Writing for God, Fighting Human Trafficking

Linda Rodante

Christians and Porn

As much as I hear from women (and some men) about the desire to fight human trafficking, especially sex trafficking, it amazes me that they do not see the connection between sex trafficking and pornography.

In fact, the church is as much enamored of sexual lust as the world is. And today many women are caught in its trap just like men–even though most porn is degrading and abusive towards women.

The astounding success of the book 50 Shades of Grey and the TV drama Game of Thrones within Christian circles and with Christian women startled even the mainline news media.

God calls his people to come out of the world, to be pure and holy as he is. And yet, we cling to the things of ungodliness with unashamed fervor. If Christians are challenged about reading and watching sexually explicit and abusive books or programs, they heatedly jump to their excuses. The old Playboy magazine excuse–“It has such good articles.” Or in these cases–“It has such a good story-line.” Right. We all believe that. You are titillated by the sex. The thing we need to ask ourselves is does a story-line, any story-line, give us a reason to find torture, abuse and rape entertaining?

In 2nd Cor 6:17, when he God calls us to come out of the world, he instructs us not to touch not the unclean thing. Instead, he tells us to think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable…things that are lovely and excellent. Yes, pornography might be true in that someone is being sexually assaulted, abused and raped at the moment; however, that certainly doesn’t qualify it for the other adjectives listed in Philippians 4:8.

If we really don’t think that viewing so-called “soft-porn” on TV or the movies or reading about it will effect us then we need to think about those advertisers that pay millions of dollars for ads. Think about the 30 second or 60 second ads during the Superbowl. Do you really think these businesses are paying millions of dollars for those spots just to amuse you? Or are they paying these huge sums because they KNOW they affect your thinking and behavior?

God knows, too. He knew when he made you that you would be affected by what you put before your eyes and into your ears. Study to show yourself approved, he says. Study his Word, not the world’s.

In Sean McDowell’s excellent article on The Five A’s of Porn Consumption Today, http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/the-five-as-of-porn-consumption-today, he lists aggressive, acceptable, available, anonymous, and affordable as top reasons porn is “such a HUGE issue in our culture today.” TV, movies, and the internet play a tremendous role in this. But of the five–and reading his article will help you think them through–the first one is the most horrific. Aggressive–as in violent, cruel, sometimes murderous. We scream about sex trafficking and yet watch hardcore porn (which often uses trafficked victims) without shame or repentance.

Sex within marriage between two people who are pure sexually is God’s design. It is also the relationship that he says imitates the relationship between Christ and the church. No wonder Satan has polluted it. Yet we stand with blind eyes and lustful looks trying to defend ourselves. God doesn’t really mean I can’t have a sexual relationship before marriage, does he? I mean, what will I do with all these feelings and the heat?

Take a cold shower, run a few miles or work hard outside for one. Try it. But the best thing is to stop looking and watching and reading things you should not be looking at, or watching or reading.

The scripture says for a man to look on a woman with lust is to commit the act (Matthew 5:27-28). Women, the same goes for you. I’m often ashamed of what women say about men these days–and that includes married Christian women. No wonder there is so much divorce. If you’re having sex with your husband or wife and pretending he or she is someone else, you are committing adultery in your heart.

And with the demons of sex, smut and porn so prevalent in our society, it is often hard to see the truth. In fact, the Bible talks about the deceitfulness of sin. We get involved in it, and we can no longer see it. A lot of addiction these days is demon activity in our lives that we are blind to.

Deliverance (and many are beginning to seek it these days) begins as it does with any addiction, by acknowledging that you have a problem, then seeking help. Begin to spend time studying God’s Word where you used to spend it surfing the Net or watching TV. Check out Sean McDowell’s site and many others. It will not be easy. Satan will fight you, but it is doable!

Utah has made pornography a public health hazard. Many men cannot have normal sex anymore–unless the act is abusive, aggressive, and/or aberrant, they cannot “perform.” Sadly, women are starting to follow in their footsteps. And this now leads to the abuse and assault of children by men and women. Check your online news. It is there everyday!

Come out from among them and be separate. Be holy as God is holy. Confess your faults one to another, and pray for each other, that you may be healed. Begin now. Pray now. Fervent prayer avails much!

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I’d love to hear from you.

My books Amber Alert, As Long As You Both Shall Live, Splashdown and Looking for Justice are Christian romantic suspense books on sale at Amazon. The series has romance, suspense, mystery, and humor, but deal with real issues in contemporary culture. All are clean reads.  http://amzn.to/1OuLNYv

 

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