The Journey Continues: March 21, 2017

I thought I was going to skip today’s entry.  As I’d finished my devotions I honestly had nothing to share.  I knew I wanted to complete the homework for tonight’s class for men who struggle with sexual addiction, so I did.  Well, in completing it I was then compelled to complete today’s entry.

Some of the facts that surround sexual addiction are that 81% of men and women who struggle have a history of childhood sexual abuse; 72% have had physical abuse and 97% have had emotional abuse.  This reality is stinging.  The deepest wound of all is the one of shame.  I could have told anyone this, but reading it only puts it all in capital letters with an exclamation mark at the end.  The book says that guilt is the feeling that tells us something is wrong.  Shame is the feeling that says I am wrong.  Shame hits our identity and it becomes who we think we are.  This is nothing but the truth.  It is the first time I’ve read anything that says this truth so blatantly.  I’m so glad to see that this class is addressing it head on.  I’m also grateful to God that I’m not in this class until now.  If I’d had to face this without having had the amount of counseling and therapy I’d be done with it.  I’d also be running as fast as I could to try and hide what I’ve just heard.

This is such a deep-seated issue in our society today.  There is so much controversy about its relevance/impact on people.  How I wish I could get people to take their heads out of the sand and realize how serious this problem is and how we are digging a grave for the generation that follows us.

The pain of reading this today is definitely present for me.  However, today, the greater pain is that of which is left unaddressed–the consequence of our society’s look at pornography and the story that brought each individual to it.  I pray for us to awaken to it’s sinful reality and join forces to call it what it is–sinful and wrong.

My sermon has now ended.  God bless you today.

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