Technology Protection Plan
God calls us to be faithful, wise stewards of the gifts and tools he gives us. Technology in our homes that connects to the internet is one of the most powerful tools humanity has ever wielded, and with it come great benefits along with profound dangers. For anyone who owns tools that could easily inflict bodily harm, you probably have safety measures and protocols to make sure those tools are operated in the safest ways possible. The same is true for technology surrounding the internet. The dangers of going down roads of great destruction are too high to not have a proactive plan of protection for you and your family.
If you are looking for practical guidance in setting up a technology protection plan for your family, especially your children, check out our Online Course, Raising Sexually Faithful Kids: Unit 3, “Protecting: Navigating the Technological Terrain.” This Unit provides you a basic framework for how to protect your family, as well as the leading recommended software for monitoring and filtering the internet on your devices.
For those struggling with the temptation towards pornography or other sexual sin via the internet, here is a short list of steps to take along with recommended resources to explore: (Note: There is no one size fits all method. Everyone will have different needs and opportunities. The key will be to assess your particular needs with trusted people in your life. Don’t make these decisions alone)
We believe the steps outlined above are crucial for anyone ensnared by sexual sin via technology. These steps may feel burdensome and very restrictive. The extent and time which these restrictions remain will vary for each person. But this is a practical outworking of Jesus’ words to cut off that which would cause us to sin. Avoiding external temptations, when possible, is wise, prudent, and essential in the Christian life. But ultimately, temptation from without only finds traction in a heart that welcomes it. So the goal is not to live in an antiseptic bubble void of any temptation, but instead to grow more and more in the likeness of Christ, who, on this earth, loved God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength, facing many temptations, yet without sin. And thus your plan regarding technology is not a replacement for Jesus, but a simple tool in a life of growing dependence upon our savior, who not only forgives but also transforms all who repent and turn to him in faith.
Finally, if you are trying to fight sexual sin in isolation, we want to encourage you today to take one of the most important steps in this battle: Reach out for help! Find a trusted friend, mentor, or pastor to share with. If you don’t know where to turn, or need more support, you can reach out to Harvest USA. To find more information about our one-on-one discipleship and biblical support groups, check out our Get Help page for more information.