Recently I listened to a message by Pastor Dave Swaim of Highrock Church to the students of Gordon College. Gordon College is a Christian College, but apparently some members of the faculty asked Pastor Dave Swaim to speak on the subject of pornography.
I’m not easily surprised anymore, but when he said that “The entire American porn industry earns more money than Google, Microsoft, Apple , Ebay, Amazon, Netflix and Yahoo combined,” I was shocked. The message can be found here.
No one needs to be told why pornography is a growing problem. The reasons are too obvious, but some of the reasons go beyond the steady bombardment of sexual images and innuendos or the idea that it really doesn’t hurt anyone … so why not.
Pornography has consequences, but I doubt we will ever see commercials like the warnings we see about cigarettes on television, which, by the way, are turning out to be effective. No, there is just too much money involved to have any concern about the effect of desensitizing people and making them unable to participate in a healthy, intimate relationship. Instead, we will simply redefine what a healthy relationship looks like, just as we redefine anything we want to agree with our way of thinking. That’s just the way it is.
One of the statistics he quoted was that the average age of a child’s first exposure to hard core porn is eleven! Also, thirty percent of all porn traffic is women.
The reason for life is relationship; relationship with God and relationship with one another. That is why the great commandment is two sided. We no longer want to make space for God, and if we stop making space for one another, will we really be happy alone with our computer?
I think an old quote by G.K. Chesterton puts the matter of porn and all our other it’s all about me ideas in the right context,
“Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for God.”