On Friday a friend of mine sent me an article. I am choosing not to put the link within my blog because the article was pretty sickening. However, I am very thankful to my friend for sending it to me.
The summary of it was this: A former editor of a soft porn magazine is on a crusade to make sure children can’t access internet porn. The obvious question is “why?”. He has a son who is 4 years old, and he is concerned about his son being exposed to explicit material at a very young age. Again, the question is “why?”. The answer is that he has come to the understanding that pornographic material is altering the brain development of both male and female adolescents. He basically said we can no longer put our heads in the sand about the sexually explicit material available to our kids.
So let me make sure everyone understands this. A guy who used to be an editor for a soft porn magazine that probably does not know Jesus is speaking out against internet porn, and he is imploring parents not to put our heads in the sand. If this is his response, what should be the response of the church?
We must sound the alarm. Last night I had the privilege to speak to parents on this at Grace Prep Academy in Arlington, TX. This weekend I had the privilege of speaking to parents on this at Remedy Church in Waxahachie, TX. I will be given the same privilege this Sunday to speak to a small group of men at Lake Arlington Baptist Church in Arlington, TX. What do I share when I speak on this? I share we must make intentional effort to do these things:
1. Relationally connect with our kids
2. Spiritually invest in our kids
3. Appropriately protect our kids
Our children desperately need us. Our challenge is to spend valuable time just building relationship with our kids and to teach our kids the truth of the Gospel. We can’t bury our head in the sand on the dangers of internet pornography and the sexually explicit material that is available to our children. We must be vigilant about taking appropriate measures to protect the hearts and minds of our kids.
We must help our kids learn how to fight the forces of darkness and teach them how to deal with the temptations of the culture. We must show our children how to let God take control in the midst of those temptations, and we must educate ourselves in the area of brain science. Three great resources for this:
1. The book, Hooked
2. The book, Surfing for God
3. The blog, Gospel Coalition (Internet Porn and the Brain), especially check out #9 on this list (great 18 minute educational video)
But I do not want you or myself to stop there. We must sound the alarm for our own home, but we also must sound the alarm everywhere else. We must contact the pastors of our churches and encourage them to address these issues. We must contact our school administrators, teachers and coaches and encourage them to do the same.
Maybe a starting point would be to email this blog to a friend. Maybe you could post the blog on Facebook or tweet out the link to the blog. Let’s just encourage all those we know to get our heads out of the sand and sound the alarm!
May we demonstrate to our children that we are tearing this idol down. May we communicate to them that our hearts and minds are for worship of the Lord alone. May we sound the alarm!