Summary: Tenth in a series exploring life crisis, based on the promotional materials provided by Outreach in their "Who Cares" campaign. This message explores the life challenge of lust and pornography.
(Extensive inspiration for the sermons in this series derived from the sermon samples in the "Who Cares" promotional series by Outreach Ministries.)
Children’s Church Dismissal & Disclaimer (for this message we expanded our children’s church through 5th grade. It is a very blunt, and frank sermon dealing with a very sensitive sexual topic)
- If the church doesn’t deal with this issue honestly, where will the Christian teaching on it come from?
For almost every case and struggle with today’s topic, it starts with a seemingly harmless second glance. A scenario similar to when one particular husband and wife were shopping at a mall and a shapely young woman in a short, form-fitting dress strolled by. His eyes followed her. Then, without even looking up from the item she was examining, his wife asked, "Was it worth the trouble you’re in?"
That’s where it starts, but not where it ends. From there it might progress to simply flirting with the opportunity to lust after someone, or to take a glance at pornography. Beginning to walk the tight rope, seeing how close we can come without falling.
There was an affluent, aristocratic woman reviewing resumes from potential chauffeurs to drive her Rolls Royce. She narrowed the applicants to three men and invited them to her palatial home. She escorted each one individually to her driveway and the brick wall beside it. Then she asked, "If you were driving my Rolls, how close do you think you could come to that brick wall without scratching my car?"
The first applicant says, "I can drive within a foot of that wall and not damage your Rolls."
She brought out the second applicant and asked "If you were driving my Rolls, how close do you think you could come to that brick wall without scratching my car?"
He scratches his head and says, "I can drive within six inches of that wall and not damage your car."
She invited the third applicant and asked, "If you were driving my Rolls, how close do you think you could come to that brick wall without scratching my car?"
He did not hesitate. "Ma’am, I do not know how close I could come to the wall without damaging your car, but if I was driving your car, I would stay as far away as possible from the wall so as not to damage your car."
Guess who got the job? You see, many people want to know where the line is between a second glance and lust or an addiction to pornography. But when addressing sexual temptation, the point is not how close one can get to the temptation without getting "scratched" or crossing the line or falling off the ledge, but the issue is staying as far away as possible.
Because it may start with a casual second glance. It may even progress to seeking opportunities to be in locations for lust and pornographic fulfillment. But it won’t even stop there. It’s goal is not to tease you, but to control you. ("Who Cares?" Sermon Starter Video for Lust/Pornography)
Pornography is now big business. According to U.S. News and World Report, the industry grosses an estimated $10 billion per year. General Motors, the world’s largest company, now sells more graphic sex films through its DirectTV subsidiary than does Hustler pornographer Larry Flynt. May make some people rethink their “only buy GM products” conviction.