The month of November is a wonderful time of year. The weather if finally cooling off, the leaves are turning colors, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. While all these things are great. There is one more thing November is quickly becoming know for.
No Porn November. Your first thought may be what? Are you serious? Is that really a thing? Yes I’m serious, it’s really a thing.
While we seem to be rounding the corner on the world wide pandemic of Covid-19, there remains a world wide epidemic of equal or even greater proportion. That is online pornography.
The fact is that over 80% of boys and over 50% of girls have been exposed to pornography by the 13 years old. The problem with being exposed to porn at such a young age is, that is when the brain is most impressionable, and it can cause lasting and long term side effects.
For starters, an addiction could be formed to online pornography that could last a lifetime if left unaddressed. On the surface it appears to be harmless, but in reality it is an endless abyss that sucks in it’s victims.
Turning to porn to meet your sexual desires, will only offer a temporary reprieve at best. Within a short period of time, before you know it, you’ll be heading back to your computer or smartphone and looking for your next fix.
Each time training your brain, this is how you meet this sexual desire. Instead of looking to your spouse (if you’re married), or other healthy options if you’re not. We are training our brains to look to screens to meet our needs.
That’s what No Porn November is all about. It’s a challenge that started a few years ago, that is quickly growing in popularity. The idea is to make a public declaration that for the 30 days of November, you are choosing to not look at any pornography.
Anyone who is trapped by the chains of online pornography understands how it seemingly starts out innocently, and before you know it, the things that used to satisfy, suddenly don’t anymore. Instead it takes more extreme forms of porn to reach the same high or sensation.
Pornography will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay. Even if you’re only viewing the “Free” online porn, you are still supporting the industry as a whole, by increasing the number of viewers who visit their sites, and enable these large companies to charge more for advertising.
If you or someone you love is struggling with pornography, there is hope. Take it from someone who struggled with online porn almost my entire life. I didn’t think I would ever be able to break free from the addiction. However, all things are possible in Christ.
There are plenty of free resources out there to help you or your loved one find the freedom they so desperately desire. My guess is, most people are not proud of their addiction. That’s the reason they hide it. They want to be free, but they don’t’ know how.
Sometimes it takes extreme measure. For me, I purchased Covenant Eyes, and put it on both my phones and laptop. This software monitors and restricts the websites you can visit and pictures you can view. In addition, you can set up allies, and Covenant Eyes will take random screen shorts of your viewing habits, and send an email to whomever you designate as your ally.
This creates a level of accountability, and removes the temptation to try and lie or continue to view porn in secret. The fact is, it’s not easy, but it is possible. I’m telling you if I can do it, you can do it too.
Are you willing to take the challenge? If so let me know, comment down below. If you do, know this, we’ll be praying for you. Trust me, there’s no judgement here. Only a desire to see others walk in freedom from porn just as I have learned to do.