Day 18: Press Pause/Press Play


The enemy likes to trick you into thinking your own personal sins and actions only effect yourself. When we think our sinful habits only effect ourselves, we further justify self-destructive behaviors that only offer damage to our relationship with God. One sin in particular that culture has deemed acceptable, is the viewing of pornography.

Pornography and working in the porn industry has become a significantly less taboo topic in recent years, making it increasingly more culturally acceptable. This new phenomenon has infested Christian communities with 68% of church going men and 33% of christian women viewing porn on a consistent basis.

Though some may not watch porn themselves, many now don’t see any moral issues with watching pornography. In fact, 56% of surveyed teens and young adults believe that not recycling is immoral, compared to the 32% of young adults and teens that believe watching porn is immoral. Our society has had a dangerous shift towards moral acceptance towards porn.

What most people don’t know about consuming pornography is that it actually perpetuates the growing human trafficking problem.

Here’s a scary statistic: If you contributed to even one view of the 28.5 billion views of free porn online in the last year, you may have watched a victim of sex trafficking appearing on camera. Christians are called by God to fight human trafficking, how can we do that when we’re helping perpetuate it? In the Psalms, God commands us as christians to:

Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people. But these oppressors know nothing; they are so ignorant! They wander about in darkness, while the whole world is shaken to the core.
Psalm 82:3-5

When we as christians watch and/or morally accept porn, we act as the ignorant oppressor in Psalm 82. We ignorantly accept sin and ignore the effect it has on the most vulnerable in our society. By morally accepting the growing porn industry, we inadvertently accept the expansion of human trafficking. We are not able to deliver the oppressed from evil when we are the ones perpetuating their suffering.

Psalm 82 is not a recommendation, it’s a commandment from God. Modern day Christians are commanded to fight human trafficking in every single capacity possible, this starts with what we view and consume.

Prayer points:

  • Pray for those who are currently being trafficked. Pray that God would rescue and restore their lives. Pray that God would open our eyes so that we can see and help those who are being trafficked.
  • Pray for those who are currently struggling with a pornography addiction. Pray that God would give them the strength to get help, fight temptation, and free them from their addiction. Pray that God would overwhelm them with his perfect and healing grace.
  • Pray for our society. Pray that as we progress as a society we come to reject consuming porn and that we would culturally see just how immoral pornography is.

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