Speaking out Takes Great Courage

If you just landed on this planet from Mars and the first thing you encountered was a television it would not take long to conclude that the people here are obsessed with sex.  Television shows, commercials, movies, and music reference sexual attraction or activity over and over and over.  “Why” asks the curious Martian.

Sex is the second most powerful human drive following self-preservation. Since self-preservation is rarely encountered, sex emerges as the leading drive and attention getter.  It is used in marketing, entertainment, and advertising ad infinitum.   It is portrayed as the component that defines love.  The powerful temptation drives a 14 billion dollar a year pornography industry.  It is believed by the secular society to be the most powerful path to personal happiness. 

Sex has a dark side.  The drive is so powerful that when used improperly it is more destructive than any other behavior.  Illicit sex substitutes for sanity with pleasure.  When the chemical reactions in the body are released the pleasure is euphoric. But the chemicals can never adjust nor compensate for the aftermath.  The instant bonding must be dismissed.  The emotional connection must be denied.  If it was sexual abuse the
victim is left to cope with the shame. Regular disregard for the power of this gift leads to lifelong dysfunction.  Today, beneath the surface of this culture, lies incredible loneliness, pain, and sorrow.  Do we address it?  Do we shout out against it?  Do we fight to help the sexual abuse survivors cope?  No, much like the sex addict, community after community pretends that the dark side does not exist.  The addict returns to the pleasure believing the pain will go away only to find the unending cycle continue.  The enemy wins the battle day
after day after day.

Muster the courage to speak out.  Challenge your community to address the lies.  Guard your heart.

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About Bill Harbeck

Founder and Director of Holding on to Hope Ministries. A non-profit work that helps survivors of childhood sexual abuse unveil their past and begin the healing process. Author of the book Shattered; One Man's Journey from Childhood Sexual Abuse
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