It is a verifiable fact that sites that explicitly sell and broadcast pornography receive more regular traffic than Netflix, Amazon, & Twitter COMBINED each month! As I grew up in my church into my late teens and early twenties, I knew that I experienced the struggle – but I always assumed that I was more or less alone with it.
The need for accountability
By God’s grace, He built an accountability structure around me and worked in my life to remove this area of sin, and satisfy me in Christ. However, as I got older, I slowly realized that I was not the exception. There is an abundance of data showing how much of a world-wide issue pornography is.
I’m not alone
Quickly, I realized that my previous viewing, and dabbling was not the exception, but the rule, even and especially in the church. My thought process went to assuming most men did not view pornography, to rather assuming that in one form or another, each and every man viewed some form of pornography regularly, and/or was steeped in a battle with sexual sin.
How can I make such a statement, you say? Well, the nature of the world around us (especially in the western culture) is so pervasively centered around sexuality. Do you know what plays on cable? You don’t even need to wait till evening anymore. Do you know what you can access on Netflix?
Pornography is killing the church
I am urging us to not be silent on this issue – to talk about it in church, address it head-on, call it what it is! A dear friend of mine who I have been accountable with, and with whom I speak a lot to concerning this topic consistently tells me “porn is going to kill the church from the inside”.
I am impassioned by his concern, but this is not true, if Jesus’ forgiving and transforming grace have their way.
It’s not just about pornography websites
Let me take this chance to mention that pornography not only explicit content found on specific websites. This is pop culture, this is movies rated anything PG-13 and up, this is billboards, sports magazines, video games, Facebook ads.
A person does not need to be naked for it to be pornography – and people can become addicted to explicit images that are quite normalized in our culture. We must be more on the alert than ever.
It’s time to start talking
As church leaders, friends, parents, brothers, and sisters, this conversation must be had. Not just later on, or in a little while, or with a few people. This conversation needs to be had NOW. This problem must be confronted publically, called what it is, and labelled for the wretchedness that it causes.
We must wake up to the fact, that, as my dear friend says, “pornography is killing the church from the inside”.
A wonderful resource
Tomorrow I will be posting a review of an excellent book by Heath Lambert called “Finally Free”. He speaks directly to pornography, but every single strategy spoken of by Heath is related to the battle for purity in an impure generation.
I highly recommend this book as an excellent study tool for a group of young adults (guys and gals), and even a group of men or women (young or old).
Let’s act now!
It is time to wage war on the sin of sexual immorality. It’s time to lay aside our naïve assumptions, step out of our hesitancy to have “awkward” conversations, and be the body of Christ that we were meant to be.
That is, facing the disease head on, with the balm of the forgiving and transforming grace that only God can supply through the work and person of our Lord Jesus Christ.