October 8, 2007
Making Sunday Sexy
Several churches across the nation participated in National Porn Day yesterday
National [insert your own cause] awareness days are popping up all over the country, and the Church is no exception.
One Indianapolis-area church Sunday sermon sparked interest from local media. "You heard him correctly: It's Porn Sunday" headlined the Indianapolis Star's article. The Crux Church joined hundreds of churches across the nation who observed National Porn Sunday yesterday, sponsored by Xxx.church.com, an online ministry aimed at Christians who are addicted to porn.
"I mean, how many times have you heard your pastor say ?porn' from the pulpit?" Crux's lead pastor, Daron Earlewin, tells the Star.
The Daily News in Florida reports that a 15-foot tall inflatable, blue elephant is mailed to participating churches across the country as mascot for National Porn Sunday.
"We are basically going to confront the big elephant in the pew," Robert Pooley, senior pastor of Coast Community Church told the newspaper.
But is the pulpit the place for the big blue elephant, or should it be addressed within individual counseling? What Bible verses do these preachers use?
These pastors desire to preach on issues that may have been overlooked in the past, but how do pastors make sure that they are not overlooking more traditional themes (pride, love, evangelism) that may not be as "sexy"?
"I think it may be one of the biggest problems that no one wants to talk about," the Crux pastor says.
These pastors aim bring the issue out into the open, but could normalizing pornography make it an issue for those who had never found it to be a problem in the first place?