Thursday, October 20, 2011

So you want to be a Porn Star when you grow up?

I was reading some Moore and it got me thinking about this epidemic...


Being a woman I can only assume, but I get the feeling that the number one temptation for men in our culture (and heck all cultures) is lust. If you believe what the media tells us lust is something men think about all day long. Inhabiting the same world as men and growing up friends with men... that does ring true. Now what a man does with that lust is what characterizes them. If a man controls it they succeed over this temptation.


But how easy is to succeed in the culture we are currently living in? In a culture where moms think its ok for their sons to read pornographic magazines and some of them actually order them for them? In a culture where parents send their son off with a relative for their 18th birthday for a good wholesome "ladies entertainment" facility? In a culture where what we watch on basic television today is what would shock our grandparents to even be in a rated r movie not so many years ago.


Do we know that exposure to pornography is detrimental to the development and conscience of a man? Do we know that the guilt and shame associated with it will create depression, marital problems, skewed perspectives of sexual relations and women and im sure many more... What are we doing to protect our sons from pornography?


One day I may be a mother to a son. My husband - a father to a son. What will we do to teach our boy a proper perspective of sex and lust? What have you done? Feel free to share in comments. The world is scary. I know of men whose fathers read porn so they followed after them. I know of men whose parents bought special tv channels to provide their sons porn. While obviously I wouldn't do any of these things (gosh that sounded judgemental. i dont mean to be judgemental. its not for me to judge. but its sad so i feel like commenting on it. and heck its my blog. so deal), so while I wouldn't that doesn't guarantee that my son won't get addicted to it on his own. And What will I do to prevent that? How can I protect my son from becoming visually addicted to such images?


We teach our sons how to fix the car. We teach our sons how to build a fire. We teach our sons how to treat each other. We teach our sons about God. But what do we do to teach them a proper perspective of such a huge part of their lives?


The scriptures teach us to run from sin, to run from temptation. Some people think that the best way to fight temptation is to expose yourself to it and show who is the boss. The scriptures tell you to run from it. Here are a couple verses to help.


Job 31:1 “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman".
Proverbs 6:25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes.
Matthew 5:28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.


I think that the movie Courageous was a great inspiration to fathers and parents to take a more active role in the raising of their children. To get to know their kids and their interests. And to teach their children how to grow up to be strong men and women in their faith. But lets take it one step further. What can we do to stop this pornography epidemic? Starting with our sons.

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