I’ve always loved technology; it’s always come naturally to me. The best Christmas gift I ever got was an Atari 2600 game system, back when a controller was one joystick with one red button.
But Space Invaders aside, as technology seeks to make our lives easier, it also becomes more complex. To make your thoughts available on the web for the world to see, you need a server to host your site, a software platform to write and manage your posts, a domain to point people to, and so on. And while some people seek to write and create, others seek to hack and destroy.
Over the past year, we’ve been battling some hackers. Don’t know why, but we have. Instead of lamenting on Facebook or Twitter our trials with this, I made the call to just turn the other cheek. At first they inserted lines of code into our sites to help their sites gain better search results on Google and the like; nothing you’d notice surfing our sites. When we found and removed that code, other things would pop up and we’d remove those too. It was a nuisance to be sure and I thought of just wiping everything clean on our server, but we had so many different websites hosted there (over a dozen); it was hard to justify wiping out a ten year archive of content not to mention how to figure out how they were getting in.
Finally this summer, they thought they’d make my decision for me. They deleted 90% of the directories containing our websites from the server.
Once again, I decided not to go to social media wailing about persecution from the evil hackers and I turned the other cheek once more. Why do I make this point again? Am I trying to puff myself up into this super-spiritual being? No.
It’s because the hackers are just like me.
Even though I call myself a Christian, my nature, at it’s root, is just like the hacker’s. It’s all about me. Getting noticed. Getting respect. Getting what I want. Getting my point across. Getting my jollies.
Romans 7:18 confirms this:
“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.”
I’m starting to see a correlation on social media, that the people that are the most easily outraged are the least self-aware of their own sin and sinful nature. They don’t see the true meaning of, “there but for the grace of God go I.” That it’s a heart of humility to identify with those that are different from you, that attack or oppress you.
Of our three biggest sites, GodGuy.com is up and running again (obviously,) and HungryPlanet.net is back up and 80% complete. GodGirl.com wasn’t affected. As for GodGuy.com, only a few of the original posts are here, but there’s something refreshing about starting from scratch. Like moving from middle school to high school. Yeah, it’s a little intimidating, but you get to remake yourself and carry yourself in a way that might make this new experience a little bit smoother learning from the mistakes of your past. This site is for anyone searching for who God meant them to be.
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” – 1 Peter 5:10