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Monday, March 1, 2010

Covenant Eyes - Biblical Solution to Internet Integrity

Lately I have been online and the most ridiculous things have been appearing online that are totally inappropriate (even with blockers!). Inappropriate images and ads are considered normal now-a-days on the internet as Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc. having ads and pop-ups with suggestive content that has sexual or immoral themes. Before I was a Christian, looking at inappropriate things online with explicit content was a natural thing because everyone in high school did it, and even my neighbors had pin-ups in their garages. Now that I have been a Christian for seven years, the battle against internet immodesty and immorality has been successful but progressive. Growing in Christ and running from sin at all costs has diminished the desire to view pornographic and impure content online. Nevertheless, the temptation is there because of my flesh, so I have to be principled to flee youthful lusts (2 Tim. 2:22).

I always ask high school students if they struggle with pornography or erotic content online. They always have they same answer - yes. Why is this? It is the snare (trap) of temptation. They need something to block them from such a gateway tool the internet can be for viewing pornography. They need accountability. The internet should be called "enter temptation dot net" because the "inter-net" has become a enterance to temptation for both males and females pursuing purity and integrity.

Going online demands great discipline to have purity and integrity. There are programs out there to help block adult content and other suggestive content like family filters and so forth, but the accountability is lacking. This programed called Covenant Eyes is a biblical solution to internet integrity. It is based on Job 31:1 where Job says, "I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon a young woman?" What a great program!!! My friend Casey Kendall from Calvary Chapel High Desert told me about this program last year and how it has blessed him and those in the ministry who have signed up because of the daunting accountability and protection it provides against clicking and viewing ungodly, lustful, and sinful content. My  friends are talking about starting this up and beginning this program among each other to keep us accountable - to above reproach at all costs as we seek to serve the Lord with our whole lives. I believe it will make online more liberating and will encourage/maintain stronger purity and integrity while online, because it will send emails to those people who are on the list for ultimate accountability. Their internet monitoring service scores websites visited for mature content and sends a report to a person you choose. They can be your friend, spouse, parent or someone in ministry as your Accountability Partner, where they receive your reports about what you viewed online by email. This relationship provides new strength in avoiding temptations.

I would like to encourage you all to get some type of internet blocker like Covenant Eyes to be safe online! Don't waste your time trying to do it yourself, get signed up!


Luke Gilkerson said...

Thanks for spreading the word about Internet accountability. Come over and visit the CE blog some time for more resources to share with others!

Thanks also for your words about all the junk out there online. I find it is the "gray areas" online that are the biggest snare for me, and I'm thankful I have men I am accountable to for my Internet use.

RJ McCauley said...

Amen Luke! Thanks for the comment. Your right, those areas are tough, but just ask yourself "Is God and his holiness glorified through this?" That has always been a biblical solution for me. Hope it helps you man!

In Christ,

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