Read the following Bible passage, then answer the short questions. Consider the practical suggestions at the end of the study.
4. Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from men of violence who plan to trip my feet.
5. Proud men have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path.
1. Can you come up with three adjectives from this scripture that describe the man or woman who promotes pornography?
2. Is there an element of violence to some of the sexual material that is posted on the web?
3. What is the purpose of promoters of porn?
This psalm was written by David, and is among the many in which he asked God for protection from men who wished to do him evil. As a man in power, he was the target of many others who aspired to take his power from him.
The battle over pornography is a power struggle too, but of a different sort. It ultimately is a scheme to defeat your powers of resistance and separate you from your money, and to put your money in the hands of the wicked men and women who benefit from it. You may be able to surf to some sites without paying a cent, but be assured that the pride of those who foot the bill to set up those sites will not let them rest until they have found a way to get their hooks into you. You probably have gotten unsolicited e-mail luring you deeper into the trap. You certainly have seen links into deeper involvement. These are the cords of the net that are hidden for you. Whatever form they take, dont be fooled into thinking that their purpose is to satisfy your needs or to make you happy. Those people couldnt care less.
What is the answer to the lure of internet porn? It is the first four words of this passage: "Keep me, O Lord..." God is the only one with infinite power to resist evil; let him be your protection.