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One Thing You Lack: Give Up Porn, Follow Jesus

Last Updated: February 21, 2014

Ron DeHaas

Ron DeHaas is the president and co-founder of Covenant Eyes. Ron has a BS and an MS in Geology from The Ohio State University and attended the University of Michigan as a Ph.D. candidate. Ron pioneered the concept of Accountability Software and founded Covenant Eyes in the spring of 2000. Today, nearly half a million subscribers enjoy the Screen Accountability that Covenant Eyes provides. Ron also founded Nehemiah Ministries, a 160-acre retreat and counseling center in south-central Michigan for pastors and missionaries.

As Jesus had just finished writing a blog entry about eternal life, a young man urgently sent Him a text message, all in capital letters, asking Him, “GOOD BLOGGER, WHAT SHALL I DO TO INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE?”

And Jesus texted back, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments, ‘Do not murder, do not steal, do not defraud, honor your father and mother, do not add information to Wikipedia that you know is wrong.’ ”

At this, he turned off his caps lock, and he wrote back to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up, ever since I’ve been on the Internet.”

And reading this, Jesus felt a love for him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: give up porn, erase all of the pornographic pictures from your computer, install accountability software, and make your wife’s mother and father your Accountability Partners; and come, follow Me.”

But at these words, the young man’s face fell, and he left his computer without texting back, grieved, for he was one who had many pornographic pictures stored away in his mind and on his computer, and he spent many hours each week looking at them.

And Jesus wrote in His next blog, “How hard it will be for those men on the Internet to enter the kingdom of God.”

But Jesus, conscious that the young man withdrew, and was not connected with Him anymore, turned to the twelve and said, “Are you going to leave, too?”

(Adapted from Mark 10 and John 6)