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November 28, 2008

A Little Self-Discipline, Please

Thinking about the problems of pornography and sexual addictions that are plaguing nations worldwide, like those I described earlier, I thought it appropriate to post this fable by Aesop.   

The Flies and the Honey Pot

A jar of honey chanced to spill
Its contents on the windowsill
In many a viscous pool and rill.

The flies, attracted by the sweet,
Began so greedily to eat,
They smeared their fragile wings and feet.

With many a twitch and pull in vain
They gasped to get away again,
And died in aromatic pain.

O foolish creatures that destroy
Themselves for transitory joy.

Here's a thought: instead of buying video games for Christmas, go out and buy books like William Bennett's The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories. Your kids might just learn something that would save them a lifetime of pain.

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I was reflecting that Jesus said if a man looks on a woman lustfully, he's committed adultery in his heart. And adultery in the time of Jesus was a capital offense. So looking at pornography would get you killed. Not only that, it would get the woman in the picture killed, too, probably alongside the photographer and the distributor.

So we can visualize every Playboy reader, every Playmate, and Hugh Hefner himself plus his employees, all getting lethal injections. God takes this kind of thing way more seriously than we do - to our shame.

But it does raise the question of what 7-Eleven would put in the magazine rack behind the counter. I would hope that, rather than Aesop (to whom one might respond "I enjoy pornography in moderation"), we would find pamphlets describing the similarities of pornography and idolatry and their consequences - alongside commentaries on John 8:1-11.

jason taylor

That would be rather like saying, "When are you going to stop beating your wife" to random customers.
Why not instead have hobby magizines like Field and Stream?

I'm so incredibly disappointed, JT - I was hoping you'd suggest Biblical Archaeology Review.

jason taylor

Bass and Walleyes were made by God too.

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