew imme­di­ately what they were think­ing, so he asked them, “Why do you ques­tion this in your hearts?”
    – John 2:25 “He did not need man’s tes­ti­mony about man, for he knew what was in a man.”
    – Luke 9:47 “But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he brought a lit­tle child to his side.”
    – Matt 12:25 “Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every king­dom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or house­hold divided against itself will not stand.”
    – Rev 2:23 “I will strike her chil­dren dead. Then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches out the thoughts and inten­tions of every per­son. And I will give to each of you what­ever you deserve.”

    Def­i­nitely Jesus had full access to the secrets and clas­si­fied infor­ma­tion of his time.
    What Jesus did with the infor­ma­tion he knew?
    1. He did not used what He knew against any­body, espe­cially not against his own dis­ci­ples. He knew every­thing about them and despite the con­se­quences that may come from a human prospec­tive, he treated them with love and teach them pas­sion for others.

    I got this illus­tra­tion from Mor­ris Venden — a con­tem­po­rary “back­ground check” requested by Jesus, as he con­sid­ered his dis­ci­ples:
    TO: Jesus, Son of Joseph, Wood­crafters Car­pen­ter Shop, Nazareth
    FROM: Jor­dan Man­age­ment Con­sul­tants, Jerusalem
    Dear Sir:
    Thank you for sub­mit­ting the resumes of the twelve men you have picked for man­age­r­ial posi­tions in your new orga­ni­za­tion. All of them have now taken our bat­tery of tests; and we have not only run the results through our com­puter, but also arranged per­sonal inter­views for each of them with our psy­chol­o­gist and voca­tional apti­tude con­sul­tant. The pro­files of all tests are included, and you will want to study each of them care­fully.
    As part of our ser­vice, we make some gen­eral com­ments for your guid­ance, much as an audi­tor will include some gen­eral state­ments. This is given as a result of staff con­sul­ta­tion, and comes with­out any addi­tional fee.
    It is the staff opin­ion that most of your nom­i­nees are lack­ing in back­ground, edu­ca­tion and voca­tional apti­tude for the type of enter­prise you are under­tak­ing. They do not have the team con­cept. We would rec­om­mend that you con­tinue your search for per­sons of expe­ri­ence in man­age­r­ial abil­ity and proven capa­bil­ity.
    Simon Peter is emo­tion­ally unsta­ble and given to fits of tem­per. Andrew has absolutely no qual­i­ties of lead­er­ship. The two broth­ers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, place per­sonal inter­est above com­pany loy­alty. Thomas demon­strates a ques­tion­ing atti­tude that would tend to under­mine morale. We feel that it is our duty to tell you that Matthew has been black­listed by the Greater Jerusalem Bet­ter Busi­ness Bureau. James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thad­deus def­i­nitely have rad­i­cal lean­ings, and they both reg­is­tered a high score on the manic-depressive scale.
    One of the can­di­dates, how­ever, shows great poten­tial. He is a man of abil­ity and resource­ful­ness, meets peo­ple well, has a keen busi­ness mind and has con­tacts in high places. He is highly moti­vated, ambi­tious and respon­si­ble. We rec­om­mend Judas Iscar­iot as your con­troller and right-hand man. All the other pro­files are self-explanatory.
    We wish you every suc­cess in your new ven­ture.
    Sin­cerely yours,
    Jor­dan Man­age­ment Consultants

    2. John 8: 1–11(v6). He did not revealed the infor­ma­tion about the Jews’ lead­ers evil­ness, in spite of the fact that they needed a great les­son and the proof of their account­abil­ity. He did not sat­isfy the crowds, telling them what was going on, but he wrote with His fin­ger on the ground? What exactly? We don’t know and nobody knows.

    3. Matt 26:6; Mark 14:3 – Jesus used the clas­si­fied infor­ma­tion to teach Simon a very impor­tant les­son, but He did it in a way that no one else noticed Simon prob­lem, but he him­self. Every time Jesus appealed to the human hearts he intended to melt them with His love. Curios­ity and infor­ma­tion is dan­ger­ous for igno­rant peo­ple. Exam­ple: peo­ple of Israel look­ing inside the Ark of the Covenant. (1 Samuel 6:19).

    How impor­tant is to know the strat­egy of your adver­sary (enemy)? Satan is busy doing a lot of things, and espe­cially he is busy accus­ing the brethren. This is why is impor­tant to read the strat­egy of the enemy who wants to keep you his for­ever pris­oner. Adolph Hitler wrote his book, Mein Kampf, in 1925-vol 1 and 1926 – vol2, where he told exactly how he would con­quer Europe. The world said that he would not do it, but he did it just like he wrote it.

    God gave us a Book that tells all about our enemy, our adver­sary. We are not con­cerned enough to pick up the Book and read about our adver­sary or read about our resources or read how they will attack us, or read how he will use us. Unless we stay in the book and read the book, then the Devil really has a hay-day with us.

    Lessons from Wik­ileaks players:

    1. We are under attack at any time, and Satan will do the best he can to keep us far from read­ing the strat­egy that may defeat him. The bat­tle is to reveal the secrets and the clas­si­fied doc­u­ments to every­one being attacked by the enemy. Take you Scrip­ture out of the dusty self and start edu­cat­ing your­self in the war strat­egy. We don’t have the option to escape the war. The refuse to became pro­fi­cient, will not make us win­ners, but vic­tims.
    2. The com­mit­ment and desire to resist against pop­u­lar trend is part of the strat­egy.
    3. Always the War put a great risk on the play­ers. You may be arrested, wounded or even killed at any time dur­ing the bat­tle. (Assange was arrested on Tues­day)
    4. We have noth­ing to hide and we need to be account­able to oth­ers.
    5. Chris­tians can be accused and blamed by the crowds, even when we can­not be proved guilty of any charge.
    6. You back­bone faith and also the lack of fear will moti­vate peo­ple to take sides into the Great Con­tro­versy set­ting. The issue of wor­ship is essen­tial for every per­son. The ques­tion is not if we are going to wor­ship, but whom? Jesus or Satan?
    7. The glob­al­iza­tion solves the very easy prob­lem of peo­ple polar­iza­tion. In the terms of min­utes, peo­ple around the world are tak­ing sides pro and cons, regard­less their geo­graph­i­cal loca­tion, lan­guage, nation or reli­gion.
    8. Hours before Julian Assange was arrested, the finan­cial insti­tu­tion sus­pended his finan­cial accounts, long before a trial or proved guilty of any inequity. The details of Rev. 13:16–17 are very easy com­ing to light in this pic­ture.
    9. Don’t go to war in your power, but make sure to have the high­est level of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the gen­eral who never lost any bat­tle.
    10. Eph­esians 6:10–18. Put on the whole armor of God.
    May our Lord ful­fils His promise of Rev 21:7, he or she who over­comes shall inherit all things, and I will be His God and they shall be my chil­dren, to every­one here today.
    Ovidiu Rad­ulescu and Florin Liga

  2. PastorOvidiu says:

    Many peo­ple heard about Wik­ileaks story these days, but not every­one have clues what is all about. It is not my inten­tion do offer a detailed ana­lyt­i­cal report, but rather to put this land­mark of the his­tory into a spir­i­tual context.

    The cor­po­rate web­sites of Visa and Mas­ter­Card were inac­ces­si­ble at times Wednes­day due to an appar­ent cyber-attack by sup­posed Wik­ileaks back­ers, in response to recent moves by Visa and Mas­ter­card against Wik­ileaks, the web­site that recently released thou­sands of secret U.S. State Depart­ment documents.

    A mem­ber of the Anony­mous group of activist pro-Wikileaks, which has been tar­get­ing firms it sees as being anti-Wikileaks has said the cam­paign, is not over. He told the BBC that “thou­sands” of peo­ple had joined up in what he described as a “war of data”. Never in the his­tory, were peo­ple able to polar­ize them­selves around an issue with the demand and speed wit­nessed by this “Pay­back Operation”.

    We started to face not only the rumor of a new kind of war, but last week we found our­selves con­cerned about this new “cyber war”. The Wik­ileaks affair proves how vul­ner­a­ble our soci­ety is now that we’ve become a Web-based soci­ety. Elab­o­rate com­puter net­works, on which daily life in Amer­ica depends, can cause dev­as­ta­tion on every­thing when word-wide cyber forces con­t­a­m­i­nate them. The cyber war is not a con­ven­tional war, with horses and spears, or even with tanks or AK-47, but the war is on data.

    In fact this type of war reminded me of another war that begun long time ago and still hot and fought in many aspects of human life: the Great Con­tro­versy between Light and dark­ness, between Good and evil, between Christ and Satan.

    What are the rea­sons for war? Even though most of our world wars are fought for greed and fool­ish pride, wars are also fought for more noble rea­sons. Some started in order to lib­er­ate peo­ple from slav­ery and to save a nation (US Civil War). Other are started to stop a per­son from com­mit­ting hor­ri­ble mas­sacre mur­ders that would con­tinue if not stopped (WW2 Ger­many). Wars are started to enforce Rule of Law on an area or nation that severely represses the peo­ple liv­ing there to inhu­mane lev­els. (Con­flicts in Africa). In spite of the fact that a war is expected to solve the rea­son it was started, and assum­ing that was a good rea­son, unfor­tu­nately wars on earth does not deter­mine who is right, but only who is left.

    Rev­e­la­tion 12: 7–12 describes the first war… I don’t believed it was fought with swords like in R&H old pic­tures, but was essen­tially a medi­atic war on data, infor­ma­tional war…
    What­ever “accu­sa­tion” means, this is a very ungodly pat­tern, and the result of the war in heaven it was to removed the “accuser” from the heav­enly places and hurled him down. Among the lit­tle infor­ma­tion we have regard­ing the act of “accu­sa­tion”, we noticed that “the accuser” accused our broth­ers and sis­ter before God day and night. We are not told any­where that these were false accu­sa­tion, but seems that the facts pre­sented were less impor­tant then the pat­tern in itself. Seems that the accuser had access to some “clas­si­fied infor­ma­tion” about humans, and for a spe­cific rea­son God wanted that infor­ma­tion to be not used against His children.

    The same pat­ter is in Job 1:6–11. You may ask your­self: What’s wrong with accus­ing some­one for what he/she had done dis­hon­est? Our soci­ety is built on a sys­tem that will col­lapse with­out a DA, a Dis­trict Attor­ney who’s pri­mary respon­si­bil­ity is to pros­e­cute those who’ve done wrong. The jus­tice is some­thing that we may run the entire life to find it. The law­break­ers are pros­e­cuted when they dis­re­gard the norms and reg­u­la­tions of the soci­ety they are liv­ing within. Not enforc­ing the Law cre­ates anar­chy in our soci­ety. Is God advo­cat­ing for dis­or­der? Do you sense a level of dichotomy in this godly-related environments?

    Let’s go for a minute to the study case we started with, Wik­ileaks, and see what are the two antag­o­nisms they face into their con­flict. One party claims the eth­i­cal right of the peo­ple to have access to secret doc­u­ments in order to authen­ti­cate the lead­ers account­abil­ity and the other party claims the ille­gal­ity of the peo­ple to have access to clas­si­fied doc­u­ments, as long as they remained secret. If you can observe into the two exam­ples we are look­ing into right now, Wik­ileaks and The Great Con­tro­versy, we can iden­tify a instance that not only will com­pli­cate a juridi­cal process, but it will make impos­si­ble to solve it into our earthly con­text. The war is not look­ing for who is right from legal point of view, and also is not look­ing for an eth­i­cal solu­tion only.

    Because we don’t have the entire pic­ture of the Wik­ileaks case, and also is not the pur­pose of the church to be involved in pol­i­tics, it is not my inten­tion to ana­lyze the par­ties and declare one right or wrong. But we can use some details of this pub­lic story for answer­ing some legit­i­mate ques­tions and also to extract some great prin­ci­ple and apply these prin­ci­ples into the con­text of the Great Con­tro­versy Story.

    First, who is the con­sumer of the secrets when they are revealed into the pub­lic domain?

    Our soci­ety faces 3 lev­els of gen­eral pub­lic:
    1. “The Smart Guys” – the Lead­ers. (3–5 % of total pop­u­la­tion)
    2. The Inde­pen­dents – this peo­ple are tak­ing sides when evi­dence is pro­vided, and may change their side accord­ing with the data and facts. (7–9 % of the total pop­u­la­tion).
    3. The Crowds – the great­est group of curi­ous peo­ple, wait­ing for action, great sen­sa­tion and why not, blood, to sat­isfy the great need of enter­tain­ment. (84–90% of total pop­u­la­tion). They don’t care who is wrong and right, and because of igno­rance 85% of this group have no idea how to read or what to look for on a scar­i­fied doc­u­ment. They demand pub­lic exe­cu­tion and they are not wait­ing for the jus­tice depart­ment to bring an objec­tive res­o­lu­tion of the sit­u­a­tion. Today they will crown the hero, and tomor­row will cry “cru­cify Him” – remem­ber Jesus. And the pic­ture from Revelation13 is a dark one — this seg­ment will be rady to receive “the mark of the beast” and help the author­i­ties to rein­force the beast-law…

    Sec­ond, how Jesus han­dled the clas­si­fied infor­ma­tion, he always had access at? In fact before this ques­tion, it will be appro­pri­ate to ask if Jesus really had access to secrets?
    – Matt 9:4 “Jesus knew what they were think­ing, so he asked them, “Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts?”
    – Mark 2:8 “Jesus knew imme­di­ately what they were think­ing, so he asked them, “Why do you ques­tion this in your hearts?”
    – John 2:25 “He did not need man’s tes­ti­mony about man, for he knew what was in a man.”
    – Luke 9:47 “But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he brought a lit­tle child to his side.”
    – Matt 12:25 “Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every king­dom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or house­hold divided against itself will not stand.”
    – Rev 2:23 “I will strike her chil­dren dead. Then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches out the thoughts and inten­tions of every per­son. And I will give to each of you what­ever you deserve.”

    Def­i­nitely Jesus had full access to the secrets and clas­si­fied infor­ma­tion of his time.
    What Jesus did with the infor­ma­tion he knew?
    1. He did not used what He knew against any­body, espe­cially not against his own dis­ci­ples. He knew every­thing about them and despite the con­se­quences that may come from a human prospec­tive, he treated them with love and teach them pas­sion for others.

    I got this illus­tra­tion from Mor­ris Venden — a con­tem­po­rary “back­ground check” requested by Jesus, as he con­sid­ered his dis­ci­ples:
    TO: Jesus, Son of Joseph, Wood­crafters Car­pen­ter Shop, Nazareth
    FROM: Jor­dan Man­age­ment Con­sul­tants, Jerusalem
    Dear Sir:
    Thank you for sub­mit­ting the resumes of the twelve men you have picked for man­age­r­ial posi­tions in your new orga­ni­za­tion. All of them have now taken our bat­tery of tests; and we have not only run the results through our com­puter, but also arranged per­sonal inter­views for each of them with our psy­chol­o­gist and voca­tional apti­tude con­sul­tant. The pro­files of all tests are included, and you will want to study each of them care­fully.
    As part of our ser­vice, we make some gen­eral com­ments for your guid­ance, much as an audi­tor will include some gen­eral state­ments. This is given as a result of staff con­sul­ta­tion, and comes with­out any addi­tional fee.
    It is the staff opin­ion that most of your nom­i­nees are lack­ing in back­ground, edu­ca­tion and voca­tional apti­tude for the type of enter­prise you are under­tak­ing. They do not have the team con­cept. We would rec­om­mend that you con­tinue your search for per­sons of expe­ri­ence in man­age­r­ial abil­ity and proven capa­bil­ity.
    Simon Peter is emo­tion­ally unsta­ble and given to fits of tem­per. Andrew has absolutely no qual­i­ties of lead­er­ship. The two broth­ers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, place per­sonal inter­est above com­pany loy­alty. Thomas demon­strates a ques­tion­ing atti­tude that would tend to under­mine morale. We feel that it is our duty to tell you that Matthew has been black­listed by the Greater Jerusalem Bet­ter Busi­ness Bureau. James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thad­deus def­i­nitely have rad­i­cal lean­ings, and they both reg­is­tered a high score on the manic-depressive scale.
    One of the can­di­dates, how­ever, shows great poten­tial. He is a man of abil­ity and resource­ful­ness, meets peo­ple well, has a keen busi­ness mind and has con­tacts in high places. He is highly moti­vated, ambi­tious and respon­si­ble. We rec­om­mend Judas Iscar­iot as your con­troller and right-hand man. All the other pro­files are self-explanatory.
    We wish you every suc­cess in your new ven­ture.
    Sin­cerely yours,
    Jor­dan Man­age­ment Consultants

    2. John 8: 1–11(v6). He did not revealed the infor­ma­tion about the Jews’ lead­ers evil­ness, in spite of the fact that they needed a great les­son and the proof of their account­abil­ity. He did not sat­isfy the crowds, telling them what was going on, but he wrote with His fin­ger on the ground? What exactly? We don’t know and nobody knows.

    3. Matt 26:6; Mark 14:3 – Jesus used the clas­si­fied infor­ma­tion to teach Simon a very impor­tant les­son, but He did it in a way that no one else noticed Simon prob­lem, but he him­self. Every time Jesus appealed to the human hearts he intended to melt them with His love. Curios­ity and infor­ma­tion is dan­ger­ous for igno­rant peo­ple. Exam­ple: peo­ple of Israel look­ing inside the Ark of the Covenant. (1 Samuel 6:19).

    How impor­tant is to know the strat­egy of your adver­sary (enemy)? Satan is busy doing a lot of things, and espe­cially he is busy accus­ing the brethren. This is why is impor­tant to read the strat­egy of the enemy who wants to keep you his for­ever pris­oner. Adolph Hitler wrote his book, Mein Kampf, in 1925-vol 1 and 1926 – vol2, where he told exactly how he would con­quer Europe. The world said that he would not do it, but he did it just like he wrote it.

    God gave us a Book that tells all about our enemy, our adver­sary. We are not con­cerned enough to pick up the Book and read about our adver­sary or read about our resources or read how they will attack us, or read how he will use us. Unless we stay in the book and read the book, then the Devil really has a hay-day with us.

    Lessons from Wik­ileaks players:

    1. We are under attack at any time, and Satan will do the best he can to keep us far from read­ing the strat­egy that may defeat him. The bat­tle is to reveal the secrets and the clas­si­fied doc­u­ments to every­one being attacked by the enemy. Take you Scrip­ture out of the dusty self and start edu­cat­ing your­self in the war strat­egy. We don’t have the option to escape the war. The refuse to became pro­fi­cient, will not make us win­ners, but vic­tims.
    2. The com­mit­ment and desire to resist against pop­u­lar trend is part of the strat­egy.
    3. Always the War put a great risk on the play­ers. You may be arrested, wounded or even killed at any time dur­ing the bat­tle. (Assange was arrested on Tues­day)
    4. We have noth­ing to hide and we need to be account­able to oth­ers.
    5. Chris­tians can be accused and blamed by the crowds, even when we can­not be proved guilty of any charge.
    6. You back­bone faith and also the lack of fear will moti­vate peo­ple to take sides into the Great Con­tro­versy set­ting. The issue of wor­ship is essen­tial for every per­son. The ques­tion is not if we are going to wor­ship, but whom? Jesus or Satan?
    7. The glob­al­iza­tion solves the very easy prob­lem of peo­ple polar­iza­tion. In the terms of min­utes, peo­ple around the world are tak­ing sides pro and cons, regard­less their geo­graph­i­cal loca­tion, lan­guage, nation or reli­gion.
    8. Hours before Julian Assange was arrested, the finan­cial insti­tu­tion sus­pended his finan­cial accounts, long before a trial or proved guilty of any inequity. The details of Rev. 13:16–17 are very easy com­ing to light in this pic­ture.
    9. Don’t go to war in your power, but make sure to have the high­est level of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the gen­eral who never lost any bat­tle.
    10. Eph­esians 6:10–18. Put on the whole armor of God.
    May our Lord ful­fils His promise of Rev 21:7, he or she who over­comes shall inherit all things, and I will be His God and they shall be my chil­dren, to every­one here today.
    Ovidiu Rad­ulescu and Florin Liga

  3. PastorOvidiu says:

    Many peo­ple heard about Wik­ileaks story these days, but not every­one have clues what is all about. It is not my inten­tion do offer a detailed ana­lyt­i­cal report, but rather to put this land­mark of the his­tory into a spir­i­tual context.

    The cor­po­rate web­sites of Visa and Mas­ter­Card were inac­ces­si­ble at times Wednes­day due to an appar­ent cyber-attack by sup­posed Wik­ileaks back­ers, in response to recent moves by Visa and Mas­ter­card against Wik­ileaks, the web­site that recently released thou­sands of secret U.S. State Depart­ment documents.

    A mem­ber of the Anony­mous group of activist pro-Wikileaks, which has been tar­get­ing firms it sees as being anti-Wikileaks has said the cam­paign, is not over. He told the BBC that “thou­sands” of peo­ple had joined up in what he described as a “war of data”. Never in the his­tory, were peo­ple able to polar­ize them­selves around an issue with the demand and speed wit­nessed by this “Pay­back Operation”.

    We started to face not only the rumor of a new kind of war, but last week we found our­selves con­cerned about this new “cyber war”. The Wik­ileaks affair proves how vul­ner­a­ble our soci­ety is now that we’ve become a Web-based soci­ety. Elab­o­rate com­puter net­works, on which daily life in Amer­ica depends, can cause dev­as­ta­tion on every­thing when word-wide cyber forces con­t­a­m­i­nate them. The cyber war is not a con­ven­tional war, with horses and spears, or even with tanks or AK-47, but the war is on data.

    In fact this type of war reminded me of another war that begun long time ago and still hot and fought in many aspects of human life: the Great Con­tro­versy between Light and dark­ness, between Good and evil, between Christ and Satan.

    What are the rea­sons for war? Even though most of our world wars are fought for greed and fool­ish pride, wars are also fought for more noble rea­sons. Some started in order to lib­er­ate peo­ple from slav­ery and to save a nation (US Civil War). Other are started to stop a per­son from com­mit­ting hor­ri­ble mas­sacre mur­ders that would con­tinue if not stopped (WW2 Ger­many). Wars are started to enforce Rule of Law on an area or nation that severely represses the peo­ple liv­ing there to inhu­mane lev­els. (Con­flicts in Africa). In spite of the fact that a war is expected to solve the rea­son it was started, and assum­ing that was a good rea­son, unfor­tu­nately wars on earth does not deter­mine who is right, but only who is left.

    Rev­e­la­tion 12: 7–12 describes the first war… I don’t believed it was fought with swords like in R&H old pic­tures, but was essen­tially a medi­atic war on data, infor­ma­tional war…
    What­ever “accu­sa­tion” means, this is a very ungodly pat­tern, and the result of the war in heaven it was to removed the “accuser” from the heav­enly places and hurled him down. Among the lit­tle infor­ma­tion we have regard­ing the act of “accu­sa­tion”, we noticed that “the accuser” accused our broth­ers and sis­ter before God day and night. We are not told any­where that these were false accu­sa­tion, but seems that the facts pre­sented were less impor­tant then the pat­tern in itself. Seems that the accuser had access to some “clas­si­fied infor­ma­tion” about humans, and for a spe­cific rea­son God wanted that infor­ma­tion to be not used against His children.

    The same pat­ter is in Job 1:6–11. You may ask your­self: What’s wrong with accus­ing some­one for what he/she had done dis­hon­est? Our soci­ety is built on a sys­tem that will col­lapse with­out a DA, a Dis­trict Attor­ney who’s pri­mary respon­si­bil­ity is to pros­e­cute those who’ve done wrong. The jus­tice is some­thing that we may run the entire life to find it. The law­break­ers are pros­e­cuted when they dis­re­gard the norms and reg­u­la­tions of the soci­ety they are liv­ing within. Not enforc­ing the Law cre­ates anar­chy in our soci­ety. Is God advo­cat­ing for dis­or­der? Do you sense a level of dichotomy in this godly-related environments?

    Let’s go for a minute to the study case we started with, Wik­ileaks, and see what are the two antag­o­nisms they face into their con­flict. One party claims the eth­i­cal right of the peo­ple to have access to secret doc­u­ments in order to authen­ti­cate the lead­ers account­abil­ity and the other party claims the ille­gal­ity of the peo­ple to have access to clas­si­fied doc­u­ments, as long as they remained secret. If you can observe into the two exam­ples we are look­ing into right now, Wik­ileaks and The Great Con­tro­versy, we can iden­tify a instance that not only will com­pli­cate a juridi­cal process, but it will make impos­si­ble to solve it into our earthly con­text. The war is not look­ing for who is right from legal point of view, and also is not look­ing for an eth­i­cal solu­tion only.

    Because we don’t have the entire pic­ture of the Wik­ileaks case, and also is not the pur­pose of the church to be involved in pol­i­tics, it is not my inten­tion to ana­lyze the par­ties and declare one right or wrong. But we can use some details of this pub­lic story for answer­ing some legit­i­mate ques­tions and also to extract some great prin­ci­ple and apply these prin­ci­ples into the con­text of the Great Con­tro­versy Story.

    First, who is the con­sumer of the secrets when they are revealed into the pub­lic domain?

    Our soci­ety faces 3 lev­els of gen­eral pub­lic:
    1. “The Smart Guys” – the Lead­ers. (3–5 % of total pop­u­la­tion)
    2. The Inde­pen­dents – this peo­ple are tak­ing sides when evi­dence is pro­vided, and may change their side accord­ing with the data and facts. (7–9 % of the total pop­u­la­tion).
    3. The Crowds – the great­est group of curi­ous peo­ple, wait­ing for action, great sen­sa­tion and why not, blood, to sat­isfy the great need of enter­tain­ment. (84–90% of total pop­u­la­tion). They don’t care who is wrong and right, and because of igno­rance 85% of this group have no idea how to read or what to look for on a scar­i­fied doc­u­ment. They demand pub­lic exe­cu­tion and they are not wait­ing for the jus­tice depart­ment to bring an objec­tive res­o­lu­tion of the sit­u­a­tion. Today they will crown the hero, and tomor­row will cry “cru­cify Him” – remem­ber Jesus. And the pic­ture from Revelation13 is a dark one — this seg­ment will be rady to receive “the mark of the beast” and help the author­i­ties to rein­force the beast-law…

    Sec­ond, how Jesus han­dled the clas­si­fied infor­ma­tion, he always had access at? In fact before this ques­tion, it will be appro­pri­ate to ask if Jesus really had access to secrets?
    – Matt 9:4 “Jesus knew what they were think­ing, so he asked them, “Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts?”
    – Mark 2:8 “Jesus knew imme­di­ately what they were think­ing, so he asked them, “Why do you ques­tion this in your hearts?”
    – John 2:25 “He did not need man’s tes­ti­mony about man, for he knew what was in a man.”
    – Luke 9:47 “But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he brought a lit­tle child to his side.”
    – Matt 12:25 “Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every king­dom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or house­hold divided against itself will not stand.”
    – Rev 2:23 “I will strike her chil­dren dead. Then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches out the thoughts and inten­tions of every per­son. And I will give to each of you what­ever you deserve.”

    Def­i­nitely Jesus had full access to the secrets and clas­si­fied infor­ma­tion of his time.
    What Jesus did with the infor­ma­tion he knew?
    1. He did not used what He knew against any­body, espe­cially not against his own dis­ci­ples. He knew every­thing about them and despite the con­se­quences that may come from a human prospec­tive, he treated them with love and teach them pas­sion for others.

    I got this illus­tra­tion from Mor­ris Venden — a con­tem­po­rary “back­ground check” requested by Jesus, as he con­sid­ered his dis­ci­ples:
    TO: Jesus, Son of Joseph, Wood­crafters Car­pen­ter Shop, Nazareth
    FROM: Jor­dan Man­age­ment Con­sul­tants, Jerusalem
    Dear Sir:
    Thank you for sub­mit­ting the resumes of the twelve men you have picked for man­age­r­ial posi­tions in your new orga­ni­za­tion. All of them have now taken our bat­tery of tests; and we have not only run the results through our com­puter, but also arranged per­sonal inter­views for each of them with our psy­chol­o­gist and voca­tional apti­tude con­sul­tant. The pro­files of all tests are included, and you will want to study each of them care­fully.
    As part of our ser­vice, we make some gen­eral com­ments for your guid­ance, much as an audi­tor will include some gen­eral state­ments. This is given as a result of staff con­sul­ta­tion, and comes with­out any addi­tional fee.
    It is the staff opin­ion that most of your nom­i­nees are lack­ing in back­ground, edu­ca­tion and voca­tional apti­tude for the type of enter­prise you are under­tak­ing. They do not have the team con­cept. We would rec­om­mend that you con­tinue your search for per­sons of expe­ri­ence in man­age­r­ial abil­ity and proven capa­bil­ity.
    Simon Peter is emo­tion­ally unsta­ble and given to fits of tem­per. Andrew has absolutely no qual­i­ties of lead­er­ship. The two broth­ers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, place per­sonal inter­est above com­pany loy­alty. Thomas demon­strates a ques­tion­ing atti­tude that would tend to under­mine morale. We feel that it is our duty to tell you that Matthew has been black­listed by the Greater Jerusalem Bet­ter Busi­ness Bureau. James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thad­deus def­i­nitely have rad­i­cal lean­ings, and they both reg­is­tered a high score on the manic-depressive scale.
    One of the can­di­dates, how­ever, shows great poten­tial. He is a man of abil­ity and resource­ful­ness, meets peo­ple well, has a keen busi­ness mind and has con­tacts in high places. He is highly moti­vated, ambi­tious and respon­si­ble. We rec­om­mend Judas Iscar­iot as your con­troller and right-hand man. All the other pro­files are self-explanatory.
    We wish you every suc­cess in your new ven­ture.
    Sin­cerely yours,
    Jor­dan Man­age­ment Consultants

    2. John 8: 1–11(v6). He did not revealed the infor­ma­tion about the Jews’ lead­ers evil­ness, in spite of the fact that they needed a great les­son and the proof of their account­abil­ity. He did not sat­isfy the crowds, telling them what was going on, but he wrote with His fin­ger on the ground? What exactly? We don’t know and nobody knows.

    3. Matt 26:6; Mark 14:3 – Jesus used the clas­si­fied infor­ma­tion to teach Simon a very impor­tant les­son, but He did it in a way that no one else noticed Simon prob­lem, but he him­self. Every time Jesus appealed to the human hearts he intended to melt them with His love. Curios­ity and infor­ma­tion is dan­ger­ous for igno­rant peo­ple. Exam­ple: peo­ple of Israel look­ing inside the Ark of the Covenant. (1 Samuel 6:19).

    How impor­tant is to know the strat­egy of your adver­sary (enemy)? Satan is busy doing a lot of things, and espe­cially he is busy accus­ing the brethren. This is why is impor­tant to read the strat­egy of the enemy who wants to keep you his for­ever pris­oner. Adolph Hitler wrote his book, Mein Kampf, in 1925-vol 1 and 1926 – vol2, where he told exactly how he would con­quer Europe. The world said that he would not do it, but he did it just like he wrote it.

    God gave us a Book that tells all about our enemy, our adver­sary. We are not con­cerned enough to pick up the Book and read about our adver­sary or read about our resources or read how they will attack us, or read how he will use us. Unless we stay in the book and read the book, then the Devil really has a hay-day with us.

    Lessons from Wik­ileaks players:

    1. We are under attack at any time, and Satan will do the best he can to keep us far from read­ing the strat­egy that may defeat him. The bat­tle is to reveal the secrets and the clas­si­fied doc­u­ments to every­one being attacked by the enemy. Take you Scrip­ture out of the dusty self and start edu­cat­ing your­self in the war strat­egy. We don’t have the option to escape the war. The refuse to became pro­fi­cient, will not make us win­ners, but vic­tims.
    2. The com­mit­ment and desire to resist against pop­u­lar trend is part of the strat­egy.
    3. Always the War put a great risk on the play­ers. You may be arrested, wounded or even killed at any time dur­ing the bat­tle. (Assange was arrested on Tues­day)
    4. We have noth­ing to hide and we need to be account­able to oth­ers.
    5. Chris­tians can be accused and blamed by the crowds, even when we can­not be proved guilty of any charge.
    6. You back­bone faith and also the lack of fear will moti­vate peo­ple to take sides into the Great Con­tro­versy set­ting. The issue of wor­ship is essen­tial for every per­son. The ques­tion is not if we are going to wor­ship, but whom? Jesus or Satan?
    7. The glob­al­iza­tion solves the very easy prob­lem of peo­ple polar­iza­tion. In the terms of min­utes, peo­ple around the world are tak­ing sides pro and cons, regard­less their geo­graph­i­cal loca­tion, lan­guage, nation or reli­gion.
    8. Hours before Julian Assange was arrested, the finan­cial insti­tu­tion sus­pended his finan­cial accounts, long before a trial or proved guilty of any inequity. The details of Rev. 13:16–17 are very easy com­ing to light in this pic­ture.
    9. Don’t go to war in your power, but make sure to have the high­est level of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the gen­eral who never lost any bat­tle.
    10. Eph­esians 6:10–18. Put on the whole armor of God.
    May our Lord ful­fils His promise of Rev 21:7, he or she who over­comes shall inherit all things, and I will be His God and they shall be my chil­dren, to every­one here today.
    Ovidiu Rad­ulescu and Florin Liga

  4. […] Secrecy v. Trans­parency – Wik­ileaks and the Gospel (Michael Peabody, Reli​gious​Lib​erty​.TV, 11 Dec 2010) […]

Post a Comment