Over the last 3 weeks I have been traveling the highways of North Carolina and Tennessee. In my travels I have seen the words “Truckers Welcome”. I have found that 90% of the time this is on some billboard advertising adult videos and entertainment. Why is it? My opinion is that these establishments are preying on truckers because the know that it is lonely on the road. I recently read a story which is about a year old of a trucker who killed a lady who was sitting in her car on the side of the road because he was looking at porn while driving his big rig. Because of his actions there is now a family without a mother and the truck driver is doing time in prison. I am not sure if he had a family but if he did they are now without a father figure for quite some time. Two families broken in a matter of seconds because of porn. I have never really thought about truck drivers and porn. We always talk to the business men and tell them to avoid situations and tell them to get the adult channels in their room shut off so they don’t have to worry about the temptation. Most truckers on the other hand spend days if not weeks inside their truck alone. Who are they going to call to get the channels shut off? It has to be hard to stay away from those temptations. I have heard stories from truckers when I used to work on a receiving dock at a hospital. One of these guys would always come in talking about some as he put it “lot lizard” which in short is a prostitute that he hooked up with before making his delivery to us. He had tons of stories about porn and prostitutes. This was way before XXX Church and before I gave my life back to Christ. So I was absolutely no help to this guy. It breaks my heart. I wonder now how this guys life is. I wish I knew then what I know now.
I am not sure if there are any truckers that read this blog. I pray that one who needs it comes across it. If you are that trucker let me tell you this. There is a better life away from porn. I know that being on the road can be a lonely place and the temptations are great. Fortunately there is someone saying “truckers welcome” and that is Jesus. He loves you and wants nothing but the best for you. I urge you to seek a accountability partner. Someone you can talk with and share your feelings. Porn is not easy to say no to but it is easier with help. Check out the resources on this site for more help. Remember Jesus Loves Truckers!