The Pandemic of Porn

This last week, the Wall Street Journal published an editorial entitled, “Take the Pledge: No More Indulging Porn.” The article caused an uproar, not so much because of its content, but rather because of its co-author.

You see, the article was co-written by Pamela Anderson. Yes, that Pamela Anderson – former Baywatch star, Playboy cover girl and soft porn actress. Just a little over a year ago, she herself posed for Playboy’s final issue.

But now she has had a change of heart.

“This is a public hazard of unprecedented seriousness,” she writes, “given how freely available, anonymously accessible and easily disseminated pornography is nowadays. How many families will suffer? How many marriages will implode? How many talented men will scrap their most important relationships and careers for a brief onanistic thrill?”

She also warned that children raised in the current digital environment will “become adults inured to intimacy and in need of even greater graphic stimulation. They are crack babies of porn.”

Since the release of the editorial, Anderson has been lauded by some, but also derided by many. Who is she to talk? She just posed for Playboy.

What does it say, however, when a person who has spent the majority of her adult life inundated in that world comes out and says how dangerous it is?

Porn is a blight on our society. It used to be that a man had to publicly purchase pornography. He had to sneak around and hide it. Today it is everywhere. It is free. It is socially acceptable.

But that doesn’t change the fact that it is sin. Though our world treats porn as inoffensive and even helpful to relationships, it damages brains and bodies and relationships.

God clearly forbids it in the Bible.

Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27,28).

Thankfully, Jesus died for our lust, just as he died for every other sin our eyes and ears and hearts commit. If you have allowed porn to infiltrate your marriage, your computer or your phone, know that Jesus’ blood washes away even the ugliest of filth. You are forgiven and loved by God.

But now’s the time to turn it off. If you struggle to do so, find a trustworthy person to help keep you accountable. Turn to God in prayer and to his Word for strength. Talk to your pastor or find a good Christian counselor.

Wives, do not allow porn into your marriage. No matter what he says, it is cheating. It is adultery.

Parents, monitor your children’s phones, tablets and TV’s. Once the heroine of porn grabs ahold, many people (especially men) struggle to fight it the rest of their lives.

Porn is not harmless. It is addictive. It destroys lives and relationships. It angers God. There is no disputing those facts.

Even Pamela Anderson knows it’s bad.

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