The internet whore

She sits at the door of her house; she takes a seat on the highest places of the town, calling to those who pass by, who are going straight on their way, Whoever is simple, let him turn in here! And to him who lacks sense she says, Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol [the grave]. -Proverbs 9:14-18

The safest road to Hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. – C.S. Lewis

If every Christian family in the country put Covenant Eyes on their home computers, I bet that the majority of mothers would be shocked at what the logs show. Allowing a teen, or perhaps even ol’ dad, to use a high-speed connection privately in the home, without quality logging/filtering software, is asking for trouble. In the case of a teen, you might as well let a whore live in the house.

“Well, my Billy wouldn’t do that.” Don’t be so sure. Kids involved with this stuff know the game, and they know you don’t. Many are getting good practice at deception as they play in the shadows, sowing the seeds of their own destruction.

The story isn’t out yet on what a massive problem this is. What crop will arise from the seed sown in this culture? What fruit will the porn-enslaved internet generation bring forth? Lord, help us.

In the meantime, do you want to help your child avoid the way that leads to enslavement, and to seek instead the far superior joys of holiness in Christ’s kingdom? Here are a few ideas:

  • Pray that your kids will not pierce themselves with many sorrows in this area.
  • Dad (or single mom), put accountability / filtering software on your computers. Pay the money.
  • Mom, learn about the sites your kids are using. (I say “Mom” because Dad probably should avoid the possibility of visual temptation). Check the Covenant Eyes report or your filter logs and visit some of the sites that show higher scores and find out what is being visited. Take the time. You’ll get used to it and it’ll only take a few minutes a week. You’re preparing your kids for the day when they will be on their own; hopefully they will want to remain accountable then. High-speed internet isn’t going away.
  • Spread the word to the parents of your kid’s friends. If you protect your kids, you don’t want some other kid’s parents to leave the sewer hole open.
  • Refer to internet resources like Focus on the Family, American Family Association, and other anti-porn groups. These groups are more “up” on the latest stuff than, well, this aging Gen-Xer for one.

By the way, I think this is one of the most useful areas where a Christian mother can learn the ropes and serve other families in the church as we press forward in our sanctification. Knowledge in this area is sorely lacking.

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