How does a disease process such as cancer spread to the degree we are facing in our culture? Could we ever be faced with the prospect of experiencing cancer in “epidemic” proportion? Scientists, pathologists, histologists and other professionals work feverishly to find the means to eradicate the beast, or at least lessen the severity of its effects. While we are making progress, cancer’s onslaught is taking a grave toll on many of our loved ones.
The same correlation could be made to the spread of pornography. The effects this “disease process” has made on our society are becoming insurmountable. Many of us are working to restore the moral values to a roaring blaze as opposed to the blazing inferno the sex industry has become.
Erotica has engulfed our culture. The industry itself doesn’t care that it has crept into the mind of your 5- or 6-year old. The sex industry doesn’t even care that some grandparent wraps his 7-year-old grandson his first copy of Hooters calendar and lovingly presents it under the Christmas tree. (One can only surmise the boy’s parents must have found it amusing, as well.) No, the industry doesn’t care, for the consumer continues to feed the beast. I wonder if Granddad would have wrapped up a cancer cell and handed it to his grandchild? He may as well have. He stands a better chance of overcoming cancer than overcoming his addiction to pornography, which he has now introduced in a “subtle” manner with an “innocent” calendar.
The likelihood of this child’s sexual desires becoming a disease process within him is great. It will likely become thought patterns that invade his nighttime, and eventually daytime attention. It can, and will likely, destroy not only every relationship he attempts to attach himself to, but it dilutes and could even separate him completely from any relationship with God. His guilt will become like a cancer that drives his restless heart; his insatiable desire the disease that drives his lifestyle.
How does cancer grow? When we don’t take measures to put the beast to rest once and for all. Research will need to continue in order to find the sure cure. Rounds of chemo and radiation will be necessary in an attempt to get an attack in remission. Proper nutrition and exercise will add measures of preventative maintenance. Healthy and positive attitudes about the health of our body are imperative to beat such a disease process.
Apply this analogy to pornography. The same could work for this damaging disease within our culture. Why do people look at the two with different lenses? One is a physical death; the other spiritual. Just like law enforcement view physical abuse as opposed to emotional: there has to be evidence before they act. The evidence is there in pornography; it simply is covered up with selfish pleasure. They just don’t get it – the pain yet to come, that is. Do you?