The Word on the Week


The Wikileak website has achieved prominence these last few weeks by releasing some of its “classified” documents to the media. Apparently its founder, 39 year old Australian Julian Assange, has obtained 250,000 US diplomatic cables so we will be hearing a lot more about what the US thinks about other countries! Understandably the US has blocked his website but Julian has been in this business since 2006 and has allegedly 20 websites in other countries from which he can broadcast this material. Just how he came by this sensitive material is causing the US some consternation. It appears that a soldier was accumulating the cables, presumably on disc, and made a deal with Julian. Some US politicians are calling this an act of treason but Julian reckons he is simply correcting the free speech deficit that exists! There are those who agree with him and liken the US clampdown on his website to China’s censoring of Google which the US scorned. Julian, who is somewhere in Britain, is the subject of a European arrest warrant issued by authorities in Sweden, where he is accused of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion. It seems that Julian may have been pursuing more than free speech! What has the Bible to say? There is an almost universal notion that God is both blind and deaf. That things done in secret will never come to light. That so long as others do not find us out, all will be well. “Your secret is safe with me” assumes a consistency humans are seldom capable of. This idea of an impotent God was voiced by Isaiah in Chapter 29 verse 15 which reads Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the LORD, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?” The US diplomats thought their work was being done in secret with no-one to see what was going on. They thought that through encryption no-one would know. Now it is being broadcast through the world wide web! Jesus spoke of a day when all will be revealed – There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the rooftops. (Saint Luke chapter 12 verses 2 & 3) We may not have stolen US “classified” documents or been involved in sexual crimes but we need the Psalmist’s prayer: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting”.