I’ve already blogged for this week, but as I read an entertainment news brief today, I felt that I needed to mention it. According to People.com, actor David Duchovny recently checked himself into rehab for a sex addiction. It’s ironic because he actually played that exact role on a series not too many years ago. (Life really can imitate fiction sometimes, can’t it?)
But, that is not why I wanted to send out this message. I don’t know, nor do I care to know, all of the particulars, but with what has been shared, I am actually proud of him for addressing his problems and seeking help. Recently, I spoke at an event and a newly married woman vulnerably shared how she went to counseling to address some issues. She then went on to say, “I only went to see a therapist once, though. I’m not crazy.”
Getting therapy does not make you crazy. As a matter of fact, there are a myriad of scriptures that speak to the WISE BENEFITS of seeking wise counsel (Proverbs 1:5, 12:15, 19:20, 20:18, 24:6). What’s “crazy” is if you need it and your pride prevents you from getting it—no matter how long it takes! (Proverbs 16:18)
That said, actually, the first thing that really caught my conscience while reading the story was that I recall Duchovny being the host/narrator for the HBO mild-porn (if there really is such a thing) show, “Red Shoe Diaries” back in the day.
Yes, for me to know that, it means that I’ve seen it before. I used to sneak a peak when I would go to visit one of my cousins as a teenager. Now that I think about it, I’ve always confessed (James 5:16) that my first introduction to pornography was in college, but I guess that would have actually been my first experience. In many ways, that served as my “gateway drug” to the highs I got off of hard-core porn in later years.
And that’s kind of my point. Who knows where Duchovny’s mind was way back then, but when the Bible warns that you will reap what you sow, and that when you sow to the flesh, you will reap corruption (Galatians 6:7-8), just let this be another reminder that God’s Word is true.
More proof of this fact is that a woman I went to elementary school with was brutally murdered several years ago. When her father went to visit the 15-year-old who did it (I know, right?), when he asked him what would make him do something so evil, he said that he started watching soft-core porn, then hard-core and then snuff films (horrifically-violent porn). He decided that he wanted to experience for himself what he watched.
Do you know what the really shocking thing about his story was? He wasn’t even caught for his crime until the following summer when he returned to the exact same apartment complex where she lived. He was there trying to get his next “victim” and his prints ended up matching the ones that were in her home.
Sound drastic? Sound a little “over the top”? Does it sound like nothing you would ever consider because you have your porn/sex/lust habit under control? Don’t get too confident in that mentality. (Romans 12:16) Matthew 6:23 tells us that if your EYE is bad, then your WHOLE BODY will be full of DARKNESS, and the truth is that you just can’t see what you ought (or how) in the dark. You’d be amazed what you are capable of when you think no one is looking.
It may not result in the loss of a life like Candy, but it could result in the potential death of a marriage or reputation like Duchovny, or just the sickening of your own spirit. None are worth the risk, are they?
Hey, trust me, almost two years into my abstinence, I am preaching to the choir when I say that nothing outside of God’s will for your life is really all that “harmless”.
It’s the moment that you think otherwise that you’re hooked.
People.com Article: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20222539,00.html