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September 18, 2007 / beidson

More Precious Than Porn

What would ever cause a pimp to forsake his money and women? And what would ever cause a young man to ignore an opportunity to sneak a peek at naked women? And what would ever change a young girl’s mind about using her beautiful body to gain power over people and win the affections of guys? Something more precious than money. Something more beautiful than a naked body. Something more desireable than the affection of a thousand guys. And only one thing matches this description: the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Besides the fear of man, there really is no reason to forake our sin apart from knowing Jesus Christ. If Christ is not truly King, if he has not really risen from the grave and defeated our greatest enemy, death, and if he will not really return one day to judge the world, then he is not better than naked women, or power, or money. He is just another man, who would himself have loved all of these things. But the reality is that he is returning, and he will not turn away anyone who comes to him for mercy and grace. He gladly receives porn addicts, whores, pimps, thieves and liars, so long as they come to him hoping and trusting that he will deliver them from the evils they love so much.

What are you going to tell the teenage boy to convince him that he ought not look at porn? Unless you can humiliate him or cause him to consider his reputation, you probably won’t have much of a chance to change his mind . . . unless you can show him something that is better than porn.

What are you going to tell the young single mother who strips to support her child that will ever convince her to stop what she’s doing? Again, you might say her reputation is on the line, but these days, it’s not really a big deal to be a stripper. Or you might scare her by reminding her of the stalkers who hang out at strip joints. But that won’t cut it either, since it is scarier to have no bread for your child than to have perverts lurking outside your home. The alternative will have to surpass the value and security of her stripper’s income, and even more, will have to convince her that her body is not meant to be put on display. Jesus Christ can do all of this for her.

Whether it’s high school or college students, middle-aged executives, or pizza delivery guys, the key to convincing them that Jesus is Lord is showing them the surpassing value of knowing him. Paul said, “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ . . .” (Philippians 3:8). We must display the worth of Jesus to those who cling to garbage if we ever hope to see them give up their garbage for true treasure. Do you display the value of knowing Jesus? Or is it a big deal when your husband leaves toothpaste on the sink, or your wife forgets to run an errand, or your kids whine all the time, or your Mocha Latte doesn’t have mocha? Do these things look like rubbish compared to Jesus? If not, you will be unable to convince people to forsake their sin for Christ. After all, it’s much better to entertain lust if lust is the best offer available.

Jesus Christ is more precious than porn. His body was beaten and crucified for our sake. His body was raised from the earth for our sake. And one day he will return, in the flesh, to deliver those who have hoped in him and judge those who have not. He bore the shame of porn stars and porn addicts so that they could stand before him on the Last Day and hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Master.” They will look upon the One clothed in splendor and majesty, who is more desirable than any unclothed man or woman. And they will be glad to have such a treasure, the One who made their porn look like rubbish.

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