fighting for free hearts

Groundhog Day

It’s Groundhog Day.  Phil didn’t see his shadow, so according to lore, spring is coming soon.

But Groundhog Day has become just as well known as the movie in which Bill Murray plays a character who keeps waking up to repeating the same day over and over.

You can see where i am going with this.  For porn addicts, life feels a lot like Groundhog Day — the movie.

When you’re an addict, you get caught in a cycle that you just can’t seem to break free from.  But of course, our culture is caught in the same cycle.

Groundhog-Day

Over and over culture is promoting ridiculous, hypersexed thoughts and products.

This week alone there was the Wing Bowl in Philadelphia; the Super Bowl will be played — which will be the opportunity for outrageous amounts of sexual advertising and sex trafficking; and internet radio station Pandora is running and ad for a company that sells adult products.  The ad features a woman’s sultry voice and a picture that belongs in a men’s magazine.

Earlier today i heard an interview on the radio for a Bikini Basketball Association and in a couple weeks we will get big promotional displays wherever magazines are sold to promote Sports Illustrated’s soft porn issue, commonly known as its swimsuit issue.

Groundhog Day. We just can’t stop sexualizing everything.

It seems to be that women should certainly be offended at this constant stream of sexualization which profits at their expense.  And men should be insulted that culturally they have been reduced to nothing more than a libido.

The segment i heard on the local sports radio station, in which the host was interviewing team representatives for the Philadelphia franchise of the BBA, was absolutely ludicrous.  Surely it was a sign of the apocalypse. We want to see sexy basketball?  Seriously?

Our culture can’t help itself.  It’s stuck in a cycle of pornification. The tragedy is when we get caught up in it as well.

We must actively swim against the tide of our culture.  Paul said it in Romans 12: 2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The teaching i received on this verse said that the Greek tense used for the verb “transformed” carried the connotation that we must continually be transformed — it’s an ongoing action.

No more Groundhog Day. Break the cycle. Be transformed — again and again and again.

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