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Painted Faces

God made all things good.  However, mankind has taken so many of God’s good creations and converted them to be painful, evil, and harmful.  In this culture, we are being mandated to bow and yield to new laws to honor sexual demands that are deviant.  Some ask “How did we get here?”  It was caused by the slide of many years into this quagmire.  We ignored the harm caused from feeding on so much lasciviousness, porn, and sexually explicit material.  The result is a prurient emptiness that is gratified with a false sense of fulfillment, the destruction of healthy relationships, and the mental attitude that morphs people into objects “only” that are to be used for physical pleasures.  The devastation of such carelessness is destroying us.

In her book, THE WRITING LIFE, Annie Dillard tells of an experiment that was done with butterflies. The experiment involved placing a male butterfly with a female butterfly of his own species. Then they placed a painted cardboard butterfly alongside them. The cardboard butterfly was bigger than the female — bigger than any female could ever be. The male ignored the living female butterfly next to him and went to the painted cardboard butterfly over and over again.

Dillard adds, “Nearby, the real, living female opens and closes her wings in vain.” It is a picture of the world in which countless males are trapped today. Staring at painted cardboard butterflies they are squandering their own resources and defrauding the real, living, breathing females in their homes. But then, you don’t have to establish a relationship with cardboard butterflies. You don’t have to put up with their failures — nor do they have to live with you and discover yours. There are no expectations from you. You don’t have to communicate with them. An inviting smile is painted on their faces and they don’t even know you. Some men have decided it is better that way.  (Copied).

In an old article that I dated November, 1991, from THE FORERUNNER, entitled, The Documented Effects of Pornography, the editorial staff of that publication provided stats from various sources about the harm of porn on our generation.  Here are a few of those facts….

Psychologist Edward Donnerstein (University of Wisconsin) found that brief exposure to violent forms of pornography can lead to anti-social attitudes and behavior. Male viewers tend to be more aggressive towards women, less responsive to pain and suffering of rape victims, and more willing to accept various myths about rape. (Pornography and Violence against Women, 1980.

Dr. Dolf Zimmerman and Dr. Jennings Bryant showed that continued exposure to pornography had serious adverse effects on beliefs about sexuality in general and on attitudes toward women in particular. They also found that pornography desensitizes people to rape as a criminal offense. (“Pornography, Sexual Callousness, and the Trivialization of Rape,” Journal of Communication, 1982.).

Consider again what God intended from the beginning…..So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  And God blessed them.  And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion….. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. (Gen.1:27-28, 31).   Health and happiness come from holiness and honor!