Last month, police in Kennewick, Washington received a report of a break-in in a local office furniture business. It did not take the police long to discover who the invader was—a 17-year-old young man.
It did not take the authorities long because he left a clear electronic trail. It seems that once inside, the young man logged onto the company computer and accessed several websites—including his MySpace page. Even worse, he attempted to sell items online that he planned to steal from the store.
The young man made the same mistake most people make. What he assumed was done in secret, in reality, was seen by a much larger audience. It is the same for all of us. Even in secret, our deeds, even our thoughts, are being seen by a larger audience. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit see all.
I am not asking this reminder make us more legalistic, avoiding wrong simply to avoid getting caught. I do hope it will cause us to be respectful of God, and to remember Scripture does not hesitate to remind us that God will hold us accountable for our thoughts and actions.