Porn & Mrs. P

Porn&Mrs.P

Last week I told the story of my own introduction to pornography and made the case for a strategy to deal with it in your own life. I left off with the question, “So what do we do about lust, porn, and illicit relationships? How do we successfully guide our sexual desires and develop control of lust?” In this post we’re gonna take a look at an often overlooked passage in scripture that can clue us in to a key bit of wisdom in answering those questions.

That bit of wisdom lies in the story of Joseph and Potiphars’s wife. After Joseph’s brother’s sell him into slavery, he finds himself working in the house of a man named Potiphar. Despite this upgrade from being dragged around the desert by Ishmaelite slave traders, Joseph soon discovered his new job was fraught with just as much peril as his previous condition. His main threat came in the shapely form of Mrs. Potiphar. Mrs. P was a first class some-kinda-freaky nymphomaniac.

Everyday she would proposition Joseph. So how did Joseph handle this constant temptation? Most of us will remember that part where Joseph literally sprinted out of the house when she tried to jump his bones. Let’s go back a little bit though to his daily strategy. Read 39:10 of Genesis, “The woman talked to Joseph every day, but he refused to have sexual relations with her or even spend time with her.”

It’s that last line I want to key in on. Most of us focus on that bold red line of sexual sin. When we cross that line, we know we’ve done wrong. We’re often oblivious, however, to the steps we take towards that line. Joseph wasn’t. He realized that even being physically near this woman was bad for his moral health. So what did he do?

He didn’t chat with her. He didn’t hang around her. He may not have had any intention of having sex with Mrs. P., but he didn’t let that give him an excuse to spend time with her. He knew, ultimately, she was bad news, and he didn’t trust her or himself to just keep things “innocent”.

What does that mean for us today? It means:

  • We don’t entertain even the slightest urges to stare a little bit at the girl or guy on the cover of the magazine.
  • We don’t let our curiosity about an actress lead us to google her or him.
  • We don’t create the opportunity for sex when we are with a person that we are attracted to.
  • We change the channel and switch our focus when we know that temptation is flirting with us.

By not talking with Mrs. P, Joseph was not allowing temptation to whisper sweet little “nothings” in his ear. In doing so, he stopped the problem before it ever began. How bout you? What instances can you point out in our day to day life in which your own Mrs. P is whispering sweet little nothings in your ear?

In today’s world, Mrs. Potiphars are calling out to you from everywhere, so this is a challenge. That’s why my next post is going to be about practical steps you can take to cultivate purity in your own life. Because we both know that when you flirt with temptation, you’re flirting with disaster.

I’d like to hear some of your strategies. Feel free to post them here or email them to me so I can include them in my next post.

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