Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Re:Lit | Porn Again Christian | by Mark Driscoll | Chapter 3 - A Theology of Pornographic Lust

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Driscoll rolls out a bunch of Markisms in this chapter. Each one is worth talking about.

**The act of lusting after the unclothed body of a woman is not a sin. The issue is which woman’s unclothed body you are lusting after.>>> Sorry my single bro's. But this is obviously talking about married men and their wives. I've found that is wise and wonderful to cultivate an appetite for the unclothed body of the woman God gave you. You'll have a heart of thankfulness toward Him and appreciation for her.

**I do not necessarily include as pornographic such things as nude works of art or a romantic scene in a movie but acknowledge that a major-league pervert can get turned on by anything, as evidenced by the weirdo I knew who got off on the mating scenes of a nature channel.>>> I don't got much to say to this one. I just thought it was noteworthy.

**...sexual sins are not “out there” in the media, strip club, or gal with low-rise jeans and hi-rise thong. Truly, the problem is “in you.” It is from the sinfulness of your heart that lust and sin proceed like sewage from a culvert. This is the painful, unvarnished truth.>>> This is the truth. I need my brains washed.

**...you must be honest about the lusts in your heart and reduce those triggers that stimulate you.>>> What are your triggers? Mine are depression and disappointment. I feel like I need a "pick me up". I've had to commit to honesty and openness with friends and spouse when I feel weak. My wife has been a huge help (and so is a buddy of mine who isn't afraid to ask tough questions). But it's up to me to communicate...

Re:Lit | Porn Again Christian | by Mark Driscoll | Chapter 3 - A Theology of Pornographic Lust

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3 comments:

DeliveredJude said...

This post is really honest and enlightening. Thank you for sharing the brutal truth and authentically and vulnerably at that. Keep it coming Mondok.

A recently new reader,
Nic

BrianD said...

Gonna read this chapter real quick - then comment.

BrianD said...

1. He makes a confusing choice of words by saying "lust for anyone but your wife is condemned by God...". He should have said sexual desire.

2. I haven't heard Tom Leykis. I have heard other morning shock jocks (including one and a pair who are on satellite radio) and what Driscoll said about Leykis would apply to them. Those morning show hosts are heavy into porn, and that was one of the reasons I got rid of satellite radio altogether.

3. "major-league pervert....mating scenes of a nature channel".

Nothing surprises me anymore.

4. "lingerie catalogs...swimsuit issues, anything else I have forgotten that some son of Adam finds titilating". He touches on an issue that needs to be addressed: you don't have to see skin to sin in this area, nor to struggle with the sin.

5. He's right about the desensitization of our culture towards sexuality.

6. He's also right about how we're not supposed to sin sexually, both in action and in thought.

7. The problem IS "in you", in me, in all of us. The problem is in the heart; Tim Challies helpfully pointed out that Steve Arterburn's method of dealing with temptation by bouncing the eyes is helpful in itself, but insufficient because it fails to address the core issue: dealing with the heart.

8. Like Driscoll said: I need to own my sin and repent.