The Impact of the Internet on Society

"But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night." - Psalm 1:2 (NIV) 

" ... whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." - Philippians 4:8 (NIV) 

The "age of information" is ushering in a tide of fear and carnal desire, corruption and conflict, disconnection and depression. 

Promise Keepers is uniquely positioned to confront the threat of technology addiction, especially among men and boys. This challenge is visible in at least three areas of modern life: video games, pornography, and social media (including cell phones). 

1. Video game's: CNN reported during the trial of Norway rnass-killer Anders Breivik that his 16-hour-a-day habit of playing "Call of Duty," helped him prepare for his shooting spree. (see related article)

2. Pornography: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention includes pornography as part of its definition of "sexual violence." 

3. Social media: Discovery.com reported that the Internet is changing the physical structure of our brains, leading to "quick but shallow thinking." 

These three battlegrounds have something in common with other addictions: they amount to what experts call "arousal addiction." Men's brains are actually being re-wired (conditioned) to crave endless stimulation, to the detriment of our bodies, souls and spirits! 

We need to be committed to practicing spiritual, moral, ethical, and sexual purity. 

We need to be committed to building strong marriages and families through love, protection and biblical values.

Adapted from Promise Keepers Flyer, August 2013

 

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