The corruption of the best thing is the worst thing.
This is why we despise porn. God gave us a natural desire to love and be loved totally, to have a committed relationship that satisfies both spouses emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Pornography twists that hope into the opposite experience with no place for love, but only using others for self-serving physical gratification.
Pornography turns bodies into commodities for sale and sex into a spectator event for entertainment.
It is alarming to see how perfectly pornography is designed to divide men from women, husband from wife, parent from child, and people from God.
This incredibly destructive tool of evil causes family ties to disintegrate and isolates people with selfishness, secrecy, and shame. It creates loneliness, not love and friendship.
Pornography changes how people think about others and how they treat them. Everyone in society is affected.
These are some conclusions that motivate my efforts to push back. I work all day with two anti-pornography nonprofits, Utah Coalition Against Pornography (UCAP) (link: www.utahcoalition.org) and Women for Deceny (link: www.womenfordecency.org). People ask if I get discouraged being involved in this issue. Pauline Kezer explained how I feel: “When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.”
In spite of the dark power of pornography, I feel bright hope that we can beat this in our own lives and homes by working together and sharing what we learn. I found inspiration when I attended the last two conferences sponsored by UCAP, and recently became personally involved as the director. On May 18, 2013 we will gather together and hear from some engaging and expert therapists and anti-pornography activists. Several of the sessions will focus on pornography issues in marriage.
There are many online resources and conversations going on about the destructive nature of pornography, but every once in a while it is so great to meet with others who care in person, and feel that connection and support. I invite anyone who is near Salt Lake to join with us at the conference. You can learn more and register here (link: http://www.utahcoalition.org/content/?page=98).
Everyone who is touched by pornography in any way experiences a loss of love in a world where only love brings happiness. I believe that ultimately the power of love will overcome the pain of pornography.
Vauna Davis, Director of Utah Coalition Against Pornography and Communications Director at Women for Decency.