Pornography: Killing Men, Killing Children
I find myself off work today, was getting ready to head to the gym (a futile effort it seems), when I read a story on the fact that underage drinking is rampant in North Carolina ( ). Please read it if time allows. Follow me a moment as I chase a rabbit, as right now you probably think that I titled this wrong, I am a Lean man (career not size), an efficiency educator, I make a living finding root causes, my brain went into mode. Some of you will be familiar with “5 why” methodology, the rest of you, Google knows all!! Look it up. This was the path I took today: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Why are more teens drinking- answer- because they have the opportunity to Why do they have opportunity- answer- less supervision Why less supervision- answer- single parent homes Why single parent homes- answer- absentee men Why absentee men- answer- men don’t find pleasure in family

Now as you know I should have reached my answer, during prayer time I was talking to God and the Holy Spirit revealed to me some things. There was one more answer: Why do men not find pleasure in family- answer- porn Porn is used by the devil to alter where a man’s attention belongs. It changes his idea of beauty, it changes his idea of pleasure, and it changes his idea of his role in a relationship. Porn corrupts a man’s views on women, no longer are they to be cherished, but they are simply objects to satisfy his selfish wants. When this becomes the case, even if he has someone he will always want someone else, nothing matters but the gratification. Porn changes a man’s view of what attractive is, how he sees beauty. No longer is his wife rocking his child beautiful, the devil has convinced him of another picture of beauty. No longer is the young teenager someone to be protected, but a sexual object to be exploited. So we have men who decide their needs are more important than others, due to the lure of displaced ideas of pleasure and beauty. They have determined through the bombardment of satan that there role is to receive in a relationship, not to give and care for others. When generations of fathers behave this way other issues arise. They bring it into society, now in the workplace where porn is accepted, guys openly share pictures and websites. Their sons develop the same warped view. Then the next thing you know we have a generation of young girls that believe they must degrade themselves, turn themselves into the type of person that the boys now want. Porn comes from a dark corner to everyday life. Lurid behaviors that used to be reserved for bars and clubs are now occurring in schools. Little girls believe there worth is based on looks and actions, they must become the porn star in order to please the man that only wants the fantasy that porn has provided him. So we have a society of teens who have no fathers at home, because they have developed a warped view, many moms are out portraying themselves as that warped view trying to find the next man to fill the void in their life. Meanwhile children are living as they please and unfortunately not a very moral life.

What does God and his word have to say on this, let me share what I located. Men need to be aware that the devil is real and that he is constantly trying to drag you into a lifestyle that will disrupt the way God has intended things to be. The devil is there waiting to consume you. 1 Peter 5:8 ESV Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. The devil know that one of the best ways to deceive you is to change the way you think, if he can change your perceptions of the world the Lord created then he can introduce sinful natures in your life. Through cunning the devil will lead your thoughts astray. Where your thoughts go you will follow, and whether politically correct or not, where men go society follows. The devil knows this is how God created it, so he targets men, often through women. The devil used “the 2 ways to a man’s heart” in the Garden of Eden, a woman and food. This was to play on his desires, and get his desires out of align with God’s plan, just as he does to men today through pornography. 2 Corinthians 11:3 ESV But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. As men of God we must make a stand, we must do as the word commands and begin to correct this issue. We must make a stand in our workplace, social networks, and home life. Ephesians 4:27 ESV And give no opportunity to the devil. God tells us that if we will be obedient to him, submit our lives to him, make a stand for God the devil will flee. He attempts to corrupt the thoughts to prevent the work you should be doing for God. He seeks a foot hold to keep you quiet when you should be loud. God’s promise to us through his word says the devil will flee. We need to believe that and stand upon it. James 4:7 ESV Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

What does the Bible say about beauty? Why is the truth so much better than the lie of the devil? Why is God’s plan the right way? Why will we be happier? God is beauty! He has designed us in his image, given us a life of communion with Him. He can fill our homes, relationships, and every part of our life with that beauty. How dare we let he devil take that from us. Psalm 27:4 ESV One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. God intends men to represent the love that Christ has shown us, by showing others, through loving our wives, and by extension our children. What an honor, to lead a household for God, to receive the blessing of children. Why would we let the devil take this away? Ephesians 5:25-33 ESV Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, ... God has placed a time for everything in his plan, and when we walk in his plan we will be surrounded by the beauty of life. We were meant to walk in God’s ways always and forever. We do not always know or understand God’s ways, some will never be revealed and others revealed as we grow and seasons change. We must have faith in the things we do not understand about God, and we can base that faith on what we do understand. And what we can understand now is that the devil has released evil into the lives of men through pornography. We see the damage it has caused. God’s plan is opposite of that and so that should breed in us a faith that his ways are better. Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

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