A Dramatic Dichotomy: Love and Porn

Today, I was sitting in my favorite study spot on campus (The Academic Grind for those Huskers who are curious) and across a very narrow aisle another student was also studying. Well, he was sort of doodling in a notebook. I wasn’t spying on him, I was just close enough to see what he was doing out of my peripherals.

At some point he stopped doodling and grabbed his laptop and opened. Unfortunately I could still see his screen out of the corner of my eye and saw that he had a page of pornography open. He quickly shut it, went to Google and searched for “love poems”.

Now, shame on me for not looking away. I was a little shocked, but I was more upset that I wasn’t as shocked as I should have been. But I wasn’t surprised that a college student was openly viewing porn in a public place on campus. But I was surprised that he closed that window and was searching for love poems online.

We have no idea what love is. We are looking for it in the places that society tells us (which is in pleasure) and we come out empty and wanting more.

And then we google Love Poems.

If I was a braver person I would have said something to him, but instead I’m anonymously voicing my concerns online like a coward.

Here’s something I found on pinterest:

WHAT.

WHAT.

Whaaaaaat the crap does that even mean.

So basically we have no idea what love is. We assume it’s receiving pleasure and when that runs dries (or we become ashamed) we turn to something more substantial. But even that can’t sustain us. We assume love is just giving enough of ourselves to someone to keep us safe and not get destroyed.

I also wanted to write about this because I felt a little braggy in my last post. So, just a great reminder for myself that I am still a scared sinner.

“We love, because he first loved us” — 1 John 4:19

” I may have powers of prophecy, no secret hidden from me, no knowledge too deep for me; I may have utter faith, so that I can move mountains; yet if I lack charity, I count for nothing. I may give away all that I have, to feed the poor; I may give myself up to be burnt at the stake; if I lack charity, it goes for nothing” 1 Cor 13:1-3

Peace.

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2 thoughts on “A Dramatic Dichotomy: Love and Porn

  1. Oh my, porn is this HUGE sickness in our culture, isn’t it? Not only for men, but for women as well. How much more shocked would you have been if it had’ve been a woman you noticed checking out porn and then “love poetry”? (I wrote a little something on women and porn – http://www.thefemininegift.org/2013/11/women-and-pornography.html) It’s rampant in our culture. I’m curious what you could have said to that chap? Not much comes to mind really – but prayer for him and for all affected by the scourge of pornography helps so much.

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