In a recent article, Marshall Segal addresses the problem of pornography. He lays out these bullet points that summarize pornography’s devastating consequences:
- Pornography blinds us to God (Matthew 5:8). It blurs our eyes to his goodness, truth, and beauty.
- Pornography trains us to treat women as objects, as less than human. It portrays them as possessions to be used and enjoyed, and then thrown away.
- Pornography fuels sex slavery — real people held against their will and raped repeatedly — all over the world, even in the United States, even in your city or the major city near you.
- Pornography belittles real beauty — like the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 31:30) — and replaces it with a cheap and fading imitation.
- Pornography makes sex small and momentary, like a cigarette, instead of massive and lifelong, like it is in marriage.
- Pornography robs us of some of the delight we might have had with our spouse. It keeps us from experiencing and enjoying them and their bodies without a fog of images from our past.
- Pornography quickly bankrupts trust in a relationship. It encourages us to lie and hide from others, to walk in darkness and then build walls around ourselves in the darkness.
- Pornography grossly stunts our maturity, the development of our mind and our gifts — our abilities to understand God and love others.
- Pornography pursues an undergraduate degree in selfishness, training us over and over to focus on ourselves, prefer ourselves, and serve ourselves.
- Pornography keeps us from all kinds of ministry, disqualifying many and demotivating even more.
- Pornography is teaching many children an awful, evil distortion of love and sex even before their parents explain the truth to them.
I encourage you to read the rest of this helpful article.