Of the top 10 visited websites in Kenya, two are porn sites. About 3 are betting/gambling sites. This means that more than half of our golden Internet time as Kenyans is dedicated to addiction. During this quarantine season, more people are online than before. And without the monitoring systems of work and HR, it is not unusual to hear that porn sites have experienced spikes of viewership.
These may be non-issues for the world. But for the born-again Christian, this can be a make or break for your devotion and personal purity.
If your faith is failing in these times because of online addiction, befriend wisdom. Wisdom states that the perfect environment for pornography consumption is threefold- purposelessness, secrecy and anonymity.
Combat purposelessness by giving yourself some targets to do some meaningful self-improvement work during this quarantine. I have been doing the following:
- Waking up at 5am for Quiet Times. At least one chapter a day of the scriptures and a minimum of half an hour in private prayer time. Our spirits must be refreshed in and out of season. I have avoided walking up late and sleeping late. Quarantine is not the holidays. I must still be productive.
- Reading three chapters of soul and spirit nourishing books each day. We need to read more than ever. No serious believer should imbibe more movies than books in this season of quarantine if he or she wants to avoid the traps of porn and lust. Less TV time and more book time. The reading is not limited to spiritual books. I have got some great novels and informative books as well. Train your mind to be a citizen of the world during this quarantine. Also, I get to achieve my 2020 book reading resolution.
- Weekly calls or chats with mentors or accountable friends. At least once a week during this season. God created the human being as a relational person (Genesis 2:18). It ought to be obvious that bad company isn’t anywhere near your radar (1 Corinthians 15:33). Intentionally connect with meaningful relationships that spur you on.
- Physical fitness workouts. At least thrice a week. Our home gym has been closed so I have been forced to have indoor workouts. And when I cannot commit, I reduce my meals for the day. We seldom repent of having eaten too little. Also, quarantine means a more sedentary lifestyle. More movements in the house and short walks around the compound are helpful.
- Limit social media hours to a max of 2 per day. Spend more time in silence and talking to family members with phones away. Silence is the bane of our existence. But perhaps God can finally get our attention.
Combat secrecy and anonymity by walking in the light.
- Have your accountability partners ask you to account for the productivity of your day.
- Surf the web in open spaces like the living room.
- Remember the Gospel. The ultimate cure for a heart that is hiding and living in sin is exposure to the Gospel. We must remember the holiness of God, His judgements and wraths. We must see His compassion in having His Son take our place of punishment on that cross. We must see the grace available through the blood, the cross and the name of Jesus Christ. We must rejoice at being spared. We must worship Him for it. We mustn’t do it out of obligation, but out of heart compulsion. A believer’s heart that frequently basks in the Gospel will obey without reservation because the love of Christ compels him (2 Corinthians 5:14). But a heart that loves sin will dispute the very fundamental truths of the Gospel that are bound to save it from the very sin that enslaves it. Listen to Gospel-centred sermons. Start here (www.gospelinlife.com)
The fire for God won’t burn simply because it was once lit; it must be stoked and fanned into flame. In this quarantine season, the fire of God can be lulled by laziness/slothulness, carnal entertainment and complacency because of being out of a usual working environment. Your usual routine may be on quarantine but your faith is free; exercise it.