Luke Gilkerson is a champion among men. He is an author and one of the primary personnel behind the Covenant Eyes software. Not only that, but he was the first (and one of the few) bloggers/influencers willing to read Stronghold (He even interviewed me about it). Luke has always shown himself to be humble, kind, and compassionate—-whether in his comments on the Covenant Eyes blog or in his personal e-mail correspondence.
Nearly two years after Stronghold’s initial release, I was very glad to be back in touch with Luke, who was willing readily to participate in our ongoing In God’s Image Series.
Please join me in getting to know Luke Gilkerson better:
1. Define yourself in one word (Disciple, Christian, American, Man, etc.)
2. Why do you choose that term?
I have many roles, but at the heart of my true identity, I am an adopted child of God. I don’t act like it much of the time, but it is only through knowing how much I am chosen and loved by God that I am changed.
3. In two sentences, tell us about Covenant Eyes—what it is and for whom its intended.
Covenant Eyes is a company with a mission to equip people with tools that provide protection and encourage accountability and trust in the fight against Internet temptations. We bridge the gap between technology and relationships.
4. What led to the creation of Covenant Eyes? Was it a specific event or was it a more general decision?
Our founder, Ron DeHaas, had two teenage sons at home, and he was concerned about the temptations they might encounter online. He didn’t merely want to default to the Internet filters available on the market—not only did he find them to be ineffective, he also wanted something more relational. This is how he came up with the concept of Internet accountability software: something that tracks all your web browsing and searching, compiling this information into a report that can be sent to others you trust. Now, 15 years later, Covenant Eyes is used by over 150,000 people in over 100 nations around the world..
5. How has your work in ministry required you to sacrifice?
It is hard to think of my work as a “sacrifice” because I work for one of the best companies in the world (in my opinion). However, I think the biggest sacrifice I’ve made is the emotional toll of the work. On a weekly basis I speak with many people whose lives have been ransacked by pornography: men and women who are lost in the seeming hopelessness of addiction; spouses of addicts who feel their marriages are at the breaking point; parents who are dealing with the challenges of parenting teens in the Internet age; former porn stars who are traumatized by past abuses. I carry their stories in my heart.
6. What is your primary goal for Covenant Eyes?
My official role here is “Educational Resource Manager,” which means I take lead on a lot of our educational projects: blog articles, e-books, e-courses, and webinars. My goal in these is to help people think differently about the problems pornography causes and the solutions that are needed.
7. What is your largest hope for those who engage your work?
My largest hope for my readers is to understand that God’s grace is bigger than the temptations they face or the temptations our culture faces.
8. What are two key ways in which your work benefits readers today?
My work benefits others in a variety of ways. First is education: people see their problems and temptations with new eyes. Second is motivation: people are spurred on by truth to make concrete changes in their lives.
9. How have you seen God’s goodness and faithfulness in your work with Covenant Eyes?
There are too many ways to count. God has changed countless lives through the education and software solutions we provide. I am grateful God continues to use Covenant Eyes as a means of grace to change lives.
10. How can readers learn more about you and your work?
Readers can go to covenanteyes.com to read all our free articles, download our free e-books, and learn more about our software. Beyond this, I think the biggest change someone can make is to be a mentor and accountability partner to those who struggle with pornography in their personal life or family life. There are far too many people who can’t find encouragement and guidance.