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We Know Where You Are?

Yesterday was a fine spring day in Feltham. Accordingly,given the clemency of the weather, we went for a walk in the late afternoon to the nearby disused running track. Later in the evening I saw a message on my phone saying: “How was Feltham Running Track?” Presumably, I had had my phone in my coat pocket and my location had been logged.

This all just alerted me to the fact that technology has made it so easy for us all to be traced. Similar experiences occur after a search has been made online to purchase a certain product. From this ensues the popping up on my screen, of all kinds of adverts for the product I had been searching for.

Now I do not want to get overly paranoid about these happenings, but it does provoke me to muse upon the amount of surveillance there is around. Through my online activity, use of mobile phone, bank/credit card use and car use so much data is available to the authorities about me, my movements, my interests and my activities.

Two thoughts arise:

  • I should be careful of my behaviour. Of course that should always be the case given that we are being watched by our all-seeing and all-knowing God. But, what of our living out of His grace in our lives? We should make sure that nothing could be recorded, with or without the knowledge of ourselves which would mar our testimony for the Lord.
  • With all this information available should the authorities turn hostile towards us as Christians (or for any other group for that matter), they could soon trace us and our activities and connections. Such leads on to some natural fear about what may be ahead. But we should be simultaneously reminded of how God knows all and watches over His people for their good.

 

Web-sites

I do not have any expertise in the creation of web-sites. So I do not make comment on this subject as a technical expert, but simply as an end-user. I want to make a comment on two issues:

  • Complexity. Some web-sites are just too complex. this manifest in two ways
    1. The presentation on the page just looks daunting. Everything just seems to be a jumble of information. Therefore the site is intimidating and does not draw you in to engage with it. Therefore, you are deterred from engaging with the organisation the site represents. This is completely counter-productive for organisations like churches which want to draw people to them.
    2. It means that finding information is made unnecessarily difficult. For example, with a church, if you are looking for the service times, which is a basic piece of information that visitors to a site might be interested in, you want to have it clear immediately upon looking at the site where this information can be found.
  • Out-of-date. To come to a site and find that it has out-of-date information is a big let down and a certain impression is conveyed through this. The image is that of an organisation which has a “cannot be bothered” character to it. It shows an organisation where casualness prevails. An up-to-date website shows that it represents those who are sharp and want to do their best to present everything in the best possible way. It is not a recommendation to the Lord or his gospel to have out-of-date information on a web-site.

I do not begin to say that we as a church at Feltham have the most sophisticated web-site. However, I do hope that it is not too complex and it has up-to-date information. Click here to see it.

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