Isn’t it true that God created men and women to thrive in a communal environment? I am not talking about sharing a home with 4 other families who have all decided to pool their money for food while all 14 kids run wild through the shared house. I am talking about the deep need built into every human being to belong, to be transparent, and to experience life in a deep relationship with God and others.
God created men and women to live in community with one another and the isolating impact of pornography exists in direct contrast to God’s intended plan for you.
When Adam & Eve chose to pursue a different path than God intended they immediately realized their nakedness. In an attempt to solve their self-made crisis they sewed fig leaves together and then found a tree to hide under. Their sin had drawn them to isolation. As they are hiding in the trees they hear the voice of God.
“But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”” [GENESIS 3:9-10]
It is clear that pornography will isolate someone to the trees.
Sin in general and especially pornography will cause you to isolate from God. The shame is often so great that coming face to face with God is terrifying. You know you have done something wrong, you know you have denied God’s intended direction for your life, and you want nothing more than to hide in the darkness. This often results in pulling back from the environments in your life where you feel closest to God. This isolation invites more shame and ultimately a breeding ground for future sin.
In our isolation from God you also isolate from others. The people in your life who care and will help get pushed out. Ever wonder what happened to the guys in your accountability group who are seemingly to busy to show up? When we fail we hide from others. You choose your addiction to pornography over your kid’s soccer game, a family dinner, or walk in the park. The distress inside your mind makes is nearly impossible to operate in a healthy relationship. Over time the isolation of pornography will destroy the most important relationships in your life.
God presents another option. God’s offer is for a better life, a life of refreshment.
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” [ACTS 3:19]
If you want to be alone and broken, pornography may just be right for you. If you desire forgiveness, relief, and refreshment then Jesus offers HIS way.