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Talking About Sex and Pornography in Church

19 Oct

Why don’t churches talk about sex and pornography more?  Whether you’re married or single, in adolescence or adulthood, sex and what to do about it bombards your reality, yet the Church, which should be the place ushering us into the true reality of Jesus’ Kingdom, is often strangely silent on this topic (yet Jesus wasn’t…).  Are we afraid people will be offended?  Are we afraid to be vulnerable, admitting our own struggles?  Do we honestly think if we just don’t talk about it, it will simply go away?  Pretending it will go away does people such a destructive disservice because sexual temptation isn’t going away anytime soon, in fact it is only invading our culture faster and stronger as technology becomes more advanced and more a part of our daily lives.

Chew on these stats: (source)

  • In a 2007 study of students aged 13-14, 90% of males and 70% of females had accessed pornography at least once.
  • 87% of men and 31% of women reported using pornography.  (2008)
  • The pornography industry has larger revenues than Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, Apple and Netflix combined.

So somebody is looking at it, I wonder the chances it is people in our churches?  But for whatever reason, we are afraid to talk about it.  Ironically, Jesus and the Bible were not.

I encourage you to check out the sermon I did this past Sunday on this topic.  The sermon hits on sex in general, not just pornography, and is applicable to all ages and genders.  Before posting the link, I also want to share with you some great resources to protect you and your family:

  • www.k9webprotection.com – a free web filter that you can customize, including blocking general categories and specific keywords.  Have someone else put in the password.  I have this on my computer and it is a lifesaver.
  • www.x3watch.comfree accountability software where people you choose will receive emails every two weeks listing questionable sites you visited
  • K9 Web Protection’s web filter app free for iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone
  • http://bloqer.com/ – Web filter for Android phones (not familiar with this one)
  • Great Selection of Hammers – purchase one to destroy your smart phone if you have one that you can’t find a good filter for
  • If you know of other resources, mobile device filters, etc. please post to fill us in.

My best recommendation is to do what I do and simply remove the data plan from your cell phone package.  It’s amazing that you can still function as a human being without having the web while you drive your car or purchase groceries!  And as a perk, you’ll be rich!  (or at least $10-$20 richer per month when you downscale your cell phone plan).  That’s a whole ‘nother blog post just remember you did survive without web on your phone at one point and if you can’t filter out the porn, getting rid of the web on your phone is definitely worth it.  Now, here’s the sermon (yes it’s longer than usual but we are talking about sex so your attention span will be able to handle it!)…

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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in My Thoughts on My Sermons

 

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