(a fictional? scenario)
Federal Agent (Knock Knock)
Citizen – Hello
Federal Agent – Hello I am Joe, and I am with the Bureau Of Past Crimes. May I come in?
Citizen – Sure … I guess … What’s wrong?
Federal Agent – The State Department’s PR division asked us to look into your past. They said you have been giving the US government a hard time in your blogs and sullying its reputation.
Citizen – I thought I had a Constitutional right of free speech? And don’t you need a warrant?
Federal Agent – You certainly do, but know the government has a right to look into your past and charge you with the crimes you have committed. As far as the warrant is concerned, Fred write up a warrant.
Agent Fred – Just printed it up.
Citizen – Do I need a lawyer?
Federal Agent – If you are allowed one, the government will provide it. Fred where is my laptop?
Agent Fred – Right here sir.
Federal Agent – It says right here that you have downloaded over 500 songs from the Internet, what do you have to say for yourself?
Citizen – I never downloaded any songs.
Federal Agent – Did you listen to any songs you didn’t pay for?
Citizen – YouTube, but that- —
Federal Agent – They were downloaded into your temporary file space. Did you know that you could be fined up to $150,000 for each song?
Citizen – (About to faint) How did you know?
Federal Agent – It’s all in the NSA database, they are very thorough.
Citizen – I thought Congress outlawed the collection of personal data?
Federal Agent – That was overturned by the FISA Court. Now let’s get to the matter at hand. I understand you have a problem staying under the speed limit?
Citizen – What makes you say that?
Federal Agent – Do you take your cell phone with you when you travel in the car?
Citizen – Of course.
Federal Agent – Well because it has GPS tracking we record your routes and speeds. Our records show you have accumulated $25,380 in speeding fines just in the last year. If we go back further we can probably find some more revenues.
Citizen – What makes you think I was driving and even had the cell with me?
Federal Agent – Your voice was recorded at the same time. A persons voice is very distinctive you know. It looks like you have cheated on your taxes and owe another $2100.
Citizen – I try very hard to be accurate on my taxes.
Federal Agent – Well you know the three garage sales you had last year, you never reported the income from them. We learned that from your email. I also see that you have a big stash of gold and silver. Fred 6 months ago he talked about a secret compartment under the kitchen sink to the right. Look there.
Agent Fred – Here it is sir. Looks to be about 2 pounds of gold and maybe 5 pounds of silver.
Citizen – That’s mine, you have no right.
Federal Agent – Since you have committed fraud with your taxes, property confiscation is certainly within our right. It is called property forfeiture. We do that all the time. Fred contact the department’s real estate agent to get the sale of this house ready. I also understand that the Bureau Of Future Crimes will be visiting you soon.
A friend of mine said it well in an email recently:
We are in the valley of decision…
In the midst of living in the land of Sodom, I know the Lord has foreordained this moment in history. He has created a plumb line between the righteous and the wicked. And I know for certain, that God will not always strive with the wicked. He will let them flourish for a time, and then cut them down in a blink of an eye, just as He did in Noah, Moses, and Lot’s time.
Christians, we were born for such a time as this.
“Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
May the Lord find us faithful as we await His return.
May we be salt and light as long as we have breathe to do so:
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5: 13-15 KJV
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