Morning: Matthew 5:27-32; Noon: Exodus 23-25; Evening: Psalm 24
According to the National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families, 2010, 47% of families in the United States reported that pornography is a problem in their home. Pornography use increases the marital infidelity rate by more than 300%. 40 percent of “sex addicts” lose their spouses. 68% of divorce cases involve one party meeting a new paramour [lover] over the internet while 56% involve one party having an “obsessive interest” in pornographic websites.
Is it just happenstance that our Lord immediately speaks about divorce after warning his disciples about lust in the heart? These modern statistics from the NCPCF reveal just how lust and marital problems go hand in hand. Marital infidelity increases by 300% when pornography enters the home, and almost half of those who become sexually addicted to pornography lose their spouses. Simply put, most divorce cases are directly related to pornography. If you know someone who is going through a divorce, good bets are, pornography entered the home. Pornography is single-handedly the most dangerous poison in marriages today, and yet, the pornography industry continues to remain larger in the United States than any other place in the world, hosting an approximate 428 million pornography pages online, 60% of the world’s total, with second place belonging to the Netherlands at a measly 187 million pages comparatively (26%), according to Paul Walsh, founder and CEO of Metacert.
What does this say about America’s future? Nothing good, that is for sure. The challenge we must pose to our fellow countrymen and perhaps even ourselves if we too are struggling to keep our eyes pure is to cut it off. Limiting our internet access to a public space in the home or even outside of the home to a library or something of the sort, switching to a mobile phone without internet access, setting our search engines to safety modes, and even confiding in someone as a type of accountability partner, are all worthy efforts to help squash the pornographic epidemic plaguing our nation and marriages. Set your mind on a new course toward new passions that are positive and worthy of praise (Phi. 4:8).
Pray with this vow before God today: “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes” (Psalm 101:3)