Friday, October 14, 2011

A Glimpse of Freedom Online

Covenant Eyes is a company that creates and administers software to “protect your family online”.  I have been blessed by using their Accountability software for the past two years.  It is simple, relatively inexpensive, and very helpful in keeping your accountable for what you view online.  

The software is easy to install and even easier to use.  It works by keeping a log of all Internet usage on every computer and device on which it is installed (it can be installed on multiple machines and devices, all for the same monthly rate).  From this log it “looks” for suspicious search terms and websites.  Then Covenant Eyes generates an email to men who I have designated every two or four weeks.   This tool has been invaluable in the battle for my eyes.  At the cost of around $8/ month it is worth every penny!  

In addition to a great Accountability software, Covenant Eyes maintains a blog and a podcast which are extremely beneficial.  There are amazing stories of families who were devastated by pornography, but redeemed back by the power of Christ.  There are heart-wrenching looks at the devastation caused by pornography in the lives of women who pose for it, yet whose lives can be put back together by the forgiveness and healing of Jesus.  There are eye-opening looks at how pornography actually feeds the demand for human trafficking of children.

I cannot recommend Covenant Eyes enough because of its help in guarding my eyes in our sex-saturated culture.  If you have struggled, are struggling, or think there may even be a remote chance of struggling, Covenant Eyes would be a great resource for you!  Prior to having Covenant Eyes we didn’t have the Internet at home because of the high-level of temptation on the web today.  Today I know that there are men who will look through my Covenant Eyes report and ask me the hard questions.   The software is awesome, but only if you have a network of people to hold you accountable.

What an amazing glimpse of how the body of Christ is to help and encourage one another.  It reminds me of Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

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