Sunday, November 16, 2008

Re:Lit | Porn Again Christian | by Mark Driscoll | Chapter 4 - A Practical Theology of Pornographic Lust

I've gone a little while without reading and posting some points to discuss from Mark Driscoll's e-book on porn.

This chapter is a heavy one opening up with a look at Adam and Eve, making a few stops in Proverbs, visiting the New Testament, and ending with a story about a young lady that experienced the cleansing, healing blood of Jesus after being used and brutalized by dirty old men.

I love Proverbs. The wisdom found there is not just about sin management, it's about the difference between wise behavior and folly. Folly or foolishness leads to sin and bondage and addiction and, finally, death. But wisdom also calls out to us; pursues us. We need to let wisdom catch us and then put wisdom into regular practice. We need to develop an appetite for wisdom rather than an appetite for lust.

I've heard Driscoll teach about Adam and Eve before. Driscoll says that God did not give Adam a standard of beauty, he gave Adam a wife. The wife God gives you IS your standard of beauty. That is why God says don't covet your neighbor's wife (or any of his other stuff). God gives us what we need and if we think we need something that He gave someone else, well then, we think we're smarter than God. That's folly; the kind of foolishness where we tell ourselves we can't learn anything from God.

Driscoll goes on to give extreme examples of where that folly can lead and the people that can be hurt.

Sex is not a toy. When sex is treated as anything other than sacred, death is the result. Whether it's abortion or abuse or a cavalier attitude that is caught by the kids God loaned to you to train, injury and death are the result.

Think it through.

Re:Lit | Porn Again Christian | by Mark Driscoll | Chapter 4 - A Practical Theology of Pornographic Lust

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Luke Gilkerson said...

I thought that point was very interesting as well.

I liked his quote in chapter 2: "Clearly, God takes the sexual sins of his men so seriously that men who remain enslaved to sexual sin will die in their sins and wake up in the eternal torments of hell. Sure, the naked people you like looking at are hot… but so is hell."