9.05.2015

porn + the gospel

many people will choose to keep quiet about porn because it's not a pretty topic.

friends, we cannot be those people.

pornography (which, side note, is defined as "filmed prostitution") is running rampant in our churches. studies have shown that seventy-seven percent of the men sitting in a pew on sunday morning have viewed porn at least once in the last month. it is mercilessly capturing the attention of boys as young as eleven years old. and through its addictive effects on the brain, it is both creating and supplying demand for commercial sex and, thus, sex trafficking.

this evil is bold; truth and justice are bolder still.

porn says: what people don’t know won’t hurt them.
the gospel says: the word of God exposes the innermost thoughts and desires of the heart. (h. 4:12) 

porn says: relax, for there is nothing wrong with your fantasies.
the gospel says: repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand. (m. 4:17)

porn says: your life is found in your hidden adventures online.
the gospel says: your life is hidden with Christ in God. (c. 3:3)

essentially, pornography is wrong because of its message: it rips sexuality from its relational context and presents human beings not as creatures made in God’s image, but as sexual commodities -- something to be bought and sold. porn goes against every fiber of the gospel; the gospel of a Savior that so desperately loved His children that He willingly gave up everything to rescue them, the gospel that gives worth and dignity to even the lowest of souls, the gospel that mends every broken thing, for their good and His glory.

Jesus alone has the authority to redeem & He will surely do it! but He also chooses to use us in the fight for freedom and justice for His children and we cannot take that responsibility lightly. may we be genuinely wholehearted in our pursuits to see women and girls freed from the lust of others.

2 comments:

Rochelle Wells said...

Dear sister, that was wonderfully succinct !

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