If you’re an I Love Lucy fan, you know Ricky always exclaimed this when Lucy had done something crazy! Well that was the comment I expected from one person when I shared that I was heading to a Porn Conference. Apparently you should work on wording when trying to share the details of a work conference you are planning on attending!
If you had asked me a few weeks ago, I would have never have guessed I’d be sitting hearing from the heart of the faith community’s greatest apologists of our time. Yet there I sat listening to Josh McDowell pour out his heart on a subject that is gripping our Country at almost every demographic stage: Porn. It’s become more mainstream lately with the likes of Russell Brand (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kvzamjQW9M) and Terry Crews (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4krRkO4sHc) speaking up on the issue. Even so, the word makes us cringe and turn our minds away, but maybe that’s part of the problem. For decades we have watched as culture has technologically advanced at lightning speed, never really stopping to count the cost of such ‘progress’. We’ve acknowledge the issue but never worked fully to deal with the problem: our own hearts.
As we sat and listened, most of us mesmerized at not only the passion but knowledge of Josh, it caused me to think ‘We’ve ALL got some ‘splaining to do’, especially in the faith based community. The numbers he shared were staggering. Some I’d heard before, some so new I hadn’t. Here’s a few to chew on:
- 2xs as many young adults (25-30) viewed porn before puberty than did Gen Xers (34-54).
- Nearly half of young adults say they come across porn at least once a week-even when they aren’t seeking it out.
- 70% of Christian youth pastors have had at least one teen come to them within the last year for help in dealing with porn.
The study goes on to say so much more and you can find it here: http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/4146777242.html
Shocking, isn’t it? No? Well then here’s one more to make us all think:
- Only 1 in 20 young adults and 1 in 10 teens say their friends think viewing porn is a bad thing.
I can only imagine what the older generation statistics are on that! It made me stop and think, if not for the line of work I’m in, would I see it as something we desperately need to focus on or just a sad cultural norm. I think most of us find ourselves there. Asking ourselves that very question “It’s terrible but what do I do about it?!”
God must have heard some on the Treasure Coast ask that very thing! An amazing opportunity has opened up for myself and a few others to answer that question. We’ll be heading to Greensboro, NC for a week of intense workshops at the Set Free Global Summit. The Summit is a collaboration between national speaker Josh McDowell and Covenant Eyes, a ministry on the cutting edge of internet protection!! Over four days we’ll hear from 30 experts in the fields of medicine, neurology, psychology, theology and more! I haven’t figured out where I’ll store all this extra information but God is the great organizer so I’m sure He’s already rearranged brain space up there!
My goal is to bring back this information to share with our business community, our churches, our students, our parents, and pretty much anyone who will listen. This topic is too important and pervasive to lay silent one more second. I know for many it is a touchy subject. Taboo to others. God called, so off I head because on the last day I’m convinced we all want to hear “Well done” not “You got some ‘splaining to do!”
Willow Sanders, S. R. A. S.
Director of Student Services
Protect the Heart