Pornography and Butterflies
Since 1972 I have been teaching single women the principle--“No Bozo, only a Boaz.” One of the qualities that separates a Bozo from a Boaz is a man’s moral core. The Bozo uses women like disposable paper cups (II Sam. 13), whereas a Boaz grasps the significance of moral purity in his relationship with a woman (Ruth chapter 2). When writing about what feeds a man’s appetite to use and discard women—I knew I would have to address one of the things that feeds such an exploitative mentality—porn.
A dear friend while attending a national conference on effectively teaching abstinence in Middle and High Schools (private and public) she heard a story that she rushed to call and share with me during one of her breaks. She heard a most sobering story concerning the impact of pornography on a man’s sexual life. Here is a rough summation of the story:
During the mating season for butterflies, a group of male and female butterflies were placed in a controlled environment cage. In the center of the cage, was an artificial copy of the most beautiful female butterfly. The female butterfly mannequin had extra high gloss coloring making her superior to any real female butterfly. When the scientists released the male and female butterflies into the cage, the males immediately tried to mate with the high gloss mannequin. The test team watched as the male butterflies kept slamming up against the fake butterfly persisting in their attempts to mate. Consequently, the male butterflies beat themselves to death up against the fake mannequin; therefore, leaving no male butterflies with the capacity to mate with real butterflies.
Now, if this story seems absolutely far-fetched to your heart and soul, it would greatly benefit you to do some research concerning the impact of pornography in our society. You can read books like Every Man’s Battle or Sex Matters or you can google some articles by Patsy Rae Dawson on Adultery and Sexual Addiction.
I was raised in a home where porn filled my parent’s bathroom and these magazine helped fuel the perversion that emboldened my father to harm his own children. More than ever before, followers of Jesus are being seduced away from God’s will and they are being ambushed by sexual addiction (one study revealed that 68% of church going men view porn regularly). How do Christian men and women compartmentalize a regular violation of God’s will?
“It is God’s will…that you should avoid sexual immorality" 1 Thess. 4:3
Regularly in the news, some reference goes to concern about weapons of mass destruction whether in the Middle East, Europe or Asia. Honestly, I see a weapon of mass destruction that has been unleashed through technology and I think it is more lethal than the nuclear bomb: the technological advances that now allow us to download PORN to one’s Smart Phone. I think the speed of porn distribution throughout the universe and the consequences of such a steady diet of soul deadening entertainment needs a serious task force to combat it. I don’t think all the discipline of a marine or navy seal is enough to handle this onslaught. I think pornography and the women who participate in this scheming, soul deadening invention, have helped men go from a pleasing upright position down on all fours like an animal.