What is the major struggle against purity in our culture? Is it the onslaught of soft porn on our televisions, in the movies, and in advertisements all throughout magazines, billboards, and store displays? Is it the state of our culture where women no longer feel modesty is important? It’s difficult to drive down the street or walk through a mall and not be tempted to lust in our hearts against the images we see. That’s not to mention the obvious places like beaches and swimming pools where modesty is out the window.
I could probably go down the list of all the areas of temptation. The point is is that the problem is very real and very difficult to deal with. I would say that any man that doesn’t struggle with this in our culture either lives in a cave or isn’t being honest with himself. That’s not to say that there aren’t men of integrity that are able to shield their eyes or keep their thoughts from straying. I’m only saying it’s a greater struggle because of how prevalent the images are.
I, for one, didn’t have a very good start nor did I have someone to help me think correctly about sex as I went through adolescence. As a result, I believe that by being exposed to pornography for such a long period of time has made it even more difficult for me to pull away in the present. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t go for the psychology where my parents and my upbringing are the reasons for all my failures. They have played a part in shaping my thinking and my worldview but I’m responsible for my choices and ultimately will be accountable for my sin.
What about you? Do you think that you’re not responsible for your choices and behavior? It’s so easy to get caught up in that way of thinking. Obviously, it would “feel” better if it was someone else’s fault. But what does the Bible say? It doesn’t matter what I tell you. However, if God says that you alone will give an account for the choices you’ve made, wouldn’t you agree that it does no good to play the blame game?