Today, we have the privilege of having Juan Cruz, Jr guest blogging for us. Juan lives in Leola, Pennsylvania with his beautiful wife and five daughters.
His first job is serving God. His second is working as a manager for a multi-national medical technology company.
Social Media and communication technologies have revolutionized the way we interact socially, and even anonymously.
Many, if not most of us, enjoy social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter to interact with other people across the street or even across the globe.
Also, chat rooms, text messaging, and even direct messaging technology integrated into the social media tools, have made communications with our friends and strangers instantaneous.
With such an abundance of social media tools and communication technologies, how can we, men and women, keep free from sexual temptation?
While social media and other communication technologies have made communication easy and fast, it has also created a forum where we carry on conversations and interactions that are inappropriate and even adulterous, if married.
To take it a step further, just having a laptop, PC, or tablet, has made internet access to pornography easier than ever. No longer do we have to go to a store that sells pornographic material. It can now be done in secrecy of our own homes. That is why more than ever, we should stay away from all sexual lust, by guarding our hearts, mind, and eyes from immorality when using social media and other communication tools.
“The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” – Romans 8:6
But how can we keep from falling into a sexual trap?
Below are six steps that we should do to prevent from falling into the trappings of sexual immorality.
- Don’t be alone in a chat room with a person of the opposite sex. There should never be a reason for a married man to be in a chat room with another woman. And visa versa. That is just something bad waiting to happen.
- When using Facebook or Twitter, or any other social media tool, don’t engage in flirtatious communication, and keep all interaction in public.
- Men, if at all possible, do not direct message another women. All conversations should be kept public.
- While on the computer, keep it within sight where your spouse and kids can see what you are doing.
- Don’t erase your browsing history
If you have struggled with pornography, use an accountability service such as Covenant Eyes..
“Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life. Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?” – Proverbs 6:25-27
What else can you do to guard your heart in this world of social media?