Hopefully, if you have been drawn to this article on The Bridge, you will be aware that pornography is a reality for any young person that has ever had any interaction with people outside of church or their family. If that line shocked you I shall go on to also claim that it is probably not true. Church itself is also a place where young people may have experienced pornography. That also being rather interesting, I have heard stories of young people experiencing pornography within their families as well, normally from older siblings, who reveal the world of porn to their younger siblings.
If you are a young person, you may be reading this never having seen or used pornography, and I would like to add a welcome. My guess is if you have not been involved at all, you will know friends who are, and you will have heard a lot of chat about porn. This subject is not new to young people in the West today. In our society, pornography is everywhere, and there is no supposed levels of porn anymore. Softcore and hardcore are out. The majority of pornography is plainly hardcore, as softcore is now in the daily routine of our culture. Softcore porn is on the deodorant adverts, the shampoo adverts, the clothes shops we enter and the billboards we pass on our way to school. Softcore is normal, and therefore nobody looks for it anymore. Hardcore is normal, and that is what people are looking at.
Here, we will not be looking at the horrors of the porn industry, as we are honing down of the effects of its use, but we are, and you should also be, aware of the abuse and the painful lives of many in the industry. It is horrendous and well worth looking and praying into.
If you are interested in the use of porn; because you have heard of porn, you worry about people watching porn, or you do watch porn, the internet if full of statistics and information about how prevalent it is today. This week we have a few articles and testimonies about pornography, and we at The Bridge truly believe that it is not a subject to hide from, but to stand up to and face the reality of. Hiding does not work when we are looking into porn. It is often tremendously secretive and personal. It's a seeking of self interest and attraction, peer pressure and personal desire. It is all about the self, and the experience of sex from an outsiders point of view. Boys and girls use porn as a stimulant for masturbation, and we are told at school in our sex ed. classes that masturbation is good and normal. “You will not go blind”, I was told by my year 9 french teacher when I had those brilliantly awkward lessons.
Here, this week, are three testimonies of how porn has effected Christians. Some have given it up, some still struggle with porn, but it is a struggle that many more than we wish to believe are fighting or are living with in our churches. You are not alone... and may these articles point you towards ways out of this danger of addiction.
This issue is for both genders, and that is why we do not feel the need to make this into a men's issue. IT IS NOT. It's an issue many have, be whatever gender or sexuality.
Porn is cool. I first saw porn in year 7 at school. I was 11, and that is not particularly young for many of us reading this. I saw all sorts and I was part of the pornified generation. Porn has saturated my pre-teen and teenage years, it is not shocking or vulgar, none of it, and it is normal for me. This is one of the reasons why it is an addiction. Porn is normal, part of many peoples daily routines, and giving that up is a fight that is incredibly hard, but worth doing. If you are pornified, take heart. Gving up can be achieved and it is worth doing. Listen up if you are not pornified, as people around you or people you hang out with are. Take heart, as God can and does move in power, freeing people from the chains of the personal use of porn.