May 18, 2008

The Uninvited Home Invader

Philippians 4:8-9

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure … think about such things.
Philippians. 4:8


In recent years some highly respected pastors have been found out to be addicted to online pornography. In most instances it was the last thing they intended or expected. It happened gradually, with devastating consequences for their families, churches, and careers.

For every pastor who has been publicly exposed, there are thousands of other people who have fallen prey to pornography. Computers and the Internet, which have enriched our lives in many ways, have also brought in an uninvited home invader. Online porn has caught many people unawares of the consequences of a first look, not realizing that pornography’s lure can be as addictive as drugs or alcohol.

The apostle Paul urges us to think only about things that are right and pure. In Matthew 5:29 the Lord Jesus says that if our eye causes us to sin, we’d be better off to gouge it out. If you have started watching, stop today. If you are addicted, go for help. If someone in your family has become addicted, step in now. And make sure you know what your children are watching.

In 1 Corinthians 10:13 Paul says that whenever we are tempted, God provides a way out. One way to avoid this temptation is to use a filter. Every home and every church with Internet access should have a filter that keeps the uninvited invader out.

Lord, we pray for all who have become addicted. Give them the help they need and the courage to accept help. Whenever we are tempted, Lord, show us the way out. Amen.

About the author — Arthur J. Schoonveld

Rev. Art Schoonveld is a retired minister in the Christian Reformed Church. Before retiring in 2001, he served churches in California, Illinois, and Michigan. Since his retirement he has worked part-time for the denomination and has served as an interim pastor. Art and his wife, Anita, have four children and nine grandchildren.

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