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“It’s highly likely that a lot of churchgoers are hearing about porn at church and feeling guilty about using it, so they give it up. For the day. But then Monday comes around and the work/life realities hit once more, and so they deal the same way they always have: by turning back on the porn pipeline.”
We will be reading through Nehemiah 4:10-23
Even though the gates are repaired, the king has promised his overall protection, and progress is being made, the world is still a dangerous place. Therefore not only were guards put in place, but everyone had to be ready at all times, with a weapon by his side even when sleeping or bathing. A trumpeter was with Nehemiah at all times to warn God’s people if an attack was imminent. Even in the midst of all of this, Nehemiah’s default is to pray and to press in.
After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work.
Nehemiah’s confidence in the face of something that feels impossible is humbling. Not only is he convinced that the Lord will protect them, but he is essentially yelling at them to get back to work. But do we face anything so severe within a church technology ministry?
A comparison that I believe is primarily a responsibility of the church technology ministry is the fight against pornography. We push browser blockers, accountability software, and web filters, yet we still feel on edge.
Our marriages are on the line. Our parenting is on the line. Our soul and witness are on the line. Yet, if we trust in God, He will deliver us.
But let’s look beyond ourselves. Some estimate that 98% of all men and 66% of women have looked at pornography with stats as high as 75% of men and 60% of women struggling with an addiction. Can we call on the team, leadership, and congregation for more? I believe we can and the solution is not in another application in God and our own spirit-empowered actions.
Use these reflection questions for the comments section.
- Where does your church tech ministry stand with regards to pornography? Does it fall under your ministry?
- Does your church technology ministry have more than an application recommendation for those who struggle with pornography? If not, what more can your specific ministry add?
- Many would say “I quit” when they face something that is hard, yet we see Nehemiah push through. How can your church technology ministry push through with the battle against pornography and step up into the gap that is currently left void in all of Christendom right now?