Bodies are not Commodities
I am a man. I am a real man. I am an old man. I have lived a long time. I have lived well. That means that I have no regrets about how I have lived. That also means that I have made some hard decisions. It means that I have paid the price to be a man of integrity.
Could I have done better? Absolutely! But, were I to die now, my life would be a satisfying experience because of God and my relationship with Him.
Much of what I am is because of what God has done in me. Much of what I am is because of what I have done with what God gave me.
Did everything in life go the way I wanted it to go? No, it certainly did not.
The subject of this message is about girls and women. God made men and women to be attracted to each other. That is God’s way for His creation. He wants that attraction and relationship to be done in His way.
Last year I walked into the local grocery chain store and was shocked at what I saw. They do sell magazines – many kinds of magazines including Sports Illustrated, including the SI swimsuit issue. To buy this type of magazine you have to go down the isle where they are offered. Not last year.
Last year there was an end-cap about three feet high openly displaying the front cover of the latest issue. It was at the front isle of the store. Any mother, unsuspecting, could be shocked and insulted as her children stared into the face of this magazine. Are they selling food or are they selling bodies?
I walked into the store and was visually accosted by the sight. What was my reaction? I am a man. I think God made women beautiful. That is God’s way. What was the immediate reaction in my mind? My immediate reaction was: “That is not pretty!”
This year’s issue will apparently be just as offensive. The news has already flashed the front cover. It is not pretty. I did not say that the persons are not pretty. God made women beautiful. But, the manner in which the persons are portrayed is not pretty. It is demeaning, degrading and sad.
Has not God made everything beautiful in its time? To the pure all things are pure. This is true but some things are not commodities to be hawked for the bidders. Some things are sacred. In fact, all things are sacred. Everything God made is sacred: your life, my life, your purity, my purity, your holiness and mine. Life is sacred. Bodies are sacred. Life is sacred.
As if magazines are not enough, there is a movie to be debuted this year for Valentines Day – Saint Valentine’s Day that is. It will not be pretty. Life is sacred. Intimacy in marriage is sacred. Our bodies are sacred. They are not commodities to be exploited and sold to the highest bidders. They are not objects of lust and abuse. Women are not to be treated as commodities subjected to abuse for male pleasures. Women should not be taught that abuse is normal and pleasurable. Whether it is the passive abuse of being featured on images or the depiction of actual abuse for group voyeurism; it is wrong.
The Bible is clear. We are to, “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.” Ephesians 5:11-12. The marriage bed is pure and undefiled. Pornography is shameful, even to speak of it is shameful.
How many young lives will be impacted by these images? How many boys will hear older men and boys speak shamefully about the feminine body? How many boys will become addicted to porn and ruin their lives and the lives of their future families? Do we care?
I was blessed to have a boyhood sheltered from the influences of pornography and sexual sins. When, in fifth grade, I was first exposed to porn, I found it repulsive. Not only did I find it repulsive but God spoke to me in that moment and told me to keep my eyes and life from that type of influence. I have obeyed. It has been such a blessing.
As a man, the Psalm 23:3 blessing has been mine. “He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.” He leads me, to bless me but mostly for His name’s sake. As a man, the Word of God has kept me from sin. “I will set no wicked thing before my eyes.”
Men – follow His paths of righteousness in your life and He will lead you and you will be a blessing to your family and your world and you will not be controlled by images that turn the beauty of God’s creation into commodities.