Amazon has inadvertently revealed what very well could be a reality for many Christians in the future.
Amazon, one of the world’s largest companies, locked a man out of his smart home after he was falsely accused of saying something that the tech giant did not agree with.
Brandon Jackson of Baltimore, Maryland, came home on May 25 only to find that he could not get into his own house. Brandon was using Amazon Echo, which controls many of the features of his home – including the locks to the doors.
He thought it was only a glitch in the system, but later learned that Amazon had taken control of his property by freezing his Echo Account when a delivery driver, dropping off a package, accused him of using racist language.
Brandon reports that he was not even home when the package was dropped off!
There was no proof, no trial, no remedial system for rebuttal. Amazon was the judge, jury, and executioner and Brandon was guilty without a trial. His punishment was to be locked out of his own home.
Brandon, who is black, contested that it is ‘highly unlikely’ he would have made racist comments to the delivery driver.
A review of the video footage revealed that the driver was wearing headphones when he delivered the package, making it even less likely that the he could have heard a racist comment, even if one were made.
This specific even should be highly concerning for Christians, because even though this incident was triggered by false flags of racism, it could easy be turned against Biblical beliefs.
Christians are increasingly releasing control over their lives to corporations that hold extreme disdain for their Biblical beliefs. In China, we have seen travel restricted, bank accounts frozen, and access to public places forbidden because of a person’s personal faith.
Now imagine if a company like Amazon could control access to your home like they did with Brandon Jackson and you make a private comment that is overheard by your phone, computer or other listening device about homosexual marriage, abortion, or gender transition for children. What if Amazon, or a company like Amazon, could lock you out of your bank accounts, car, grocery stores, or even deny you access to ‘energy controlled’ electric water faucets or refrigerators?
Could this actually happen? Can it be done?
Amazon just proved that it can.