Thank Kay Warren for fighting against pornography!
One of the saddest consequences of sin is the perversion of the sacred sexual union between a man and a woman in marriage. God created sex to be the consummating act of a lifelong union between one man and one woman. Further, marriage is intended to paint a picture of God’s undying, unending, unadulterated love for us.
But, as a result of sin, sex has been horribly perverted and often divorced from committed love in marriage. One of the most tragic manifestations of this perversion is the widespread use of pornography by both men and women –even within the church.
One of the appeals of pornography is that it can feel anonymous –no one is watching and no one is aware of what you are doing. However, porn addictions, like any other addiction, often cannot be overcome in isolation.
Thankfully, Kay Warren, wife of mega church pastor Rick Warren, is working to bring pornography into the light through sharing her own story. Her open and honest discussion of her fascination with pornography brings much-needed attention and light to the dark industry of pornography. Please join us in thanking Warren for her honesty and wiliness to fight against the objectification of sex through personal transparency!
In a new book, Sacred Privilege: Your Life and Ministry as a Pastor’s Wife, Warren discusses her former secret fascination with pornography and how it put serious strain on Warren’s marriage.
Individuals who struggle with pornography need the help and support of those around them to overcome the desire to view pornography. But unfortunately, many people are too embarrassed to come forward and seek help –particularly those in the church.
Based on a recent study by the Barna Group called the Porn Phenomenon, 64% of youth pastors and 57% of pastors struggled with pornography currently or in the past. That number is shockingly high but will stay high until the church becomes a place where porn is fought aggressively through transparency and accountability.
Pornography is too serious an issue to sweep under the rug. Numerous studies have demonstrated the long-term effects of pornography on the brain. It sabotages a person’s ability to enjoy pure intercourse within marriage and leaves both partners dissatisfied and distant –exactly the opposite of what sex is supposed to do.
Through sharing her story, Kay Warren is working to break down the darkness that surrounds the pornography industry. Please thank Warren for her transparency and vulnerability. Her wiliness to share her own story is bringing light to the pornography industry.
Let’s too stand against pornography and commit to open transparency and accountability. Sex was designed by God for our good and our flourishing. We must safeguard marriage through demolishing perverted sexual strongholds in our churches!