Pornography is a $12 billion a year industry in the United States. XXX Church, an internet site dedicated to helping people to kick the habit of porn, reports that 9 out of every 10 boys have viewed some type of pornography by age 17. In fact, teen-aged boys are the largest consumers of pornographic internet sites. 64% of all American men have visited a porn site in the past month. 1 in 6 women in this country have an addiction to pornography. In the time it takes for you to read this sentence 84,774 people in this country will visit a porn site. And this does not even mention the new wave of “sexting” that happens among people who have ready access to cell phones to take and upload pornographic pictures any time of day or night.
Into this terrible muck, enter the psalmist with his ancient, yet very relevant question for us today: “How can a young man keep his way pure?” The answer: by guarding his heart according to God’s Word. “I have stored up your word in my heart so that I might not sin against you.” The best thing parents can do for themselves and for their kids in this area of purity is for the entire family to do some old school bible memorization. Yes, I mean getting down to rote memory work. This is to be neither a legalistic practice nor some fetish that will keep evil away. Instead, memorizing verses and large sections of the Bible provides a solid foundation from which to construct of base of operations for the work of meditation. When temptation occurs there will be something to stand upon in the heat of the moment.
These verses from Psalm 119 are a great place to begin. Expand to memorize the entire psalm, all 176 verses of it. When faced with the decision of viewing pornography or not, it would be wise to dedicate the time to memorizing Scripture so that there will be a delight in God’s statues rather than a depressed guilt over another fall into impure thoughts and actions.
Merciful God, thank you for providing your Word to me so that I might read it, use it, memorize it, meditate upon it, and engraft it into my soul. Fortify my spirit against the demons of pornography by the power of your Holy Spirit, to the glory of Jesus Christ. Amen.