XXX Church

Posted on April 25, 2011

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There are 244,661,900 pornographic websites in the U.S. –  alone.

I am a nerd, yes. I am a sucker for marketing.  And, I love everyone I have known that has ever been in the marketing field – wonder if there’s a connection?  Most of you know (or should know) that I subscribe to a ton of blogs.  I won’t tell you how many because you might think me a weirdo.  Well. Even more weird than you do now, I suppose.  Anyway…I came across a blog once that was about XXX Church.  I was immediately intrigued.  I mean with a name like XXX Church, it has be good.  (Smuckers, anyone?)

XXX Church is  a Christian non-profit that reaches out to those struggling with porn. They raise awareness of porn addictions.  They offer very affordable ($7 a month!) computer monitoring software that emails your accountability partner if you happen to slip.  They hand out Bibles and T-shirts that read “Jesus Loves Porn Stars” at porn conventions.  And they do it in love.  Because, guess what? Jesus does love porn stars and and those struggling with pornography.

Today, I was reading their blog and was thinking about pornography.   I must admit here, that while I have  watched, I have never had an addiction.  (there’s that transparency thing again!) It was always something done as entertainment.   At this point in my life, I have come to recognize sex as an act of love between a husband and wife and, while I believe that God likes for us to have sex and enjoys us enjoying each other, I do not think that it’s meant to be viewed by others.

Why is it that we can talk about someone’s addiction to alcohol but not this addiction? Why is this so off-limits?  If I lie to someone, that is a sin.  If I steal from work, that is a sin.  So is watching porn. I think it falls under the adultery category.   I am by no means saying watching porn is a good thing.  I am saying that I don’t see an porn addiction as anything worse than any other sin.  We all sin.  So why do we treat addicts like lepers?

Approximately 40 million people in the United States are sexually involved with the Internet  Exposing Porn: Science, Religion, and the New Addiction, Paul Strand.  Christian Broadcasting Network, 2004.

In 2004, there were 372 million pornographic Web pages, 2.5 billion emails (8% of total emails), 100 thousand Web sites offering illegal child pornography, and 72 million annual worldwide visitors to pornographic websites Internet Pornography Statistics.  Internet Filter Review, 2004.

The pornography industry is larger than the revenues of the top technology companies combined: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and EarthLink.  Family Safe Media, 2011.

I am sure that some people I know are addicted to porn. I really would not be shocked.  I hope this blog reaches the eyes of someone who needs to hear the following words: “You are not alone.”  “I love you.”   “I am praying for you.”  “Please, do not be ashamed to get help.”

I also hope this blog reaches the eyes of a pastor or someone in leadership at a church who says to themselves, “I bet with stats like these, there are more than a handful of people looking for someone to help but are too scared to ask for it. ”  Please don’t make it difficult for people who need help to ask for it.

Remember:  Someone is praying for you in love.

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