“Freedom from porn.” That’s how former Apple CEO Steve Jobs had described his company’s policy not to allow applications (apps) featuring pornographic content to run on its products.
Steve Jobs was accused of being “anti-freedom” to which he responded, “Yep, freedom from programs that steal your private data. Freedom from programs that trash your battery. Freedom from porn. Yep, freedom.” He also said, “Users, developers, and publishers can do whatever they like — they don’t have to buy or develop or publish on iPads. I have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.”
Do you have a problem with pornography? Here are 10 ways to fight pornography in your life:
Admit you have a problem. We live in a world that wants us to make allowance for justifying and tolerating almost every off-color thing we could think of. One of the best things you can do for yourself, your marriage and your children is to admit you have a problem with pornography.
Invite trusted friends to speak into your life, hold you accountable and encourage you. We would also suggest bringing your wife in on your struggle. Voicing your struggle to others and admitting you have a problem is a huge step in the right direction.
Online accountability. Use software to monitor your online activity. Covenant Eyes is a great resource for men. It allows you to receive your accountability partner's reports weekly for the sites they visit and the searches they make. It lets you know when you need to follow up with each other on questionable activity. Finally, it alllows you to celebrate with each other in putting online struggles to death.
Set boundaries with your mobile device. Nowadays, our smartphones and tablets are even more of a gateway to pornography than a desktop computer. The same online accountability applies to your mobile device. Set boundaries and use software to monitor all online activity.
If you have offline pornography at your disposal, destroy it. If you are wanting to fight your addiction to pornography, but are hanging on to that magazine or DVD (in its secret hiding place) then your "fight" is really just a masquerade. Man up, and destroy those items. Right now.
Take all forms of media seriously. Don't think to yourself that TV shows or movies that emphasize sexual situations or portray women in the wrong light are harmless. Even if they are not considered "porn", they are damaging. If you're struggling with pornography these types of entertainment will only make your struggle harder. Instead, think on these things.
If you are married, take a step back and think on your marriage. Are you satisfied and happy in your marriage? What's awesome about your marriage? What is lacking? Are you content with the level of sexual intimacy within your marriage? These are great questions to ask yourself. They just might lead you to the root cause for your addiction.
Realize that you didn't just become addicted to porn. How you conduct yourself in public and where you look everyday have greatly influenced where you find yourself today. That long stare at the passing woman, the double take at the lady you just walked by, the thoughts that come to mind when you see the magazines in the checkout lane at the grocery store... This is where the battle starts - in the everyday scenarios and situations. Fight the good fight here too. Guard your eyes and guard your mind.
Take a second and think beyond the images or videos you're looking at. This is a person, a real woman, a human being created by God, just like you. She's somebody's daughter, sister, or even mother. Think of what her life must be like in front of the camera day after day - exploited and made insanely vulnerable. Chances are she is wrapped up in some kind of string of human sex trafficking and your addiction is helping to fund this multi-billion dollar business. She is not there for your enjoyment. She is being held captive and more than likely is crying out for help.
Your pornography addiction is a heart-issue first and foremost. It's an idolatry issue. You are exchanging truth for a lie. You are voluntarily placing your affections on the cheap thrills that are ultimately fleeting and leave you feeling worthless. You were created for God, by God. Your affections were meant to be placed there, on Him. Ask God to help you every time you are tempted.
Related Resource: Lust: The Leprosy of the Soul
Huddle up and ask your children tonight:
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