Rescuing Young Minds from Pornification

Don says to Dave, “What’s you major?”  “Business Administration,” replies Dave.

“What’s yours?” asks Dave, and Don says, “English Lit.”

Predictably, Don says, “So, what’s your minor?”

And Dave says, “Porn is my minor.”

After a long pause Don incredulously asks, “Is that in  . . . the Women’s Studies Department?”

Dan Wilson

The fictional Dave in this snippet of dialogue would probably never be this honest. But a recent study of 29,000 North American college students revealed that 51% of men and 16% of women spend up to 5 hours each week online “for sexual purposes.”  [Cited in Porn University: What College Students Are Really Saying About Sex on Campus, by Michael Leahy (Moody, 2009)].

And catch this, an additional 11% of men spend anywhere from 5 to 20 hours on porn per week!  That is a lot of carnal study.  No wonder many say that, “Porn is the norm.”

Is pornification just a crisis among non-Christian students? Not by a long stretch.  Every campus minister that I talk to says that almost 100% of the men who are student leaders in their ministry have a fierce struggle with porn.  Likewise, they add that most of their female student leaders who are dating stumble a lot with varying levels of sexual activity with their boyfriends.

What will happen to these Christian students if this practice is not dealt with?  What will be the impact on their relationships, now and in the future?  What will happen to the Church if most of today’s rising Christian leaders have been habitually pornified and promiscuous?

If Christian students today see little or no problem with such sexual behavior, then it means they will use sex and porn as their recreational drugs of choice, as their habitual escape from the pressures and struggles of life.  Whatever the motive, the end result will be disastrous—Pornified and promiscuous behavior leads to a divorce between love and sex, between committed relationship and intimacy.

Sex becomes just another commodity for consumers to consume.  Sex is used, not to glory God within the parameters of His design, but for sheer personal/self-centered reasons.  This consumer mindset about sex will have devastating implications for when they do marry.  Expectations about sex will run up against the all-too-familiar struggles that every marriage encounters, and the odds are good that when dealing with such pressures they will use the same escape mechanisms they utilized as students—porn and sexual encounters (but this time it will be adultery).

Broken sexuality is not victimless—porn usage and affairs devastate spouses, and they often lead to the break-up of families.  Children then become the most innocent victims of a worldview mindset, so prevalent today, that sex is merely about my pleasure and my needs.  Sex, used within that worldview, is far from harmless—it’s dangerous, especially for society as a whole, as more and more families are torn apart.

How do we intervene into the lives of Christian students today to try and stop this tsunami of broken sexuality?  This is what I’m going to explore over the next several posts.  Let me hear your thoughts, as well.

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About The Author
Dan Wilson is the STUDENT OUTREACH Coordinator for Harvest USA. He’s also an ordained minister, and has served as a youth minister, education minister, pastor, with para-church ministries, and taught New Testament at Bryan College, Dayton, TN. Before moving to the national office in Philadelphia, Dan served for nine years with Harvest USA’s Chattanooga regional office. Dan is now excited to lead the STUDENT OUTREACH because its mission is to educate, equip and resource parents and youth and college ministry workers to disciple students in biblical, Christ-centered sexuality. A native of Memphis, Dan has a B.A. in History from the University of Memphis, a M.Div. and Ph.D. in New Testament and Greek from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, Cordova, TN. Dan is married to Heather, his lovely wife, and they have four children ages 17 to 8. He loves Kingdom theology, and is a huge U2 fan.

1 Comment:


  • By Bryan Finnemeyer 10 Sep 2011

    Dan what a great article and warning. I am one of the millions of wounded of my generations rebellion against God and common sense. I have been one of those porn addicted Christians. Why do you think I am on this websites. It is one of the better ones I have looked at lately. Bryan

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