Today, it seems as if our families and ministries are under servere attack from our enemies: the world, the flesh and the devil. Now, more than ever, it is imperative for us as moms and dads or husbands and wives to walk with the Lord and to safe guard our home technology from the attacks of our adversaries. Never has there been so much opportunity for good to be done for the Lord, and never has there been a time when so much could be lost.
As a Christian and as a man that sells cellphones everyday by trade, I’ve had to ask the Lord and ask my wife for ways to safeguard our family from certain snares we could fall into. Technology is all around us today; the noise of ringtones and text-tones; selfies, tweets and posts can all been seen all about us. As you read this, look in your hand or to the left or right.. there your cellphone sits, hopefully in a sturdy case. Maybe it’s an Android or Apple, or maybe you’re a trend-setter and it’s a Windows phone. (Let’s take this opportunity to thank the Lord it’s not a Blackberry, right?) Whatever the case may be, have you considered how you should be safeguarding that phone in your hand and especially your kids from dangerous sites, music or posts?
Three tips you can can use today to help safeguard your tech are:
1. Be accountable to someone. Not just anyone though. If you are married, this person is your husband or your wife, not your uncle who lives in Kansas or your co-worker you see at the vending machine. If you’re single, no sweat.. this would be the closest spiritual leader in your life, (i.e. Mom or Dad, or Pastor or Pastor’s wife). You want your accountability partner to have full access to all your passwords and all your tech devices anytime, anywhere. Everyone needs a close spiritual partner to keep themselves accountability to each other and to the Lord. Prov. 27:17 says, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
2. Pray and arm yourself with God’s Word. The easiest target for Satan or for your own flesh is someone who is not in prayer or in the Word of God. Our greatest accountability partner is the Holy Spirit. Only the Lord can see everything we do. Keeping our heart clean before Him and walking daily with Him is our greatest weapon. Husbands and wives must pray daily for protection from certain snares in technology. Psalms 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
3. Download a safe browsing web app on your smartphone or home computers. A favorite app that I and other family members use for free is called K-9 Web Protection Browser for iPhones. Let your accountability partner set it up for you so you won’t know the password if something in question is clicked on. This app gives you the ability to browse much more safely on the web or on your social media websites while greatly reducing the dangers of clicking on the wrong link. There are several different options on different operating systems too. Just search web browsers for Android or Windows phone.
*Most cellphone providers have a safeguarding feature provided for a small amount on your monthly bill and sometimes even for free. Make sure to ask next time you visit your local store. It can monitor numbers your family texts or calls, internet usage, and place time restrictions on phones so your kids aren’t calling Johnny at 2:00 AM. Also ALWAYS use any restriction features you have on your phones. For example, for iPhones go under Settings/General/Restrictions and set up a few on your accountability partner’s phone today.2