I’ve asked myself the question a lot lately, “What’s happening? Why is this issue of pornography and unhealthy sexual activity so prevalent today?”
I live in northern California and I am amazed that a week doesn’t go by where I don’t read a story on the news about a teacher, coach or counselor being charged with sexual conduct with a child. I’m sure all of you have heard something about Penn State and all the major issues happening there. It seems to just be out of control.
Why are we seeing this so much? Then I read a front-page story in the Sacramento paper with the headline, “More Kids Turning to the Internet for Sex Education.” I can’t think of an unhealthier source for sex education than the Internet. Then it mentions in the article that, “Only 13 states specify that schools are required that their medical components of sex education be accurate.” Really? I guess I just assumed that what they were teaching was supposed to be right!!!
So, back to my question, why are we where we are with perverted sexual activity so prevalent? Well. Where are we looking at to set our standards? In the article it goes on to say they asked kids the number one way they learn about sex, “We Google it.” That brings to mind Proverbs 14:12,“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” I don’t think any of the people I have read about molesting children woke up one day and said, “I think I’m going to try molesting kids.” One day they may have looked up anything on the internet, not having anything to do with sex, but some link came up that they said, “Hmmm… what’s this?” They checked it out, and then maybe a week later they revisited it. “Did I really see what I saw?” Then they kind of got a bit turned on by something, even though “That’s just wrong.” Then things began snowballing, and one day the police ended up knocking on the door.
I even read on ZDNet that one of the largest rising areas in Tech development is Porn game apps for our new crop of smart phones and tablets. I recently talked to a youth group and was telling them what a great thing they have in today’s Technology where I can have a credit card sized computer in my hand, and call my friend in Kenya and talk with him and watch him on my iPhone. I have a ton of great educational books and games on my iPhone for my 4 year old. He’s doing things at 4 that I didn’t even know about when I was 4. But, with that same phone, I can go into the privacy of my own bedroom, or even at a table in the corner of the restaurant, and look at boobies. Watch movies with naked women, and send sext messages to whomever I want. And nobody but me would know I was doing it. No longer do you even have to find a hiding place for those magazines, or try to sneak them into the bathroom without anyone noticing so you can masturbate.
We need to acknowledge that there is a problem. Nothing ever gets fixed unless you see the need to do it. I don’t know about you. But I what my son will have to face when he grows up. What kind of temptations will he face? I don’t know. But I do know that they only peace I have about it is knowing that God is faithful to fulfill His promises to me. If I do what Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it,” my son will be all right. We also need to train ourselves with the truth. Stand on God’s promises and the fact that He loves us more than we realize yet. Even when we struggle with sexual sin. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Nothing.