The festive period that surrounds Christmas — and the other holidays people celebrate this time of year — probably seems, for many, far removed from the front lines of a battle.
The songs of positivism and the glad tidings of good cheer that seem all around us during the holidays — even among those who celebrate no specific holiday — warm us with thoughts of friends and good times.
But for men struggling with addiction to pornography, lust and masturbation (PLM), the holidays can be one massive trigger; plenty of hazards lurk.
There are family gatherings, which one man told me always make him want to run to PLM because the dysfunction is so thick he wants to escape. There are pressures to get the perfect gift, which often tap into feelings of deep insecurity which an addict will medicate with porn.
The list is endless.
As men who are breaking free of their addiction, the men in my group who meet to take the masculine journey together, we need to keep reminding ourselves that there is a real battle in which we live.
It’s flesh v. spirit. It’s good v. evil.
Our Enemy uses things, legitimately good things like celebrating Christmas, as a way to sneak in and attack us. That’s why it is so important for us to heed the instruction of Peter in I Peter 5:8-9
8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
Christmas can be merry, as long as we don’t let ourselves get caught off guard because we forget that we live on the front lines.