Saturday morning the man I adore and I sat down for a cozy breakfast together. We reviewed the past week, talked about our plans for the upcoming week; the conversation moseyed hither and yon. Of all places, we landed on pornography; another Christian we know is jumbled up in this morass.
“God is so faithful,” my wise husband remarked. “He’s told us that if we persist, he will give us over to our sin.”
We sing Great is Thy Faithfulness with full hearts and think about the provision and mercies of God. I don’t normally think about God’s faithfulness relative to hardening hearts, keeping His word, and giving people over to their lusts.
and Israel would none of me.
So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust:
and they walked in their own counsels.
We need to talk openly about this sin with our kids. We need to be approachable so they can tell us they need help. Do you know how to check the history on the computers in your home? Do you? I like the idea Netflix has where you sign up as “Friends” with others and they have access to your viewing history. It also works to see what your friends like. If you are interested in being Netflix friends with our family, message me.
Women are not exempt from this problem. Many novels are pornography of the emotions. Benjamin Disraili said, “A woman guanoed her mind by reading French novels.”
A church leader in our town resigned/was arrested because his pornography habit expanded to making secret videos of girls in the showers at the church camp. His words to his congregation haunt me: “I thought I could handle this.”
Lord, have mercy.