Porn: One Word, One Huge Problem

Posted: December 7, 2011 in Education, Faith/Christianity, Parents & Families, Youth Culture & Trends
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pornography is the new crack cocaine” ~Wired Magazine

PORN…okay let’s just get the word out-of-the-way because if we’re honest, it’s a word we try not to say.  It’s one of those words you don’t want to be heard uttering in the office, at the dinner table, or during  casual conversation, and there’s probably a handful of cuss words we’d rather use too!  It’s a word you’re likely not going to hear the church talking about either, even though it’s an issue running rampant throughout the church.  For a word that no one really wants to talk about (at least out in the open), it sure is one word with major influence and impact in our society.  The porn industry is a multi-billion dollar business that has left a trail of carnage, heartache, despair, brokenness and regrets in its path.  One word, but mucho problemos!

You’re likely not too surprised to hear the notion that porn is a problem in society today, but perhaps not aware of the magnitude of this problem.  According to Wired Magazine, internet pornography is the ‘new crack cocaine’, luring countless millions of teens and adults into its clutches all across the world each year.  At least you can flush cocaine out of the body over time, but pornography…well it burns images of lust and fantasy into the human brain with lasting impressions that few other experiences can match.  In the Nov. 19 ’04 Wired Magazine article Mary Anne Layden, co-director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the University of Pennsylvania, called porn the “most concerning issue to psychological health that I know of existing today”, and that’s coming from a secular worldview!

Porn and its addictive behaviors are no longer an adult male-dominated issue, as both male and female teens are being equally bombarded with the warping views pornography presents on sexuality, morality, relationships, and marriage.  According to the web-based ministry xxxchurch.com, the average age of first exposure to pornography is 11 years old (although that stat has been widely debated due to the nature of the surveys and the definitions of what is considered pornographic), and 90% of 8-16 year-old’s viewing porn online, most often while doing homework.

Whether these stats are 100% correct or not isn’t the point.  The point is the toxic effect porn is having on the lives of teens and adults, with the outlook and future stability of families and marriages at stake.   As Remedy Live’s Ann Blisk stated; “Porn is lulling a generation to sleep so that they miss out on living a full life of joy and happiness. Are we as a society destined to watch sexual fantasy hypnotize those who will be our future parents, lawmakers and spiritual leaders?”

So today’s post is dedicated to raising the red flag of awareness to teens, parents, adults…anyone and everyone interested in confronting one of, if not the most, urgent issue facing our culture’s moral landscape today.  I’ve come across two excellent authors and youth/family ministry experts who have recently blogged on the subject of pornography, both individually, as well as collaborative works.  I encourage you to take some time this week to read the articles from Jonathan McKee and Doug Fields, and if you’ve come across any resources you’d like to share on the subject of pornography, please feel free to share them with us.

Below are the four articles Doug Fields posted on his blog this month addressing porn (which are also included in McKee’s post), as well as Jonathan McKee’s The Increasingly Difficult Task of Fleeing Porn.  Both blog posts also have some very good reader responses, and include some helpful and effective web links.

Later this week I’ll post pt. II of this topic, which will turn the attention away from focusing on the problem, and instead shift to zeroing in on the solution!  In the meantime, here’s a short video from Dr. Doug Weiss on why the temptations and allure of pornography are so strong and almost impossible to resist when we place ourselves in its path.  It’s not all bad news though…there’s freedom on the horizon for those seeking!!
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