Every week I see people willingly walk into full-body scanners. Because the scanners actually slow down the screening process, I have had plenty of time to observe the drones who submit. What I see is agonizing. People are obviously frustrated or angry considering the scowls on their faces. No one emits comfort to the invasion. Even more become anxious and fidgety. Clearly most think they must be guilty for simply holding a boarding pass. Innocence must therefore be a privilege granted by government agents.
There is an eeriness to this exercise that is akin to a procession slowly walking off a cliff. From a secular perspective, it is privacy and human rights that are murdered on entry into the scanners. For a Christian, yielding to a virtual strip search violates many Godly principles regarding bodily authority and privacy.
First of all, Christians should not succumb to scans that expose nudity only a spouse should cherish.
"The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does" – 1Corinthians 7:4 (NASB)
Exposing the Temple of God to the state is in effect "giving to Ceaser" what is not Ceaser’s property. Jesus bought us all with a price and as such we are not our own. The body is not ours, but God’s.
"Do you not see and know that your bodies are members (bodily parts) of Christ (the Messiah)? Am I therefore to take the parts of Christ and make [them] parts of a prostitute? Never! Never!" – 1Corinthians 6:15 (AMP)
"Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, You were bought with a price [purchased with a [b]preciousness and paid for, [c]made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body." – 1Corinthians 6:19-20 (AMP)
These same arguments are used to disparage pornography in the Christian church and can be applied in the context of full-body scanners. Christian neutrality to naked scanners is in-effect being indifferent to pornography.
There may be a large number of Christians who know better, but do not resist for fear of the state or social pressures. Isaiah 41:10 encourages us, “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
A spirit of fearfulness and passiveness does not come from God. We should be strong enough to stand firm in our convictions. A great example of this kind of boldness is found in the statement of Patrick Henry:
"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
Likewise, Galatians 5:1 makes it clear that we should live as free persons, not slaves, "Christ having made us gloriously free–stand fast and do not again be hampered with the yoke of slavery." (Weymouth) Do free people strip naked because an authority figure tells them to do so? No we do not.
It is therefore becoming of all Christians to fortify their hearts with the Will of God and refuse full-body scanners. If the Body Of Christ rises up and claims the body as a Sacred Temple then Ceaser (aka. the state) will honor it as such. Because God is the ultimate authority, civil governments can not ask us to do something that violates His own Word.
"For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good." – Romans 13:3-4 (ESV)
We are obligated to call out wrongs committed by others, including those in authority. Because the TSA is asking Christians to expose themselves with scanning machines, we should be standing up against these intrusions. Does the Bible command us to not exercise our 1st Amendment right to free speech? Rather, it tells us otherwise:
"Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?" – Psalm 94:16
May I encourage my Christian brothers and sisters in joining with me to "opt-out" of full-body scanners and receive a pat-down instead. While they proceed with the intrusive inspection, take that opportunity to minister a lesson about the true source of our Inalienable Rights and Freedoms.
"God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life." – John 3:16 (New Century Version)