A Serious Problem

by Garrett Bookout
eye3.jpgAs a junior in a high-school history class, I remember watching a movie that covered several important times, events and people in American society. At one point it flashed a topless pose of Marilyn Monroe.
I was shocked that they would show this to a class of high-school students. My teacher quickly stopped the classroom buzz by saying, “That’s not nudity, that’s art.”
There is no question that our society is obsessed with pornography. While it is never a comfortable issue to address, it has become an American epidemic.
Though pornography has been a problem for a long time, only recently has it become something so public. People are no longer ashamed, but actually quite proud, of the pornography industry. Pictures of the “Playboy” bunny are now found on clothing, car stickers and other places.
The pornography industry makes more money than professional baseball, football and basketball combined.
It is a true problem in the world around us and, sadly, it has even filtered into the church.
We need to guard ourselves and our families by whatever means possible to keep from being sucked into this godless pastime.
Job said, “I have made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I look upon a young woman?” (Job 31:1, NKJV).
We, too, should make a covenant with our eyes and keep from joining in with the sex-crazed society around us. Our prayer should be like the psalmist who said, “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way” (Psalm 119:37).
Sadly, we live in a world of perverts who call pornography art.
Let us not be one of them, but let us make a covenant with our eyes, and let us turn away our eyes from worthless things.

3 Replies to “A Serious Problem”

  1. Garrett
    you touched a nerve. a quibble to start, I have never seen a topless picture of Marilyn. Until we who are leaders in his family are willing to confess our wandering eyes and repent do not expect the society or HIS church to change much. We say it is destructive, so is alcohol and folks testify of being set free and we have AA to help them get free. We now believe tobacco is deadly and we have classes to help folks start but where is a similar program to help those addicted to porn get free. I confess that at one time I was addicted but now I am free by the grace of God.

  2. Simply put, this article reminded me of Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20
    For sometime now our society has been using Euphinisms to deceive other by making sin sound better. You can be sure that, in time, the church will do the same! GREAT article!

  3. There is a program called SA or Sexaholics Anonymous. It is based on the same principles and steps of AA. I suspect there is a chapter in your area. The main difference I have found is that Alcoholics are largely accepted as having an issue that is difficult for them to get out from under. The typical response I get when I share that I have an addiction to pornography is “You can really be addicted to pornography, its not a drug after all”. Or my Christian friends will say “You mean you used to have a problem with pornography”. There is no acceptance that one can be a Christian and have issues with pornography. Don’t know that I blame them, but what does that mean? That I am not a Christian?
    Pat O

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