In recent days, Sony Pictures’ computer network was hacked, apparently by a group calling itself the “Guardians of Peace.”1 So far, the hackers have leaked about 40 gigabytes of sensitive company data from computers belonging to Sony Pictures, including full copies of yet-unreleased films, personal information about employee salaries, performance reviews, emails. The hackers claim to have stolen even more data. And that’s not all. This week, CBS’ 60 Minutes reported that 2014 “will go down as the ‘year of the data breach.’” On that show, Bill Whitaker reported that “There are scores of sinister online shopping bazaars where cyberthieves put their goods up for sale. Think Amazon.com for thieves.”
To humans, privacy is valued almost as basically as food and shelter. Privacy rights are legally guaranteed in America. We are shocked and troubled when private information about us becomes known. Ultimately, however, there is no such thing as human privacy, because God knows everything.2 A classic biblical text on God’s omniscience is Psalms 139:
O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether (1-4;).
We cannot hide anything from God. This is comforting to those who serve Him (God knows our righteous hearts even if men falsely accuse us), and ought to be terrifying to those who do not (even if men think we are exemplary, God knows inner rebellion). Would you be glad for Jesus to see what is on your hard drive, in your email accounts, or on your social media sites? (He already knows these contents.)
The Sony books have been opened, for better or worse. Some Sony employees are probably saddened because their disappointing professional evaluations have become public knowledge and future job prospects damaged. Other employees may be happy that their glowing evaluations are out. Remember that the book of deeds will be opened for each of us on the day when the Lord makes His perfectly just evaluation of our lives (Revelation 20:11-12; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Only by the grace available in Christ will any of us pass that great test.
Sony’s leak is nothing compared to the information in the book that will be opened on that great day. Are you ready for it? Are you in Christ (cf. Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:1-4)?
Kim Zetter, “Sony Got Hacked Hard: What We Know and Don’t Know So Far,” Wired, http://www.wired.com/2014/12/sony-hack-what-we-know/ (2014). ↩
See Caleb Colley, “The Omniscience of God,” Apologetics Press, http://apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=12&article=1394 (2004). ↩