Is Pornography ok?

I do not want to make this a political post, so let me be clear I’m not trying to make a stand on the candidacy of Ms. O’Donnell.  Nor do I want it to become political in the comments.

Christine O’Donnell was the primary winner in Delaware’s Republican senatorial race.  If you follow politics you know that this year’s midterm elections have been a lot more popular than years past.  I like politics so I flipped over to the Cable News Stations.

I had hoped for a discussion of her policies and a lively debate on her politics as compared to the counterpart (I don’t know why I thought that would be the case, if cable news is known for anything it is known for NOT dealing with the issues very often).  Anyway, what I got instead was a clip of Christine O’Donnell’s views on sexuality.  Specifially she made the comment that watching pornography was not a viable option for those who are trying to stay sexual pure.

I didn’t think much about it until I got into the office today and realized that this had gone viral.  Many of the online newspapers that I read had articles concerning her opinion.  In general they were negative of the view.  Thus this post.

I do not know when pornography became an accepted alternative to sex outside of marriage.  I should have seen it coming.  To often in Christianity we are not willing to truly take our faith seriously.  We do not want to be too radical.  So instead of being honest with what the Bible says we are too often willing to make comprimises to soceity.  One of those is in the area of sexuality.

Pornography is not just a harmless sin that hurts no one.  It is NOT a viable option for those who are practicing abstinence.  It is a perversion of God’s plan.  Let me unpack that:

  1. Pornography reduces individuals to simply sexual pawns.  No longer are people viewed as being created in the image of God.  No they are viewed as less than human.  They are there simply for the watchers pleasure. We cannot take seriously the Biblical teaching that all humans are created in the image of God, and still watch pornography.
  2. At its core the goals of pornography are to create lust.  To create lust within us for individuals who are not our spouses.  Having this type of lust is what Jesus warned against in the Sermon on the Mount.
  3. Pornography cheapens the marital relationship.  God created man and woman for each other.  Part of that creation was for man and woman to become one flesh sexually.  The beginning of Proverbs and the entire book of Song of Solomon emphasize the beauty of marital sexuality. Pornography causes huge problems in this relationship.  It separates sex from love and commitment.  It creates selfishness.  It cheapens the act.

Let me be blunt:  Pornography is not a viable option for maintaining abstinence.  Our goal as Christians is sexually purity.  We cannot be sexual pure and watch pornography.

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9 Responses to Is Pornography ok?

  1. Jan Yates says:

    So true, Wesley. I had the same thoughts. How did our country get to this? It is appalling what has become “acceptable” in our country, even among those who consider themselves “Christian”. The moral decline goes on and on with little connection to the decline of America and the deplorable ways we treat one another. God’s way is the best for LOTS of reasons – including the fact that His way is the healthiest,most productive way to live for not only His people, but everyone. It just plain “works” for anyone. God’s people should and must speak out. I believe there are more of us than “them”. We are just not as loud and do not get the Media’s attention. This woman should be celebrated – not ridiculed.

  2. Wesley says:

    Thanks for commenting Jan. It is like we tell God you are Lord in general, but you are not Master of the particulars. God is Master of all areas and we cannot pick in choose what we want to follow.

  3. Rob Lester says:

    Suddenly I like this O’Donnell lady even more. John 15:19 says the world hates those who are not like it. 1st Peter 4:4 “they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same excesses, speaking evil of you.” All too true, sadly.

  4. Wesley says:

    Whether you like or do not like O’Donnell’s politics, it is crazy to me to think that someone opposing pornography is seen as a bad thing.

  5. Mary Beth says:

    I fear that we have become desensitized to sin, especially sexual sin. Just about every television show, magazine, movie, etc. that you watch represents sexual relationships outside of marriage as okay. We all have neighbors, friends, family who are leading impure lives. We have learned to laugh at sin and turn our heads. Then when someone like Ms. O’Donnell actually stands up and makes a statement to the contrary everyone is shocked. Yay for her!

  6. Wesley says:

    I think you are correct Mary Beth. I think you get use to something and you don’t think it is sin anymore. It is sad though that full-fledged pornography is seen as normal and something we shouldn’t worry about.

  7. Kevin Shimp says:

    I have heard it said that pornography has relatively little to do with sex and more to do with medicating pain. I am not sure what the statement really means though. It should be “painful” when sin enters our life. We should not be desensitized to sin in our life (though I believe many people are). Sin is insidious. Anything the media purports to agree with should be examined very closely. And often when they “disagree” it has healthy moral overtones. Thanks for the thoughts Wes.

  8. Wesley says:

    I’m sure some people use porn like they use alcohol and drugs. However, I’m convinced more are just depraved.

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