Week 3 of “Tearing Down Lies”
One of my favorite activities when camping at the lake as a child was to skip stones. The skill is two-fold. First you must find the flattest, smoothest stone. Then with a proper flick of the wrist, skim the stone across the top of the water at just the right angle. The goal is to have the stone “skip” as many times as possible. I think my all time best was about 6 skips. My stones were small, and therefore the effects on the surrounding lake were harmless.
Very unlike skipping stones, on March 11, 2011, an earthquake rocked Japan, causing a massive tsunami. Over 18,000 people died, and the damage to their nuclear power industry was still being felt as late as 2016, 5 years after the disaster. The total effect on Japan was devastating, but there were smaller, less devastating effects from the shift of the earth’s plates from Norway to Antarctica. Extremely high waves swept one man out to sea, and damaged harbors and tourist areas along the West Coast of North America and Hawaii. Debris from the tsunami washed up on the shores of North America up to 2 years later according to Life Science.
Crashing Against the Walls of Our Culture…
As I watch our culture spin out of control, the above exemplify for me how we so often categorize behaviors and ideas as harmless as skipping stones when they are really far more devastating than the effects of an earthquake causing a tsunami.
Two such ideas are:
“What I do with my body is my business. And what I do in the privacy of my home affects no one but me.”
Maybe we don’t realize the magnitude of the danger associated with “my private business” because we minimize the importance of our actions, and the lasting effects on those around us.
Some of the debris washing up on shore from these tsunamis are:
Our children used to be taught engaging in sex outside of a committed marriage would cause great harm. Now they are taught that engaging in sex is their “right”, and a necessity in dealing with their urges. They aren’t warned that in spite of “safe sex” they are at a very high risk for STD’s.
According to the CDC, more than half of all STD’s are now contracted by our 15-24 year old children. The CDC considers it such a threat, their website opens with banners stating that Gonorrhea is becoming resistant to drugs, and Syphilis is on the rise at alarming rates. They estimate 2.86 million cases of chlamydia and 820,000 cases of gonorrhea occur annually in the United States with 10-15% of these cases developing Pelvic Inflammatory disease and infertility. Most cases have no symptoms.
In 1960 there were only 2 STD’s and now there are 25, according to Dr. Ray Bohlin, siting statistics from data gathered by the Medical Institute for Sexual Health of Austin, Texas. His report sited that these diseases effect 5% of our population, with 63% of new infections effecting those under 25 years of age.
Our society teaches our young people that curiosity with pornography is normal. They aren’t warned that pornography’s addictions feed a massive industry utilizing mainly women’s and children’s bodies to sell their product.
According to Safe Families, in 2003 there were 1.3 million pornographic websites comprising 260 million pages. The total porn industry revenue for 2006: $13.3 billion in the United States; $97 billion worldwide.
According to Focus On the Family, recent statistics show teen addiction rates are absolutely staggering. More than one in five children has access to pornographic websites. By college, 87 percent of men and 31 percent of women view pornography on a regular basis. And, close to half of American households have reported pornography is a problem in their homes.
What’s the big deal? Pornography relegates sexual “intimacy” to a one sided fantasy with the page or photo becoming the partner. That photo never say “no”. It always smiles. It always agrees. It never feels pain, remorse, or rejection. Therefore, one living out their fantasies with porn develop false ideas of what sex should be and how a sexual partner thinks and behaves. Again, according to Focus On the Family, women become “objects” without feelings, a “sport” to be won and conquered, and a “commodity” that can be bought and sold.
The effects of pornography on our society are staggering! It is a major factor in the growing sex trade in the US. It also factors in the rise of STD’s, along with the destruction of marriage and the family. Not to minimalized, it also contributes to the rising medical costs associated with all of this.
Everyone is effected by choices made in private. And, the effects of those private choices will be felt for generations.
So, what can we as the church in America do about it? We will continue this discussion next week, but for now:
- Remember that behind each statistic is the name of someone’s daughter, son, or parent. Pray for these torn families.
- Consider your own private choices, and how they are affecting others.
- Talk with your children about their private choices.
- Don’t use this opportunity to begin pointing fingers, for the Lord God looks to us first.
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
“Father, I see the devastation all around me, and I often blame society, the schools, or anyone but me. Forgive me. Give me a heart to shine your pure light, and flavor my world with pure salt, mingled with extravagant love. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
With love and prayers,