I sit here this morning excited. It's 8:21 am on Friday September 26th and we are 9 days away from Porn Sunday at Church at Hampton Roads.
Isn't this taboo? Aren't we suppose to stay quiet? Aren't our kids to young? This should not be discussed in Church.
I have experienced the death grip of porn in my life. Early on in my marriage it almost took everything from me. But God, in His mercy AND POWER, delivered me from the lies that were fueling my addiction. Porn is everywhere. It is pervasive. It ranges from ads to music videos to beyond hardcore (take my word for it). It is a destroyer of intimacy & physiology. It has more of a grip on our culture than we know. Because, we do not discuss it much. We live in a self regulated bubble where we do not seem to care about the plight of others. The social mandate is to remain quiet. Porn, for the most part is taboo.
Proverbs 24:11 says, "Rescue those being taken off to death, and save those stumbling towards slaughter."
We have received for the most part a lot of great response to our desire to tackle this subject. People who are grateful. Then there are those who start to squirm, cringe and back away. Then rarely things are said like:
"My kids are too young..."
"This makes me uncomfortable..."
"Should the Church be talking about this?"
"Aren't you by talking about it opening the door to it?"
I grew up in a generation where not many took the time or effort to tell me about porn. And when I became affected by it, resentment built up in me like a flood. I can understand if you (the older generation) sent me out into the world equipped for what I was to face. But to stay fearful? To leave me defenseless and open to something like this? That is NOT love. Why did I not have older men spending time with me? Parents doing a lot more for me? WARNING ME? This thing almost took EVERYTHING! My marriage, my kids and my future! I have forgiven, but I wish as a son, with all my heart, someone would have gotten in my face fearlessly about this and possibly have saved me and my wife years of pain.
We, as a church, are dealing with 11 year old girls who have accidentally clicked on "pop-up ads" while online and now are addicted to porn. THIS IS A WAKE UP CALL. Your kids WILL eventually be introduced. Are they ready for what they will face? The lies that come from this industry?
Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train up a child in the way he/she should go and when they are old they will not depart from it (leave it....)."
What are you doing to "train"?
Train defined... to