Most people probably would not think of self-indulgence as a weight, let alone as a weight that they would want to set aside.
Making ourselves feel good, whatever form that takes, seems to be one thing most people — even Christians — agree is a right that all of us share.
But self-indulgence is spiritually dangerous, according to Jon Bloom, who says it should be laid aside. Read the blog post here.
Understanding this actually gets us beyond just thinking about the socially unacceptable indulgences such as pornography. By thinking about self-indulgence as idolatry, an attempt to find life somewhere other than in God, we actually get more clarity on how to break habitual sin.
It’s more than just looking at pictures of women without clothes on, it’s the predicament that Jeremiah discusses in Jer. 2: 12-13:
12 “Be appalled at this, you heavens,
and shudder with great horror,”
declares the Lord.
13 “My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken me,
the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”
There are many ways to forsake the spring of living water, pornography just happens to be one that gets a lot of attention. But even some of that attention is misdirected.
It’s about a faulty search for life. Porn is simply the outward manifestation of a life in which a person has dug his, or her, own cisterns — as broken as they are.