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Pornography

The Greek root for pornography is porne—“female captives”—and implies sex for aggression, degradation, and abuse. Today, it more broadly references sexually explicit images and literature.

The accessibility of the internet means that once–clandestine sexual imagery is now an almost inescapable presence in mainline culture, moving from peripheral parts of town into homes.

There is evidence that pornography is destructive to communities. It is an addiction linked to organized crime, trafficking, child abuse, and marital stress.

In contrast, Scripture portrays our sexuality with a spiritual dimension that goes beyond the physical.

CHEMISTRY  Since creation, men and women have exhibited sexual attraction. This is naturally magnetic—two genders drawn to becoming “one flesh” again.

CURIOSITY  Pornographic enticement can be engaged by a combination of naiveté, curiosity, and sin. Invariably, its emptiness is revealed as people experience short–term satisfaction, at most.

CAPTIVITY  The potential for addiction is increasing. “Pornography’s effect on the brain can mirror addiction to heroin or crack cocaine,” said psychotherapist May Ann Layden during her U.S. Senate testimony.

CLEAN CONSCIENCE  The good news is, many people who were once entrapped by pornography have, by God’s grace, overcome this compulsive behavior.

How about this pre–emptive strategy?  “Whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).

by Colonel Richard Munn

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