The Problem with Porn.

The question has been posed, even by secular writers and magazines: Is porn harmful?

NY Times recently held a debate panel called: Should Pornography come out of the closet?  Where 9 people weighed their responses on whether pornography was harmful, caused damaging effects on it’s viewers and our culture, and whether or not we as a culture should remove whatever thin layer of condemnation left on the subject and have a free-for-all.

Not surprisingly, the majority of the panel leaned in the ‘not harmful’ or ‘it depends’ category.  “It depends on what?” One might ask.  Essentially the kind of pornography and the one viewing it, as if some pornography can be redemptive or beneficial depending on the style and the viewer.  This is a-typical of a culture engulfed in sexually saturated images, themes and discussion from every angle, and this is not including pornography.  And this response is not surprising. It’s subjective, relative and void of any concrete understanding of humanity, sexuality or morality.

Yet two voices stood out: Gail Dines and Robert Jensen.  From all I can tell, they are not believers but are a strong voice in a wave of opposition that porn is harmful, damaging and culturally destructive.
Here was there consensus:  “Pornography is the industrialization and commodification of sex, and like all big industries, its product is generic, formulaic and plasticized. These images tend to rob sex of its creativity, playfulness and intimacy, and hence are ultimately profoundly alienating. The performers, the consumers and the culture deserve better. Anyone who considers pornography a harmless diversion should talk to marriage therapists and divorce lawyers.”

Almost sounds like someone speaking from a view of God’s Word.

I shared some problems with porn with the guys in our small group.  Here’s what we discussed:

– Porn is an assault on the holiness of God and his design for humanity:

  • “Be Holy, as I am holy.” – I Pet. 1:16
  • “…a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” – Gen. 2:24
  • “You shall not commit adultery” – Ex. 20:14
  • “Flee sexual immorality…your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.” – I Cor. 6:18

Porn is first immoral, and blatantly against God’s beautiful design for humanity.  God created sex for his people to enjoy and procreate, and to be reminded of his love for them.  Sex was designed to be a gift within marriage, to serve, love and please each other.  Sex was intended to be a physical reminder of the spiritual/emotional bond within a marriage covenant.  Anything outside of this very special description of sex is an assault on God’s holiness and a degradation of another human being, because they, like you, are created in God’s image.

When we view porn, God’s character and his image is assaulted and insulted because we’re assuming we know how to use the gift created better than he does.

Tomorrow, we’ll talk about why God’s people should flee from porn at all costs.

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