Discipline · Scripture · Theology

Preferring Pixels Over Perfection

My aim today was to write on the infinite damage done to our mind, body and soul when we engage in sexual promiscuity, one form of which is pornography. I wanted to write about the insane foolishness of trading perfection (God) for pixels (pornography).

I hoped to illustrate how widespread this drug of choice has become. To warn my brothers and sisters of how pornography is not only a drug for the damned but also a common crime in the church.

But then I found a graphic online that pretty much did all of that for me by displaying the staggering intensity of statistics of porn consumption. This is a serious epidemic.

Anyways, instead of writing on those topics, I’ll just preface the infographic with a few thoughts from 1 John.

“Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.” 

According to John, Paul, Peter, Jesus and 30 other biblical voices sin is kind of a bad thing. Sin is rebellion against God. Sin is also a word used to describe the condition that leads to decisions rooted in evil. One such decision that is very, very, very evil is adultery. Jesus defined adultery as lustfully gazing upon a women. Hence the topic of porn today. Anyways, John goes on to say…

“No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.”

What does this mean, exactly? Does it mean Christian’s don’t sin? Of course not. But by which verb are you most defined? By “living” in God, or by “continuing” in sin? Living obviously implies life, something we are given freely by God (Eph 2). Continuing implies more of the same, which according to Eph 2 is more spiritual death (aka sin) The point of the text above is not to say if you sin you are dead (again, spiritually speaking). The point above is to ask you whether you are walking in life or death.

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” 

That’s uh… kinda bad, too. So then what? The odds are you’ve engaged in watching pornography. Google the stats. Or just look below. The odds are also in favor of you having violated at least 10 of the 10 commandments. As they say, them ain’t good odds.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

That is your only hope. Pray for yourself. Trust God’s promise to cleanse you. Turn from evil and do good. Seek after God, not another hit of this drug called porn. If you don’t then you remain in a place of self-destruction, whether you hear the countdown or not.

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One final thought for everyone that doesn’t buy all that bible stuff. Please let me reason with you for a moment. Do you realize how unrealistic porn is? That isn’t the way sex works. Sex is meant to be an intimate encounter between two people. Something two individuals experience, explore, and learn to do together. When you frequent pornography, you ingrain in yourself a hyper-fictional representation of what that encounter should look like. Every scene is perfectly orchestrated and fictitiously celebrated. It’s superficially real and fundamentally destructive.

Engaging with this will almost certainly lead to disappointment, either with yourself or with your partner. And that’s a feeling that does the opposite of fostering love. And what’s more, if you regularly climax to pornography then instead of experiencing an amazingly satisfying moment with someone else you are deepening your descent into loneliness. So what are you to gain from this behavior? Momentary relief? Is that worth it? It’s your choice, but I caution you against it. There is something better out there. I believe pornography to be the brainchild of evil and I desire for you to turn away from evil.

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Source for the photo and a compelling read. 

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