Automatic Sinks and Human Responsibility

More and more, different stores and restaurants are starting to use sinks and toilets with built in motion detectors.  Part of it I know is for sanitary reasons.  If you do not have to touch it, then you do not have to worry about coming in contact with any germs.  The second reason (I think it is the real reason), you do not have to worry about some prankster or absent minded person letting the water run.  We as humans are unable to handle cutting the water on and off.  It is too much for us to handle.

Often our culture tries to look for ways to blame someone else for their problems.  If a child is struggling in the school, the parents will blame the teacher.  If a politician lies or does something wrong, they fear taking personal responsibility.  If a marriage fails, both sides are willing to put all the blame on the other person instead of seeing their own short comings.  We promote not taking the blame for something as a society far too often.  We will comfort our friends by saying something is not their fault when it clearly was.  If we lash out at a clerk at the store we tell ourselves that we were either having a bad day, or we try to justify their behavior by saying we were provoked.

As Christians we should know better.  We should strive to be salt and light in our world, while being honest about who we are.  We are still sinners, even though we are forgiven.  We will never be perfect, but we are called to strive for perfection.  The Bible has a lot to say about taking personal respectability for your actions.  Here are a few verses:

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. – II Corinthians 5:10 ESV

Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. – Proverbs 28:13 ESV

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. – II Timothy 1:7 ESV

As Christians we are to be prepared to give an answer for what we have done, and be real with the world about who we are.  This planet is craving authenticity, and we need to be the ones to show it to them.

 

P.S.  You might have noticed this picture has a Matrix moment in it.  You can see my reflection in the picture.  There is a scene during the movie where the camera zooms in on a door knob, and you can clearly see the camera.  I think it is considered the one movie that has the most mistakes.  Here is a pic of it.

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