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The NSA and the Mark of the Beast

We've seen a wave of news stories about the National Security Agency's (NSA) data collection program, but here's a preachable story about a facility called the Utah Data Center that the NSA built in the Utah desert. James Bamford writes: "The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital 'pocket litter.'"

Possible Preaching Angle:

It's a bit shocking, and blogger Rod Dreher compares it to the Mark of the Beast, but you don't have to connect this story with the Book of Revelation. It's even tougher to keep secrets from God. After all, do you think God knows less about us than the NSA? Doesn't God already know all of our "personal data trails" and "digital pocket litter"—and yet still love us?

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