This is the third article in a series of four titled “Judeo-Christian Heritage” writings. The topics thus far have been:
Abortion, The Great Issue;
Euthanasia, The Right to Die; and
Homosexuality, The Real Problem.
Dr. James Dobson, family psychologist and Founder of Focus on the Family, states, “most Christians seem to believe that pornography is characterized by air-brushed nudity in men’s magazines, but “mainstream porn” has become far more perverse in recent years focusing on rape, incest, defecation, urination, mutilation, bestiality, vomiting, enemas, homosexuality, and sadomasochistic activity.”
Some say that pornography (sex magazines) is a victimless crime. The Bible exposes sexual explicit magazines for what they really are...smut and filth. Pornography is a slap in the face to the integrity and beauty of women and all who are sexually exploited.
Paul the Apostle, told the Ephesian culture not to even let impurity be named among them. Our modern era has to contend with sex parlors, topless bars, porno magazine stands, video stores, sex cable channels, dial-a-porn telephone services and internet porn. Most Americans are ignorant of how vicious this moral plague has become.
Ephesians 5:3-5 gives clear instruction regarding God’s intolerance of such grave sin: “but fornication, and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”
The pornography industry has entered the mainstream of American life via movies, magazines, and internet and seemingly has lost its offensiveness and shock. And yet, we Christian believers should adamantly oppose this ungodly industry and it’s profits.
How to get involved and express your disapproval?
1) Contact your local, state and nationally elected officials. Be clear and concise in your opposition to the porn trade and lewd magazines in your local stores or on your local cable/satellite networks. Always be courteous and Christ-like in your activism.
2) Address your city council or county supervisors on issues of obscenity. Share your opinions regarding legal, medical and moral concerns. Communities need to band together to prevent exploitation of teens and children. Many sexually transmitted diseases are a problem related to some of the practices regarding pornography.
3) Inform your law enforcement officers and District Attorney of your concerns. Police and sheriff departments along with the district attorneys will investigate and prosecute those committing illegal and obscene acts in which the law is broken. Many cities and states have local and state prohibitions that are to be enforced.
5) Help stop indecent offensive language and sexually oriented programming on television and radio. Contact the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at their web site www.fcc.gov. Scroll down to the obscenity/indecency link at the bottom of the left hand bar. Register your complaint and concern. American Family Association (AFA) and Citizen (Focus on the Family) magazines recently reported that it was not until more than half a million Americans complained about a “raunchy, breast bare Super Bowl halftime show, did the FCC take action. Christians, you can play an important role in making sure that the airwaves are wholesome.
Light penetrates darkness.
Tom Minnery in his book “Why You Can’t Stay Silent” writes “Jesus challenged His followers to be the light of the world and that light will conquer the darkness.” We can defeat the Porn industry in our locale by being active. It simply involves convictions and responsibility.
Love Offering for Ms Neva McLaughlin.
Our hearts continue to be saddened by the death of Dr. Roy McLaughlin. The Moral Action Committee Trustees invite each church or local association to give a love offering to Ms Roy (Neva) McLaughlin. You may send this expression of care and concern to:
Ms Neva McLaughlin
3114 Derby Lane
Swartz Creek, MI 48473
National Day of Prayer.
The MAC encourages every church and pastor to make preparations for our May 7, 2009, National Day of Prayer. Www.ndptf.org.
Highlighted Churches that Support the MAC:
Fellowship Baptist Church, Pittsburg, TX
First Baptist, Mantachie, MS
Farley Street, Waxahachie, TX
First, Carthage, TX
Friendship, DeQueen, AR