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I’m in a business in which every day I work on people’s automobiles. I often have to get in and drive them, either miles to and from our shop, or 150 feet from the parking lot into our shop. And as you may or may not know, people can have very different relationships with their cars and trucks. They can see them in very different ways. Sometimes a person’s car is his “baby”, upon which he lavishes incredible care and large amounts of money, and woe be unto anyone who leaves so much as a tiny scratch on a fender! (And sometimes that “baby” is little more than a $600 piece of junk!) Other folks will bring us a beautiful Cadillac they picked up for $75,000, one of several vehicles they own, and we are surprised to find out that to that person it’s just a car! Who cares if you scratch it?! No big deal!

Anyway, that’s really not what I’m writing about in this post. This morning we had a fellow bring us his GMC Yukon to get a new windshield installed. It’s a beautiful, black SUV with most of the bells and whistles, and this guy was a nice-looking businessman in a suit, about 40-45 years old. He was having a nice conversation with one of our secretaries while he waited for someone from his office to come and give him a ride. I took the keys and slid onto the plush leather driver’s seat, started it up and began driving it into the shop. I noticed something over my head.

Looking up, I saw photos, not just a couple, but probably twenty or more, photos of unclad young women, (Yes, totally naked) in various and sundry poses, taped to the ceiling of the vehicle.

No, I didn’t sit and stare…though something in me would have really liked to!

I wonder if the guy even gave it a second thought, that other people would see what he has up there.

He probably doesn’t even realize that he’s in bondage to sin. He would probably say, “They’re just pictures. What’s the big deal? It’s not like they’re gonna make me rape someone!” But that’s how we are when we’re in bondage to sin – we rationalize it. “If I like to look at pictures of naked women, who does it hurt? Nobody!”

Wrong.

Pornography certainly degrades women. It makes you think of them as merely sex objects. And that’s not good for you either. That can affect how you see, not only other women, but how you see your own wife, and even your own daughters. And that certainly will affect your family and your own relationship with those you love.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:28, “but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (NASB) That means that when you look at those pictures of naked women with lust in your heart, you have just committed adultery, and that makes you a SINNER headed straight for hell.

(And you thought you were a pretty good guy. You kid yourself that there are much worse sinners than you, right?)

“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24 TNIV)

What does the next verse say? “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25a TNIV)

Pornography surely enslaves us! But there is a way out! Jesus rescues us!

I’m a guy, I can certainly have problems with pictures like that, very, very easily. But recently when I see a picture of a naked woman, I see my three beautiful daughters, wonderful blessings all of them! How painful it is to imagine them posing for such pictures, and to think of strange men lusting after them through those pictures. What a horrible, horrible thought! I have loved them and raised them from infancy, and it makes me really angry to think that anyone could do that with my lovely daughters!

I was able to drive that Yukon out of the shop and into the parking area without looking at the pictures so close over my head. I don’t want to sin against my Lord.

Think again, next time a photo of a scantily clad woman pops up in front of your eyes, brother. Don’t be a slave to sin, be a follower of Jesus Christ.
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