What About Porn?

Last week, as the Chick-fil-A debacle unfolded, I read a blog by Pastor Perry Noble where he said:

…for too long the church has seemed to be obsessed with the sins that we do not struggle with; after all, if I am pointing out the sins of others I don’t have to deal with my own.

The rest of the week, I couldn’t stop thinking about why Christians are so hung up on homosexuality. Why are we so focused on controlling the rights of these individuals? Why this sin?

So, I brought it up to a friend, and he argued that Christians should be fighting for what is Biblical, not necessarily what is politically correct.  As a believer, I agree with that.

But here is my problem: What about porn? Where are all of the Christians fighting to stop the pornography industry? Where are all of the Christians who want to see laws in place that don’t allow sexually explicit material on the internet, where it is so easily accessible to anyone?  Where are the Christians arguing that the government put regulations on what types of sexual content is shown in advertisements, films, and on public television?

Where are the Christians fighting to make premarital sex illegal?  What about affairs and sexual impurity? God speaks clearly on these sexual issues, but I don’t see very many Christians working hard to control these sins that have destroyed countless marriages, relationships, families, and friendships.

As Christians, let’s not be so focused on the sins we don’t struggle with, that we fail to see and correct the sin in our own lives.

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3 thoughts on “What About Porn?

  1. So funny I came across this, because I came across this scripture (Romans 2:1-5) last week:
    “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath , when his righteous judgment will be revealed.”

    Christians don’t talk about pornography, or adultery or fornication for a very simple reason: they’re doing it, too. People can’t judge someone else for what they do without a guilty conscience. Rallying against homosexuality is easy because the mindset is “I’m not gay, so this is okay. Since I’m not doing it, and you aren’t supposed to do it, I’ll condemn you.”
    Sad, but I run into this same group of people all the time.

    • You are right. As I’ve gotten older, gotten married, become a mom I’ve come to realize how empathy plays a role in raising my kids. I’m trying to teach them how to stop and think before they react (which is hard, we are Irish LOL). If they wouldn’t want someone to say or do things to them, then they shouldn’t behave that way. As for the adultery, I’m married to a disabled Vet. He is medically retired from the Army. When you get married & say “In sickness & in health” you think of a sickness that will have an end. GOD forbid, cancer, for example, has an ending. You live or you do not. But, you never think about something that can affect your marriage “long term”. You don’t think about an illness that can cut at the very emotional/physical bonds that you have worked so hard to keep intact. I haven’t cheated & truly don’t believe I ever could. My husband & I have talked about, what if? Our marriage is so important that we put EVERYTHING on the table. He knows I love him more than anything & wouldn’t dream of hurting him that way. But, what if? He can’t help his illness. He can’t help the way the medication’s make his body and brain react. My head knows it’s not his fault. My heart….well, my heart aches for him to be the man I married. So – I think when it comes to adultery – people don’t think about GOD. (I do but I’m in the minority) They don’t think about what HE will say. It’s easier to listen to your body now and deal with “that” later. People are afraid to be honest with each other. Not in my marriage, we are honest – all the time. We love each other enough to make sure we respect each other’s feelings enough to honest. Even if it’s going to hurt. There’s a deeper connection you need to have in your marriage that scares so many people. They are afraid to be vulnerable and not be caught by the heart they love. So, instead of talking about what they are feeling, they look for answers somewhere else. Somewhere they don’t have to worry about “being caught” bc they don’t truly care about that other person. As a Catholic I had to ask why “we” aren’t supposed to use birth control. Not everyone can afford 12 kids. Here is the explanation I got – “If you, as a man, are willing to withhold the most intimate part of yourself from your wife; and you, as a woman, are willing to withhld the most intimate part of yourself from your husband – there will end being a lack of trust. The connection is so much deeper when you can truly give of yourself without regret and without hesitation. Each person accepting that most intimate part of the other forms the bonds that make marriage work.” When people are “connected” as they should be, aldutery (and the need to watch porn) should be one less issue you have to worry about.

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