The faint, far-off results of those energies which God’s creative rapture implanted in matter when He made the worlds are what we now call physical pleasures; and even thus filtered, they are too much for our present management. -C.S. Lewis, from The Weight of Glory
For this is the will of God, your sanctification… -1 Thess 4:3
Lewis’s quote is so true, but without downplaying these lifelong, colossal struggles, aren’t “addictions” often just sinful habits? We do things not only because we’re inclined to do them, but because we are used to doing them. If it’s too easy to wander on the internet, make it harder to seek after “strange women” (Prov 22:14) by using Covenant Eyes. It lets you go where you please on the internet, but all activity is logged and can be viewed later by an accountability partner (wife, parent, friend) in a tidy report. Covenant Eyes also offers filtering software that blocks porn sites. We just use the accountability software, and it has never caused any compatibility problems on our machine. A little “CE” icon minds its own business on our taskbar.
Since I last wrote about Covenant Eyes, they’ve revised the look of their accountability report and upgraded the scoring system. There’s good news and bad news here. The bad news is that the overall score provided by the new scoring system is useless. The good news is that the accountability report is much easier to read. The report lists the sites that have the highest scores, then further down it will show you the specific pages in those sites that score highly. The system isn’t perfect. Sometimes the report catches stuff on sites like cnn.com that are inoffensive and yet get moderately high scores. However, when you see cnn.com you know that there’s nothing of concern there other than their usual political bias. Really, Covenant Eyes does a great job at a daunting task. You should be able to sweep through the report in a few minutes a week once you know what to look for.
Comments are open. I’d be curious to hear reviews from users of Covenant Eyes filtering.