Here’s an understatement: the internet can be a tempting place.
Each of us is tempted in different ways. It may not be porn – you may spend too much time watching football, or visit celebrity gossip sites to indulge in the latest scandals and vanities.
You have options for responding to these temptations:
- Don’t go online. This might sound unreasonable, but then again, Jesus’ command to cut off whatever causes you to sin indicates that avoiding hell is important enough to warrant a severe response. Perhaps more of us need to consider this option more seriously.
- Use internet filters to restrict the content you can access. These can be helpful, but they have their limitations.
- Use accountability software (and related tools) to track and report on the content you access. With accountability software, you choose the people you would like to receive reports and alerts on what you have viewed online. This is a powerful incentive to resist the devil in those moments of temptation.
Of course, neither internet filters nor accountability software will “cure” you from the lure of temptation. We don’t stop pursuing sinful desires because of filters or software, but because God transforms our heart and gives us new, better desires.
But in your pursuit of holiness, these tools are an important weapon to add to your arsenal against temptations online.