Our Rights to (Not) Privacy

I was listening to Jim Yost a recent weekend and something he said really challenged me.

He was talking about serving as a missionary in a tribal area of Indonesia, he had to give up his sense of privacy as everyone followed him and watched him. Activities like bathing, doing devotionals, sleeping were often done with spectators.

He reflected on his experience and said something along the lines of:

“Privacy is not a biblical right. It’s not a biblical concept. Privacy in our culture is often just a way to hide sin. If there’s no privacy, then we’re forced to be accountable to our actions in the context of community.”

This is really profound.

I’m so challenged to remove the mindset of having a closed door life. But to make my life transparent to all. Because honestly God sees everything anyways.


Phillip Chan

Phil has been writing for 10 years. His passion is to grow in his love for Jesus to obey his purposes in our generation.

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