The following guest article is a fitting capstone over the last few weeks for our brief series on the topic of addiction. It was written by Beckie Lindsey and originally published on her blog on July 17, 2017. Beckie is a gifted author and committed follower of Jesus whom I am privileged to include in my list of special friends and colleagues. You will find this piece to be more than insightful because in addition to her spiritual perspectives, there is statistical information about the plague of pornography and links to resources for any who might want to explore more.
It’s no secret that the digital age has made pornography more accessible and pervasive than ever. Just a click or tap away, technology has ushered porn into the mainstream culture where it has become increasingly accepted.
There have been numerous studies and stats compiled in recent years to help us understand more about who is using pornography and its effects. Below is a compilation based on a few of the current studies along with some helpful sites for pornography addiction.
The intention behind this article is to bring awareness, show scientific evidence of the damages of porn, and provide hope. I’ve seen first-hand how porn can tear relationships apart. I know too many Christians who are “hiding” their Continue reading
Coming Tomorrow ~ We’ll be putting a capstone on our brief series on addictions tomorrow, and to help do that, we’ll introduce you to a gifted author, committed follower of Jesus, and treasured friend and colleague, Beckie Lindsey, who will be our guest blogger this week. My hope is that this bit of advance notice will encourage you not to miss her piece on the epidemic of pornography addiction. She posted the piece on her blog last month, and I asked for the privilege of sharing it with all of you. My prayer is that information like she shares in her piece helps to raise awareness of the worldwide plague that pornography addiction has become.
As always, my prayer is that God will bless you for the time you sacrifice to read, and for what it says about your devotion to Him and your ongoing faithfulness in supporting “Right Side Up Thinking in an Upside Down World.”
Thanks for keeping an eye out for tomorrow’s post!
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In last week’s post, Addiction—Hardwired for Heartache, our cat, Dusty, helped to briefly illustrate one facet of the pervasive plague of addiction, perhaps the most persistent, destructive, and costly epidemic our nation has ever faced. We mentioned that the obsessive pursuit of sin’s empty enticements, an identifying hallmark of addiction, does more than establish a repetitious pattern of behavior; it can also re-program the way our brains react to certain stimuli. Regarding that phenomenon, an article on genetics and the brain had this to say:
Busy Brain–Image by TZA
“As the brain continues to adapt to the presence of the drug [or its own chemical response to certain compulsive behaviors], regions outside of the reward pathway are also affected. Over time, brain regions responsible for judgment, decision-making, learning, and memory begin to physically change, making certain behaviors “hard-wired.” In some brain regions, connections between neurons are pruned back. In others, neurons form more connections.
Once these changes take place, drug-seeking behavior becomes driven by habit, almost reflex. The drug user becomes a drug addict.”
An Elusive Enemy ~
The search for a counteractive response to addiction that is safe, effective, dependable, and accessible has devoured Continue reading
Posted in Addictions ~ A Christian Perspective, Faith, Family, and Culture, In the News, Insights, Right Side Up, Series Topics, Wake Up Calls
Tagged Addiction, Do not be overcome with evil, heaven, Sin
We had a cat once. His name was Dusty, although having his own name was not something he seemed to find particularly engaging. If it ever mattered to him one way or another, he kept it to himself. Dusty was masterful at demonstrating indifference. He could remain detached and disinterested in regard to almost anything unless it interfered with his primary preoccupation, napping, or involved potential access to something edible, and only then if he happened to be in the mood for it.
Hardwired to Hunt–Image by Sharon Brogan
Once in a while, we expanded Dusty’s role in the household a bit and involved him in some ‘G’ rated family entertainment. We discovered that if we took a bright light and a little mirror or one of those red laser pointers and started flashing a little dot of quickly moving light around him, the response was incredible.
He couldn’t restrain himself. He became a cat possessed, totally psychotic and out of control, wildly chasing that little spot of light around like whatever was left of his Continue reading
Posted in Addictions ~ A Christian Perspective, Faith, Family, and Culture, In the News, Insights, Series Topics, Wake Up Calls
Tagged Addiction, Evidence of things not seen, Faith is the substance of things hoped for, opiod overdose, prescription drug abuse
Things that appear to be supernatural are fascinating, aren’t they? When I was about 16, I paid fifty cents to see “Marvel the Magician” at our local county fair and was thoroughly intrigued and mystified by his power to magically produce some things out of nothing and to make other things disappear. It sure looked like magic and was definitely exciting but believing that such power actually existed was challenging and confusing. After all, if “Marvel” could really pull a rabbit out of a totally empty top hat, couldn’t he just as easily pull out a handful of Continue reading
My uncle once remarked about his wife, “She’ll talk with you about anything you want to talk about—as long as it’s horses.” It was his way of alerting folks to the fact that my aunt was a horse enthusiast—“enthusiast” meaning, of course, that if faced with a choice between losing my uncle or her favorite horse, she might have to pause and think for a minute or two. Enthusiasts tend to be a bit out of the normal range when it comes to some particular issue, subject, hobby, species, etc.
Pushing the Narrative
People locked in the jaws of a narrative can sometimes be challenging for those who do not share their perspective or reflect their level of obsessive enthusiasm. Mainstream media representatives these days are a prime example. The left-biased, narrative-driven antics passed off as news reports by mainstream media have drawn reactions from many that range from nausea to Continue reading