Pastors and Pornography

From The Leadership Surveys1 it was wrote that in general, pastors who had had access to the internet longer were more likely to have seen an adult site. The editors then wrote that certainly pornography is pandemic in America, and Therapist Harry Schaumburg says pastors are as Vulnerable as anyone else to sexual sin. In fact, they may be more vulnerable. Isolation and loneliness are inherent to the position. Moreover, many pastors neglect their personal relationship for the sake of ministry.

The surveys notes that half of the pastors (51%) say Internet pornography is a possible temptation for them, while 37 percent admit it is a current struggle. The fact is, 40% of pastors spending too much time online so that church responsibilities suffer; 37% viewing pornography, and 32% spending too much time online instead of with spouse or family. However, the editors of The Leadership found that only one in four pastors uses filters on his or his family’s computer.

From the article, we can see a new phenomenon in man’s life. One challenge, facing by pastors today is the challenge of e-media expansion. Radio, television, and internet, are unavoidable reality that even Christians should dealing with. In his booklet about Postmodernism, Hulse remind us that moral declension is an integral part of Postmodernism, and one of it way is through television. In fact television (and of course internet too) has successfully dissolves moral and spiritual values.

R. Paul Stephen also says that with telecommuting, mobile phones, modems and faxes it may not be a place at all but rather a network of connections experienced ‘on the move’ or based in one’s home office. This may unwittingly contribute to workaholism as people take their computers on vacations and remain ‘in touch’ even when having an intimate conversation with their spouse over dinner. Work has become totally intrusive, all-encompassing, a defining environment. The workplace has been globalized….Not only has the workplace been globalize but it is radically changing as a place. 2 All these happened as effects of e-media in Postmodernism era, and makes effects to sexual life of Christians, including Pastors. Sexual temptations has been rised in a row with the increasing of mass-media in this Postmodernism ages.

The editors then wrote that the key to purity is sharing the struggle with someone who understands, pastor and author Bill Perkins told us. “For those for whom it is a struggle, I don’t think it ever stops being a struggle. It certainly is for me and the guys in my group.” He wrote again, “If you think you can’t fall into sexual sin, then you’re godlier than David, stronger than Samson, and wiser than Solomon.”

(Oleh NT. Prasetyo, S.Sos., untuk memenuhi tugas matakuliah Masalah Kepribadian dalam Pelayanan, yang diampu oleh Dr. Paulus Kurnia, 2004)

1 The Editors, “Pastors Viewing Internet Pornography: How Widespread Is It?,” Leadership, Winter 2001, 89.
2 R. Paul Stevens, The Other Six Days: Vocation, Work, and Ministry in Biblical Perspective (Grand Rapids, Michigan/Cambridge U.K.: William B. Eerdmans, 1999), 107-8.


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