Let's Build a Porn Bonfire

Studied Acts 19 in Bible class last night, the part where all the Corinthians get out their magic books and burn them in a huge, church-wide repentance party. They burn (it’s been estimated) 2 millions bucks worth of sorcery stuff, because now that they have God they don’t need magic.

In the middle of reading this I had a fabulous idea: Let’s build a porn bonfire!

This may sound ridiculous and tangential, but here’s my thought process: Pornography is one of the most destructive forces in our church, our families, our world. Like the sorcery stuff in Acts 19, it’s a crutch. It makes the user feel good about himself and provides an escape from reality. It’s something needy people depend on for satisfaction and some degree of fulfillment. It’s empowering.

And, like the Corinthians seem to have been doing, Christians all over the world are hiding their stash under their beds and buried deep in their hard drives. Lots of people are doing it, and almost nobody’s talking about it.

And that’s why it’s still such a big problem. Because gross, yucky, festering stuff only gets nastier when it’s hidden.

My suggestion is to host a bonfire. Everybody bring your magazines, computers (yeah, I’m talking God-following crazy talk), and whatever else you’ve got. We’ll torch it in a big pile in my back yard. And then we’ll walk away from it. Forever.

Because people who follow God don’t need magic… or porn.