Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Words of Comfort: 11 Year-old Boy & Pornography.

I read an article recently written by a mother who was horrified that her 11 year-old son had seen some violent pornography on his phone. He was clearly disturbed by the graphic images, and he told his mother what had happened. She said, “We also talked about how sometimes women choose to go into the sex industry and that when the work is on their terms, that's okay….We talked about why people might access porn. That being curious is completely natural. We talked about the difference between what he watched that was brutal and violent and something that the majority of people might find titillating….I am looking at this through the eyes of my 11-year-old. He can see that there are gradations of porn. Some of it, though an unrealistic view of sex between two consenting adults, is bearable and allows you to retain a basic positive belief in the world.” She gave her 11 year-old some moral guidance--porn was fine, but violent porn wasn’t. Her standards were probably typical of this world that has no moral anchor.

God’s standard is moral perfection. He considers lust to be adultery of the heart (see Matthew 5:27-28), and that’s the standard upon which humanity will be judged. Christians have been air-lifted off the slippery slope that leads to Hell. God miraculously forgave us through Christ, saved us from justice, and gave us a new heart that thirsts after righteousness. The Apostle Paul put it well in Titus 3:3— “For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures…” For me, being a Christian means having a sense of horror at where this morally blind world is heading. But at the same time having an overwhelming gratitude for God’s mercy in saving a wretch like me.

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