Today I would like to explain why Christians should avoid pornography.
First, pornography does not bring fulfillment. Pornography is a substitute for a real healthy relationship. When one views pornography, he or she is never satisfied, because there is no relationship with the object upon which one focuses attention. Whether it be in the form of a magazine, a picture, or a video, it does not communicate with the viewer, thus the viewer is never satisfied.
Second, pornography de-humanizes. The body is sacred just as the soul is sacred. When someone is consumed with a cheap form of art that objectifies people, making them less valuable than any whole person should be, it causes the viewer to cease from seeing actual people with whom the viewer interacts as whole people. It causes the viewer to objectify even the people involved in his or her life.
Third, it becomes an idol. When one seeks something to fill a need that the object cannot fill, then the result is that the person begins to seek it more and more. Eventually, the thing perceived to meet a need becomes the most sought after thing in a person’s life. When this happens, the person elevates that thing to a position in the heart that should be reserved for God alone. The thing becomes an idol. Idols lead us away from our creator, away from our purpose in life, and away from healthy relationships with other people.
Christians should desire to honor God with their bodies and in their minds. When a Christian chooses to honor God he or she must view people as sacred. Christians must see individuals as whole people, not just flesh and not just as a means to an end. Christians should also strive to keep God first in their hearts, something that cannot be done when we elevate idols that draw us away from our Creator. Finally, Christians should seek healthy relationships with people who can meet the needs that pornography cannot. Those needs include being able to be vulnerable, being able to trust, being able to share, and being able to give of yourself to others and receiving the attention, time, and affections of the other person in return.
To learn more about the problems of pornography and to understand why it is an epidemic in this country, I encourage you to read the following two documents by Dr. Jim Denison who leads the Forum on Truth and Culture.
If you believe you may be struggling with sexual addiction, complete the following self test to see if you might need to get help from a professional counselor:
The above test is for all people, the below test is specifically designed for women: