Thursday, 21 April 2011

Porn is the norm.

I lived my first twenty odd years my life my way. I have lived the last six years as someone who follows Jesus.It has been quite a transition. Some Christian values are widely accepted as being good and right. In some ways our culture is aligned with Jesus.

There are however, many teachings of Christ which have been widely rejected and ignored. I think that this is particularly true when it comes to sex and sexuality. It is certainly true when it comes to pornography. When I was growing up I'd say that porn was normal and an expected part of life. Whether online or videos or late night freeview. TNS surveyed 1,057 adults aged 18-24 for the research between 18 March and 21 March 2011 as illustrated above From BBC Website. It's interesting reading how views are developing on this one.

The teaching of Jesus collides head on with what is now accepted as the norm.

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Matthew 5:28 ESV

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.

Colossians 3:5-6 ESV

But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.
Ephesians 5:3 ESV

To enjoy porn (drawing sexual pleasure from someone who is not your wife or husband) in scripture is to be unfaithful to your wife, to anger God and it should not even be hinted at among Christians.

This sharp contrast is really the tip of the iceberg in terms of different values. As a Christian I am standing on  and working out the following:

1. This is God's world and it's for him to say what is good and what is not.
2. I have got it wrong.
3. He died for me and invites me to learn to walk His way with His power and patience.
4. People are made in his image and are valuable to be honoured and respected.
5. Sex is designed to be exclusively enjoyed in marriage.
6. Great marriages include great sex for years and years. This will not happen without work. This bookbelow is awesome. :-) I think married couples should have a glass of wine and read it through together. There are application points for each chapter. (!) I have also enjoyed reading 'Sex, romance and the glory of God' by CJ Mahaney. A must for husbands.
7. Sexual satisfaction, thoughts and imagination are to be given to my wife alone.
8. Porn robs people from enjoying sex in the way for which it was designed.
9. We have some work to do.

1 comment:

  1. Porn of course is no longer a male only epidemic. The amount of women who are regular porn watchers has increased substantially over previous years and there's no reason to suggest that this hasn't permeated the church bubble.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/apr/07/women-addicted-internet-pornography

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