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21 October 2010

There’s Nothing Wrong with Looking, Right?

9:45 AM Posted by steve flores , , No comments
[Matthew 5:27-28] It’s obvious that we’ve minimized the activity of looking, when we excuse it away with this blog’s title. The better question is, “What does my need to look say about me?” I need to define “looking” because it seems so harmless, but this type is anything but harmless. It’s looking with a sexualized thought, a perverse action in mind. The type of looking I’m talking about is described in Matthew 5:28, “Everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Remember this cartoon character? As a child, we were subtly taught to laugh at an action like this – it’s just a harmless action where no one gets hurt. We’re almost encouraged because it is human nature and it feels good. To use this excuse is a horrible justifier that leaves a path of destruction in its wake. The biblical principle Jesus spoke of shouldn’t be confined to a specific gender; the over-arching principle is purity. With pornography readily accessible, it seems to fuel the desire to look with greater intensity. And the pornography fire is raging.

Worldwide, porn brought in $97 billion in 2006. That year, people in the U.S. spent about $13.3 billion on porn (that’s more than the combined revenues of ABC, CBS, and NBC).
The largest consumer of Internet pornography is the 35-49 age group.
Average age for the first-time exposure to porn is 11.
90% of children from ages 8 to 16 have viewed porn online (most while doing homework)
80% of 15-17 year olds admitted to being exposed to multiple hard-core materials.
77% of online visitors to porn websites are male.
17% of women struggle with a porn addiction (Women, far more than men, are likely to act out their behaviors in real life, such as having multiple partners, casual sex, or affairs.)
42.7% of internet users intentionally view porn online.
Every second, $3,075.64 is spent on pornography.
Every second, 28,258 Internet users are viewing pornography.
Every second, 372 internet users are typing adult search terms into search engines.
Every 39 minutes, a new pornographic video is being created in the US.

I believe we have a looking problem and it’s not just on the internet. In the book, “
The Porning of America,” it states, “Porn increasingly dominates American life in 2008, shaping our entertainments, influencing the way we dress, and talk, the way we see one another and the way we behave sexually (p.9).” Everything seems to be so sexualized, from commercials to clothing styles, so Jesus’ challenge to not look is more relevant now than ever. It’s more than us looking outward, but it points to what we look like internally. It’s not just a guy problem, girl problem, or Christian problem. It’s a humanity problem of epidemic proportions, with mass destruction in relationships, expectations, modesty, decency, respect, dignity, and love.

Next blog post, I’ll address what Jesus’ solution is to the problem. Read ahead if you like,
Matthew 5:29-30.

*feel free to copy and paste any stat in a Google search bar to find the source