NSFW

NSFWN.S.F.W. = Nuns Surfing Friday through Wednesday.

Actually, NSFW is an acronym that stands for Not Safe For Work. It’s typically used as a warning before someone clicks a link that contains content that could get them in trouble for viewing it at work. After all, if you’re going to look at pornography, you should make sure you’re in a safe place when you do it.

Finding a “safe” time and/or place to view pornography is like finding a safe way to consume poison. There’s no such thing.

 Unfortunately American culture is full of poisonous subliminal messaging…

NSFW

This acronym should be NSFA. Not Safe For Anywhere. There’s never a safe place to consume sexually explicit content without it harming you, those you love, and your relationship with God.

18+

Who decided that once you reach the age of 18, sexually explicit content becomes ok? I understand that’s the legal age of an adult, but the message that’s being sent is that after 18, it won’t hurt you.

Mature

True maturity involves turning away from temptation and lust. It’s immature to run after it. God help us when one of the measures of maturity is the legal ability to view pornography!

Adult

I remember as a young kid seeing (from a distance) movies or magazines in the “adult” section, and thinking, “that must be what adults do.” Although it is what many adults view, the message we are sending is that it’s expected and encouraged.

Gentleman’s Club

This is one of the subliminal messages that makes me cringe the most. Not only does a “gentleman’s club” not contain one single gentleman, but the message it proclaims is sickening, and the girls they exploit are heartbreaking.

Let’s put it all together. By attaching these words and phrases to pornography or sexually explicit content of any kind, we send the message that pornography is what mature, adult 18 and up gentlemen do. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

How do we combat this subliminal messaging? We send a message of our own:

We won’t stand for it- in our lives or the lives of those we love!

1) Be a voice into someone else’s life.

Truth and love need to be inseparable at all times in our lives, but especially when dealing with sin in a friend’s life. Our goal isn’t to beat people up with the Bible, but to provide loving, truth-filled exhortation into someone else’s life. I often wonder how my teenage years could have been different if someone would have been willing to start a potentially uncomfortable conversation with me about these topics.

2) Invite other voices into your life.

This is accountability. Give someone you trust the ability to speak into your life, question your motives, and call you out as needed. If no one else is talking about it, speak up and lead the way in honesty. One of the best ways to make sure your plans don’t just stay plans, but actually turn into obedience is to invite someone into that process with you.

And by the way, be very careful and prayerful with who you allow to speak into your life. Whoever that voice is could be either very spiritually strengthening or very dangerous.

NSFW. True, but it’s it’s not safe anywhere.

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