So, this month I have the house to myself. My husband had to go away on leave for work, and I was once again in my alone, but happy place. That was until I remembered that I needed a very important document, that only my husband had access to – digitally.
You see, we, like many, have multiple computers. Two for my husband, and two for me (laptop and old desktops). I have dutifully trained my husband in the importance of locking his computer, and locking any password manager – in case the worst should happen. However, on this day, I needed access to his password. I absolutely needed this document. Imagine my surprise when he, ever so kindly, handed over his computer login, email login (to recover the forgotten password), and of course, told me the new password. I was left thinking if I would do the same.
A few days later, Google introduced email delegation for Gmail. In short, this allows someone else to login as you , and read or respond to your email. Naturally, this is great for ministry accounts or family accounts, but what about personal accounts? Would you allow your husband to read and respond to your emails?
Sure, you say. But then, what about Facebook or any other social network? What about instant messenger accounts? What about your web search history? What about your text message history? Would you be willing to give your spouse or your parent access to your accounts if needed?
A couple of weeks ago, I came across a radio station discussing Facebook. They spoke on how Facebook has become a major temptation for couples and a cause of divorce. How so you say? Well, marriage partners befriend a person of long ago – an old flame, a secret admirer, etc. And, as we all know, too much heart communication with someone other than your spouse, can lead to things that we aren’t proud of – or at least, should not be proud of. With that said, I highly doubt that these partners would allow their spouse to have access to anything remotely digital.
Guard your heart ladies. Ask yourself if what you are doing digitally is something that you wouldn’t mind being wide open for the world to see. Ask yourself if you are allowing temptations to enter your heart, that should very well be gone.
Luke 12:2-3 (Amplified Bible)
Nothing is [so closely] covered up that it will not be revealed, or hidden that it will not be known. Whatever you have spoken in the darkness shall be heard and listened to in the light, and what you have whispered in [people's] ears and behind closed doors will be proclaimed upon the housetops.