If a live frog is placed into boiling water, the instinct to jump will immediately kick in, escaping this pot in a split second. However, if you take a pond, gradually increase the temperature without stopping, this creature will die, scalded and scorched by extreme conditions. Unfortunately, the same conclusion can be drawn to the human mind. As the American culture has become pornified, filled with graphic images, mature content and shocking sights, the searing of the human mind has commenced.
While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols, Acts 17:16.
If you have lived a sheltered life, guarded and protected by parents, you may be naïve to the numerous temptations that exist today. Whenever you veer off into a foreign place, accidently take a wrong turn or wander into unknown territory, the presence of darkness can be overwhelming. During a first century trip through the streets of Athens, the apostle Paul was troubled. Depending upon what Bible commentary you rely on for research, Paul likely witnessed nudity, prostitution and sexual practices in the name of religion. With each step, Paul’s mind was bombarded by unwholesome symbols, breaking his heart and distressing his soul.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” Matthew 6:22-23
During his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reveals a key relationship between eyes and the mind. Based upon the analogy above, eyes are the light source for human beings with minds serving as a screening mechanism. When minds fail to filter out the presence of darkness, corruption occurs. If unhealthy thoughts are allowed to go unchecked without any urgent action, pornographic images are collected, processed and stored. Like a sponge cleaning up split water on a counter, minds absorb countless sights that you are exposed to daily. Thus, without the discipline of putting on the armor of God, Ephesians 6:12-20, to fight against lust, innocent minds can be scarred for life.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect, Romans 12:2.
In an article first published in 2011, the Christian Research Journal wrote about the Effects of Porn on the Male Brain. This piece attempts to illustrate how pornography impacts hormonal, neurochemical and neurological development as sexual images become attached to souls. One of my favorite points made by the author is that viewing pornography hijacks the normal functioning of the brain and it’s maladaptive patterns. Perhaps, this man explain the call to action to renew your mind in the passage above. Pornography is one of those taboo topics most churches side step, afraid to confront. Yet, as this world continues to push the envelope further and further, it’s time to educate the masses to the searing of the human mind. May the Bible guide, instruct and prepare you with the necessary resources to overcome the temptations people face in life.
by Jay Mankus