Tomorrow I’m giving a talk at our church titled “Christianity and Nakedness: a theology of pornography.” It’s 7:30. All are welcome. Please pray that God would use our time together for his glory and our good. The audience I have in mind is the general Greenbelt community, so please feel free to invite friends, Christian and non-Christian alike.
I tried to promote the talk two Sundays ago by saying, “On December 14th, we are having a talk on something everybody loves to think about this time of year: pornography.” I intended it as a joke, and you laughed. But there is actually a deep connection between the topic and the time of year.
In the coming weeks, we typically reflect upon the incarnation. The Word became flesh. God the Son had—and continues to have—a true human body.
The incarnation gives us the greatest reason why pornography is evil and ought to be categorically rejected. If God takes on a human body, it tells us that the body is sacred. It is, therefore, not meant to be used and enjoyed as a mere object, which is what pornography does. It’s been said that pornography is wrong, not so much because it reveals the flesh but because it obscures the person.
And in case you haven’t realized, “obscuring the person” is epidemic in our culture. The average age of porn addicts is going down—we are talking kids ages 8-11—and the percentage of people who are affected is going up. If you have young kids, they will deal with this issue more pervasively and directly than you probably ever did.
What do we need?
A shallow theology of sex is not going to cut it. A simplistic moral teaching—Porn is wrong, don’t do—isn’t going to make a difference. Its pull is too strong. And we are swept up in a current where everyone—so it seems—is doing it. Only a robust biblical approach can help. Only God can help.
It’s impossible to say everything in a brief talk. But I want to suggest some categories and connections that will help build a worldview in which pornography feels less plausible. I want to suggest a way of thinking about the human person, our sexual identity, and beauty that calls more attention to why pornography is wrong and points the way to what is right.
I pray that our church would be a place where sinners come and experience the forgiveness and healing of Jesus. This will happen first and foremost thought God’s word being taught and His Spirit bearing fruit, but God also uses the community of believers to collect witness to his Truth. What are you doing to actively work toward this kind of community?