Cooperate

apple wormYes, Apple has a point. Companies shouldn’t routinely have to provide software to the FBI. There is widespread suspicion today of the government getting its nose in the tent of private businesses and people’s personal information–and not without reason. But it seems to me that James Comey’s request is narrowly tailored to this case and Apple should cooperate.

After all, doesn’t Tim Cook realize that we are at war with ISIS? I cannot imagine a firm back in World War II refusing to help defeat the Nazis under similar circumstances. There are no free agents here. In an imperfect world, you have to choose a side. Will it be ISIS or America?

And if Apple decides that it will not cooperate, will Tim Cook be liable for future attacks that were not detected? And what should the FBI do should ISIS decide to target Apple? Part of the reason Apple is free to pursue its corporate interests is because of the protection of government agencies such as the FBI. It’s time Apple realized that.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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