Many are familiar with the story Jesus told in Luke 10:29-37, of a traveler who was on a journey and was stripped of his clothing, robbed, beaten and left to die on the side of the road. As the man lay dying, a priest and a Levite came down the road and walked right past him. No help…no care! Then came the Samaritan man. Obviously this man had empathy in his heart. Two spiritual leaders passed by this broken man not giving him the time of day, let alone their life. The Samaritan, however comes to this man’s aid, picks him up, clothes him and makes sure he is cared for until he had fully recovered.
As we have given our life to fight for the individuals, marriages and families who have been affected by the issue of pornography, we have come face to face with a few things:
- There is a growing movement of people nationwide who are standing up and taking notice that pornography is a huge issue. The science is out regarding what it does to the human brain and people are seeing first hand the effects that porn is having on our culture and society at large. (This includes the millions of innocent victims who are used in its production.) The entertainment industry, one of the greatest agents contributing to the sexual exploitation in our society has even started to take notice by making their voice heard on both sides of the issue. As you may have read in our blog, “Good Advice From Hollywood,” the world heard from Russell Brand regarding his desire to educate people about the damaging effects of porn. On the other side, movies series like, “Fifty Shades of Grey” are being released and millions are watching, as a tragedy in our society is being glamorized and normalized.
- The more we are invited to speak of this issue within the context of the church, the more we see the divided line that has been established. Some see clearly that it is a noose around the Church’s neck, critically crippling its effectiveness within our world. We have observed that when the leadership is open to dealing with it, and lays the foundation for healing and help, not only for those struggling with it but also for those who’ve been negatively effected by it, the floodgates come open and people are stepping into the pathway of freedom and forgiveness by the droves. (This isn’t an exaggeration, sometimes more than we can count in one given location.) Others see it as a “dirty” issue and don’t want to address it at all…even though on the average over half of their congregation is secretly dealing with it in one way or another.
- The third observation we have made is of the mind-blowing number of families that are dealing with the effects of this issue on a daily basis. Just in case you’ve ever wondered if you are alone in this struggle, we’re here to tell you that you are not. It takes our breath away to see how many are bleeding from the inside out and praying for help and support. The sad reality, however, is that unless they are given an open and honest environment to come forward, more often than not, these families just don’t, and hope that it all just goes away.
We share these three observations to help you understand that we are faced with the same issue that Jesus presented within the story of the Good Samaritan. Jesus was dealing with the issue of loving our neighbor, and we are being faced with the same issue regarding the web that pornography has produced in our world. What are we called to do with this issue? Pretend it’s not that big of a deal, and keep walking down the road believing it will take care of itself while broken and wounded people are strewn all around us? Or are we called to stand up and do something to bring lasting change within our society.
From our observation of what we have seen in person and the number of people who have contacted us, we who know the truth can no longer stay silent and wait hoping that someone else to take care of it. The question is, what would happen if we all take a stand; start talking about it in love and commit to being a part of the solution?
You might be wondering how you can make a difference?…this is how:
- Continue being a part of this conversation. We can truly make an impact if we ALL take a stand. We ask that you don’t just read our blogs, but give us input and share this with others in your network. In order to bring awareness and shift the culture of shame, we all need to be willing to get informed, share our story and help those in need!
- Lovingly talk to your pastors and ask how your church can help those who are trapped in an addiction to porn as well as bringing healing help to those effected by it.
- If you don’t have anything in your church or community to help people with this issue, then get information about Pure Desire Groups currently meeting or how to get one started where you are. (See our Resources page.)
- Read about our mission at TheNovusProject.org- to bring awareness and help to students and schools. Get involved today! Thenovusproject.org
- Please pray!
Our prayer is that you will join us on our knees as we come to the aide of those who are on the side of the road beaten, wounded, broken and crying out for help!