Studies show that in today’s society 60% of Christian still struggle with pornography. Why is this a struggle for Christians? Do Christians believe that pornography is a sin? Maybe they do believe it’s a sin but it’s too hard to change, so we solidify it with the famous quote “God knows my heart.” We all have been there but I think as you grow in your walk with God you realize if God knows my heart he also knows who you desire to please the most. Jesus says in John 14:15 if you love me, you will obey my commands. When temptation is knocking at your door, who do you love? Yourself, or God? It’s like someone saying “I know cheating on my girlfriend is wrong but I still do it”, and then he follows the statement with “I love her though.” Would you believe that he really loves her?
The truth is that 61% of Christians believe sex before marriage is okay. That’s more than half the population of Christianity. Ephesians 5:5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Though many may believe in the values of sex after marriage, practicing self-control and discipline is a separate battle of its own. Speaking from personal experience I had the mindset of staying pure before marriage, I believed in purity but my actions showed something different. Relating to others with the same struggle, the question I asked myself is why it was so hard to follow my values and beliefs. Shouldn’t my actions easily follow what I believe?
Romans 7:21-22 21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.
I think we all underestimate our mind. What we see are deposits of what we do. Pornography is the core of our distorted view on; men and women, marriages, relationships, and sex. In today’s society everyone is expose to some sort of pornography, from social pornography such as movies, music videos and even billboards. These all create neurological pathways in our brain. In other words creating new beliefs in our mind towards men and women, marriages, relationships, and sex. Which eventually depletes our old beliefs in staying pure and accepting our new ones. Therefore creating our own bible and not sticking to Gods word.
Some may argue “the bible is old! We live in different society we don’t need to apply everything in the bible with today”. The society and culture may bee different from what we see in the Bible, but the principles and process for living are not. As we see in Romans 7, Paul describes the same troubles that we experience today. Biologically nothing has change so what we allow our minds to see, produces fruit of correlated actions. Therefore the more social porn we expose yourself to the more expectations we create towards our relationships, marriages, the use of sex and even our men and women. The role of a Christian is for us to be set apart as a holy. We are to look different to the world, and be okay with looking foolish to the world.
1 Corinthians 1:21 – The world with its wisdom was unable to recognize God in terms of his own wisdom. So God decided to use the nonsense of the Good News we speak to save those who believe.
What the world expects in its wisdom is contrary to Gods Word. Saving your first kiss till marriage is “nonsense” or “foolish” to the world. But the wisdom of this world is based on sexual expectation that gratifies self rather than God.
Social pornography has corrupted many modern day Christians of today. As one of those victims I chose to make Christianity not just a word but an identity that stands for something. We need to stop looking at the bible as a rule book and look at it as a training manual.
If you’re a Christian and still having sex open your bible and find out what the correct definition of a Christian is, then really ask yourself if you reflect that. This is not to judge but to challenge what you truly believe.
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