Pornography addiction is not new, and unfortunately not uncommon. The Internet makes the availability of pornography that much easier, and numerous adults and children become trapped in this dangerous snare. Without proper protection it may be just a matter of time before you, your spouse or your children find themselves caught. Don’t let this happen.
The church has too often ignored this threat to the family, and marriages and children are suffering because of it.
Do not ignore the problem.
Ignoring the problem does not make it go away. Instead, discuss the problem and together come up with a gameplan that honors God and honors each other. Internet filtering with FamilyConnect is a great start. But it doesn’t stop there. Enroll in the free accountability program that emails a selected accountability partner the daily reports of sites. Then ensure the accountability partner reviews these emails. This is important. The knowledge of getting “discovered” is often all it takes to remind us of the consequences.
Pray for that person daily. Ask that God give him or her strength, and always treat him or her with love — the way God loves him or her.
Don’t forget to daily thank God for his blessings in our lives including our spouse and Godly relationships. Pornography can create an attraction when we fail to remember how blessed we are with the marital relationship God has given us.
For singles, this is an opportunity to pray for the person (known or unknown) who will someday become their spouse. When tempted, simply remember that God is preserving you for your spouse and him/her for you.
Filtering is not an end-all. If your loved one is finding other ways to access pornography (magazines, for instance), kindly suggest that you visit a counselor or pastor. Addressing the issue together with love will demonstrate that you want God’s best for that person.