Stating the Obvious

 

by Noel Bouché

I’m having one of those days.  You know, one of those days when, for whatever reason, your tolerance for pretense, apathy, insincerity, superficiality, ignorance, and indifference is particularly low.  One of those days when you just want to, well, call a pole a pole.

So here goes.

Porn is evil.  It is prostitution, it is sex trafficking, and it exploits, it demeans, it corrodes, it poisons, and it is everywhere.  Including in your home.  Do something about it.

Sex is sacred.  God created it, blessed it, and speaks about it with a holy frankness and candor throughout Scripture.  You should too, and so should your pastor.

Marriage is beautiful.  Honor it, celebrate it, protect it, enjoy it, and fight for it.  Today.  The opportunity to do so will be there if you look for it.

Children and teens are being assaulted.  Pimps and traffickers have access to them 24/7. Especially the pimps and traffickers who moonlight as media executives.  Wake up and lead these beautiful young people to Jesus, who gave everything for them.

There.  Just had to unload that.  No footnotes, no citations, no references.  Thanks for listening.  Peace out.

Noel Bouché serves as Vice President of pureHOPE.  If you would like more straight-forward, no-poles-barred talk in 140 characters or less, you can follow him on Twitter @noelbouche.  

 

News & Notes This Week

When the Gospel Hits Home (The Gospel Coalition)
Brené Brown: Be the adult you want your children to be (The Washington Post)
New films speak for the ‘Innocents,’ victims of human trafficking (Deseret News)
Falcone-Codding: U.S. must take the lead in stopping slave trade (Norwich Bulletin)
How Hookers for Jesus Founder Turned Away From Sex Trade to Serving God (The Christian Post)
Sex for sale: sex trafficking in Ohio (The Guardian)
Officials warn kids about child porn charges in underage sexting cases (Wate.com)
Sex trafficking now an ‘epidemic’ (The Washington Times)

News & Notes This Week

Obama’s Special Remarks on Human Trafficking (Clinton Global Initiative)
Sex trafficking in the USA hits close to home (USA Today)
Hookup Culture Is Good for Women, and Other Feminist Myths
(Christianity Today)
Jada Pinkett Smith teams up with Sabre Holdings to fight human trafficking (Dallas Morning News)
Okla. woman shares human trafficking story (San Francisco Chronicle)
Traffic signals: Cues and clues indicating human trafficking operations (Police News)
Businesses fight human trafficking (CNN)
Jahaziel gets behind campaign against online porn (Christianity Today)
iPhone app makes ‘sexting’ easier (Click Orlando)

News & Notes This Week

A Pastor’s Struggle With Sex and Porn Addiction (Huffington Post)
Sex addiction experts meet in S.A. (KSAT News)
ADDICTED: Aussie porn addicts watch porn ‘five hours a day’ (Herald Sun)
Parenting styles often colored by our own childhoods (Washington Post)
‘Sexting’ teens more likely to have actual sex, according to study (Deseret News)
Human trafficking discussion warns, ‘It does happen here’ (The Gazette)
Florida man convicted of sex trafficking for pimping 14-year-old girl in New Orleans area (The Times-Picayune)
The ‘Butner Study’ Redux: A Report of the Incidence of Hands-on Child Victimization by Child Pornography Offenders (CA K.I.D.S Coalition)
Economics 101: Porn creates demand, trafficking supplies the product (Baptist Standard)

News & Notes This Week

5 Reasons Purity Rings and Pledges Don’t Work (Covenant Eyes)
5 Failures in the Church’s Treatment of Sexuality and 5 Ways Forward (DTS Magazine)
Breaking the Silence About Human Trafficking (Land O’Lakes Patch)
Instaporn: Porn, ‘KikSex’ Lurk Just Inside Instagram’s Photo Eden (Huffington Post)
New sex trafficking charges filed in Oxford massage parlor case (News Telegram)
Women and Pornography: Fifty Shades of the Same Old Color (Huffington Post)
As sex trade increases around conventions, faith-based groups step up efforts (CNN Belief)
Feds: Pediatric doctor charged with receiving child porn (CNN Justice)
At Abercrombie & Fitch, Sex No Longer Sells (Bloomberg Businessweek)

News & Notes This Week

Toughen Laws Against Human Trafficking (San Francisco Chronicle)
Study Shows Girls as Young as Six View Themselves as Sex Objects (The New American)
Todd Akin, ‘Legitimate Rape,’ and Gospel Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault (Christianity Today)
Years Later, Human Trafficking Survivors at Risk of Re-Exploitation (New American Media)
Let’s Talk Porn Pt. 2: 4 Steps To Overcoming Pornography Addiction (Wade-O Radio)
Pricing Amy: Should Those Who Download Child Pornography Pay the Victims? (ABA Journal)
Hundreds of Children Traumatized by Hardcore Porn Contact ChildLine (The Telegraph)

He Will Faithfully Bring Forth Justice

As we wrap up the 2012 pureJUSTICE internship, check out last year’s Justice Week on the Covenant Eyes blog for more on this issue.

Raped on a Porn Set: Full Interview with Shelley Lubben
Sex Slaves Next Door: Former Victim Speaks Out
10 Ways to Oppose Sexual Exploitation

Click here to view the full Covenant Eyes’ Justice Week