There is a new drug--an epidemic, really--that has swept across the world, stealing and corrupting the minds and hearts of men and women. Many don't speak of it and falsely believe that it doesn't hurt anyone because it is mostly done in secret. The truth is that it prevents and destroys our ability to love fully and instead magnifies and inflames our lusts. The new drug is know as pornography.
It is in our best interest to note that pornography is simply a symptom of a greater problem having to do with our broken relationships with God and others. God's original design intertwines spirituality and sexuality. But we shall leave the macro topic--a holistic, bibilical vision of sex and gender that honors God and offers hope to everyone--for another day. If you are interested in finding out the scientific research showing the harmful effects of porn, visit www.fightthenewdrug.org/.
Pornography is simply a symptom of a greater problem having to do with our broken relationships with God and others.
Several months ago we walked through a sermon on relationships, spirituality and sexuality as a church. One topic was about being freed from our lusts so that we can fully love God and others. One challenge that surfaced was that Jesus offers freedom from addictions to all forms of pornography so why not choose freedom? Several men wanted to embark on the journey to freedom.
One young man has chosen freedom found in the Gospel of Jesus and is fighting with God's power and watching Christ's Spirit turn his lusts into love. It is truly a miracle, albeit a slow one, but still a miracle to see one man's lusts of the heart turn into love for God and others.