Playboy announced that it will "cease the publication of nude photographs of women in its magazine." When I read this, I said, "great news!" But is it really good news? Morally it appears to be great news because they will no longer be publishing their magazine.
When we look into the details, we discover something quite different. Playboy has not had a change of heart. Rather, the publishers of this magazine have declared that their product is not viable any more. The reason is telling. They reveal that pornography is so pervasive and freely accessible on the internet that people no longer buy their product.
The CEO of Playboy, Scott Flanders had this to say; “You’re just one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And it’s just passé at this juncture.”
I am not sure about you, but I find this news sad and alarming. Women are afraid of rape in our society, and we know that the statistics reveal that most rapists have spent prolonged periods of time viewing pornography. As a friend of mine said, "One day, one of those men may rape my daughter." That places a whole new perspective on the power of pornography.
What has happened is that Playboy has fallen victim to its own success. However, our society continues to falter and wallow in perverse and obscene viewing. I understand that at a certain age people can choose to view what they want. But does that make pornography right? Does that create a wholesome society? Does it strengthen marriages and help families? I think not!
Teenagers can access the internet via their phones whenever they choose. The saddest part of this story, for me, is that even Playboy has lost its shock value for teenagers. They are able to access anything and everything. What are those images doing to them? I can guarantee you, they are not creating wholesome young men!
So what can we do? I will make only a few suggestions:
- Pray for our young people: As trite as this sounds, I do believe we need to pray for our teenagers more than ever. They are extremely vulnerable. Most teenagers know more about sex acts than I do! That is because I have not exposed myself to what is on the internet and I don't plan to at any time.
- Watch out for your children: Know where your children are and who their friends are. I am not saying we cut them off from their friends, but I do think it is imperative that we know where our children are and what activities they are up to.
- Invest time into your children: We need to spend time with our children and warn them against some of the dangers of the internet.
- Speak openly with your children: Let your children feel safe with you. They need to know that they can come and talk to you at anytime—about anything!
- Make certain your children are filling their minds with good material: That is why it is so important to have a daily family devotion. Start and end your day with God. Help your kids to memorize God's Word. When temptation comes the Word of God is in their hearts and minds and it can enable them to make the right choices.
I am not trying to be negative or begin your day with gloom. But we do need to look at our current reality. Our world is a sad and hurting world. However, I do know that Jesus is the answer to our needs—allow Him to fill us with His hope for our hurting world.
My prayer is that you will gently and wisely lead your children to discover the beauty and freedom that only Jesus can give. When they do discover Him they will want to invest their lives for His Kingdom. My prayer is that their minds would be filled with Jesus not pornography!
I am and always will be,
recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,