Android App Created to Hide Calls and Texts

An Android app called CATE (call and text eraser) was created by Phillip Immler, a cop and law student, to hide what you don’t want your spouse to see on your phone.  No joke. In the online story, the author quotes Immler:

“I had a good friend of mine who went through a divorce because his wife was finding things on his phone. It intercepts call and text messages from people on your lists and stores it within the app,” says Immler.

The author continues:

Only the app owner has the passcode to unlock the contacts he or she decides should be hidden from view. There’s already buzz over the app online.

Divorce attorney Robin Roshkind says while the app may promise to hide your infidelity, it won’t stop a determined woman or man wanting to know the truth.

The story ends by quoting Immler again, when he says that he doesn’t condone cheating. Really, Immler? Yet you help adulterous people hide their sin from their spouse?  This is not surprising–this is the way the world works.  God has spoken of actions such as these–listen to Paul’s words:

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them (Romans 1:28-32; my emphasis).

The good news of Jesus is that even adulterers and those who approve of adultery can be saved: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Rom. 10:9).

Life Theology

Tiger Woods: “I have a lot to atone for.”

Tiger Woods made a short statement today.  He spoke for about 14 minutes.  He talked a lot about his selfishness and foolishness.  He said he has bitterly disappointed everyone in that press room.  Here are some quotes from Woods during the conference:

  • “I’m ashamed to have put you [my friends and business partners] in this position.”
  • “I have a lot to atone for.”
  • “Elin has shown enormous grace and poise in this ordeal.”
  • “I thought I could get rid of whatever I wanted to…I thought normal rules didn’t apply to me.”
  • “I felt I was entitled [to temptations].  Thanks to money and fame, I didn’t have to go far to find them.”
  • “I have brought shame…to kids all around the world who have admired me.”
  • “My failures have made me look at myself in a way I never wanted to before.”
  • “It’s up to me to make amends.”
  • “It’s up to me to start living a life of integrity.”
  • “I have heard before: It’s not what you achieve in life that matters.  It’s what you overcome.”
  • “Character and decency are what really count [in life].”
  • “It’s hard to admit that I need help.  But I do.”
  • “I’ve taken the first steps in the right direction.”
  • “The issues [between Elin and me] are between a husband and a wife.”
  • “I know above all, I am the one who needs to change…I owe it to everyone to become a better man…Part of that for me, is Buddhism.  Buddhism teaches that when there is a craving for things outside ourselves, I need to learn restraint.”

I could say thousands of things about this press conference, but I’ll keep it at one thing.  He said, “I have a lot to atone for.”  Woods doesn’t need to make atonement.  Jesus already made it.  As Brit Hume has already said, Jesus Christ offers Tiger Woods something that Tiger Woods desperately needs.

I’m glad Woods made the statement.  I think he was sincere, but I hope he looks outside himself to Jesus, instead of what he has within.  And I can only pray that God opens his eyes to see that.

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