Read: Hosea 4:1-5:15, 2 John 1:1-13, Psalm 125:1-5, Proverbs 29:9-11
But why should I punish them for their prostitution and adultery? For your men are doing the same thing, sinning with whores and shrine prostitutes. O foolish people! You refuse to understand, so you will be destroyed. (Hosea 4:14)
Relate: Maybe you’re better than me. Maybe you don’t tend to bring down shame and reproach on the wrong person. For me, it is all too easy to look down on the weak. Those on the bottom rung of the ladder of sin tend to get the worst treatment even though it is the sin of those who have stepped over them (and manipulate and enslave to keep them there) who are most deserving of rebuke. Those on that bottom rung are easiest to spot. If I were to take this verse in Hosea and look at it from a more modern context, they would be the street walkers hoping for some car to stop and pick them up. There they are, on the corner selling their body. But what about the pimp in the shadows who, through money, drugs, and fear has that poor girl literally enslaved? What about the man who stops his car and picks her up making such a vile money scheme even possible? If I think about it deeper, I will look down on them too. But what about a society that continues to punish the victim like a criminal? What about the man who spends money on the internet to fuel a porn economy? What about those like me, who refuse to truly understand?
React: Lust is adultery. That Jesus makes clear when he says that anyone in lust has committed adultery in his heart. By logical extension, pornography is prostitution. But why condemn the prostitutes while the men run free? The first and most important thing any of us can do is to get free ourselves. If we struggle with pornography, swallow our pride and talk to someone: a mentor, a pastor, a trusted friend. Get something on our computer and smart phone like x3watch or netnanny.
Even if it is not something we struggle with, odds are, half the people we deal with on a regular basis do. Every second, yes I said second, 28 thousand more people are viewing pornography and they are laying down $3,075.64 to do so. The industry brings in more revenue than baseball, basketball, football, and hockey combined. Can I put a stop to it? Can you? Can we? No. But if I am open enough and my neighbor trusts me enough, maybe that will be one person and one dollar less. Then another. Then another. Maybe that can contribute to one less victim like Constance in the world.
Respond: Father God, I pray for those girls who have been sold into slavery because of our addictions. Bring freedom and hope. Bring justice and judgment. I pray for those who continue to keep those girls in bondage because of the bondage in their own lives to the addiction of pornography. Bring freedom and hope. Bring exposure and honesty. I pray also for those like IJM and Project Rescue who are on the front lines of this battle too many of us ignore. Bring fruit and endurance to their efforts. Most of all, to those they are working for, bring freedom and hope.