Closing the Window

A few evenings ago Michaela rushed over to the window in our kitchenette, closed it, released the blinds, and shut us off from the view. Normally this would not be something privy to be speculated, but we leave our window and blinds open practically every night to help with air flow. We only close it when someone is indecently clothed, and seeing as no one was, I asked her why she closed the window. “Our neighbor is having some me time.”

My brain took a few seconds too long to process that sentence.

“Are you serious?” I inquired.

“Yup. His window is open and doesn’t even care that we can see what he is watching inside.”

This topic is not foreign to me, but in that moment I was struck by the reality of my ignorance: pornography and masturbation is a global problem.

A frog jumped in my throat and I felt nauseous.

Satan has many a temptation dangling over the heads of humanity, but pornography is the checkmate in the world right now. Despite what the masses think, lust is typically not the cause of a porn addiction, however, it is always a byproduct. Lust now runs rampant through the streets of our world and the channels of our minds. If lust was incarnated it would probably be incarcerated because it would proudly streak its nakedness in every alley and street and school and home. We would gasp, be shocked, read it in the papers and gossip about it with our colleagues. We gossip about celebrities and billionaires with their so-called cheating escapades and mistresses and how this person slept with their best friend’s husband or how this person abused their sixteen year old son or daughter. Shocking that we engage in such topics of conversation when the actually reality of “sex-scandals” in pornography is not?

No, we are ashamed. We are ashamed, hang our heads, and fear the results of uttering such a word in the midst of others.

That is bull.

Pornography is the antithesis of how God calls us to live and love. It is a selfish act of self-love without discipline or patience or trust in the Lord’s plan. Not to mention, much (if not all) of the porn industry has cleverly devised their “products” to help support the furtherment of sex-trafficking and, of course, pornography. This is ruining love, lives, and humanity.

We were created for so so much more than this.

An addiction to pornography is a sad, sad way to live your one life. Whether you are a Christian or not, we were ALL created in God’s image, however as Christians our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is living and active in and through our lives.

Friends, family, please join me in praying for our world, for pornography to be destroyed, for the sanctity of marriage to be upheld, for those shackled to pornography to reach out, ask for help, and share their struggling, and for true, sacrificial love to reign.

“Therefore do NOT be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a HOLY calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.” (1 Tim. 1:8–9)
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