Writing at Patheos, Marc Barnes suggests we need a new and better way of persuading young people against pornography. He argues that neither the “therapeutic” approach—describing the health detriments—nor “the moral approach”—describing how pornography distorts sex and objectifies women, are effective. Both are true, but they lack the fire power to break the habit.
What finally did it for him, says Barnes, was a “conversion of taste… not when I recognized pornography as evil or unhealthy but when I could laugh at it as stupid…I was too good for it.”
C. S. Lewis warned us in “Mere Christianity” about using pride as a weapon to overcome sin, but that’s not really what Barnes is saying here.
As Christians, he writes, “We are no longer free to posture as better than our neighbors.” But we are expected to “become better at being ourselves,” and, I might add, more like Christ.
Pornography is wrong and harmful. But it’s also below us. We were made, as Lewis taught elsewhere, for so much more.