Friday, January 29, 2010

iPad Porn??

Well, most of you visiting this site must know that a small startup tech company called Apple just announced a major new product call the iPad. I can just imagine hundreds if not thousands of porn site domain names were registered within seconds of the announcement of the name of this product. For the most part each new breakthrough technology is usually harnessed to it's full potential, not by education platforms or hospitals, but by the porn industry. From the invention of the home video camera to the VCR to the world wide web; tech has been the best friend of virtual sex.

Like many of you I can think of a million reasons why i need an iPad (by "need" I mean "want" really-painfully-bad!) There are many justifications for purchasing one of these devices if not just for fun. However, I learned a somewhat hard lesson after getting my first computer. I never knew the problem that internet porn would be for me. I sat in my dorm room and unpacked my new Dell desktop and probably before I had even thrown away the bubble wrap I had searched for something softcore on my high-speed connection. A number of years later I rushed, slightly too fast, into purchasing my first smart-phone and realized much quicker that I would need restrictions. Thankfully, with my iphone I found a way to lock down the device so that my addiction would not ruin my life and devastate those around me once again(click here to see my quitting iPhone porn post).

"We do what we must so that we can do what we want" Forest Whitaker's character in the movie, The Great Debaters, said this to his impressionable son in regards to studying/working hard. I think it relates perfectly to the porn addict. You could also say it this way, "We restrict ourselves so that we can be free." I have found this to be true time and time again as it relates to my addiction to online sex. I must find creative ways to limit and restrict my access to an unmonitored internet connection. Sometimes I can still use a device and feel very free because technology allows me to. Covenant Eyes, XXXChurch, Safe Eyes etc... these programs can be very freeing ways to continue using your PC or Mac without the feeling of restriction. In regard to my iPhone I have been required to give up at times a lot of the functionality of the device because filtering or monitoring technology has not caught up (or been allowed to catch up) with the use of the device. It is for this reason that I must use caution when deciding if/when to purchase a new internet enabled product such as the iPad.

The sinner must remind him/herself of the pain and devastation of enslavement in their past life of habitual sin. More importantly the freed slave must remind themselves of the joy and beauty of their current life in Christ. Paul says this about a life without freedom,
"21So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22For in my inner being I delight in God's law; 23but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
" -Romans 7:21-25 NIV
If you're reading this article chances are that you resonate quite well with Paul's struggle. Let us serve our new good master in Jesus. His yoke is easy and his burden is light. Though we may not get to be the earliest adopters of every shiny new product that Steve Jobs has created; we can wait with joy knowing that our treasure is laid up in heaven. And hopefully just around the bend one of our brothers will create a safe way for us to enjoy this new tech. I don't know about you but I'm quitting iPad porn before I have to.

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