Pornography is ripping people lives apart. As parents and Christians, we need to be so careful to guard against temptation and to keep ourselves and our children accountable.
80% BRITISH TEENS VIEW PORNOGRAPHY (Friday Church News Notes, June 18, 2010, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) – A survey in England has found that more than 80% of teens aged 14 to 16 “regularly access hardcore photographs and footage” on their home computers or mobile phones (“Third of Children,” Daily Mail, June 7, 2010). Further, one-third of children have accessed online pornography by age 10. The report states that parents appear to be unaware of the risk to their children and in many cases are unable to keep up with their computer-literate kids. The truth is that parents today are so often addicted to pornography themselves and are so hardened by sin that they don’t care what is happening to the children. (Today’s R-rated movies would have been deemed pornography just a few decades ago.) We wonder what the results would be if a similar survey could be taken in Bible-believing churches. I have no doubt that it would be much lower, but pornography is a major moral issue that has seeped into every sphere of life because of modern technology, and if parents are not extremely cautious about what they allow in their homes and if they are not extremely watchful of their children, they can easily fall to the devil’s wiles. All cellphone and computer usage by children and young people should be under strict parental control. Computers should only be used in a public family situation where parents can see what is being accessed. Filters and other controls should be in place. I have found Covenant Eyes to be very helpful. Husbands need to be accountable to their wives, and wives to their husbands, as a safeguard in this vile age. I have heard of many men falling to the sin of pornography and many women leaving their families after meeting men online. Don’t allow this to happen to you or your family. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).