My minister Barry Newton has a relevant column on the deceit of images up at Forthright.net. Excerpt:
In the foreground we see the profile of a powerful and experienced man with his gaze riveted upon the beautiful form of a woman bathing in the middle distance, unaware of his attention. The snapshot of David looking upon Bathsheba could evoke lust within our hearts. This is possible because with tunnel vision it mutters deception, “This sensation of desire is all that there is!”
The scene reveals nothing about David’s forthcoming agony and deep pain. David would experience his baby slowly die and would witness his own family being torn apart because he chose to act upon this moment of lust.
Years ago I heard an interesting statement. Most of those in prison fixate upon the moment and do not consider a long view of time. If you will, it was a deceitful snapshot about a situation that empowered them down the wrong path. (Emphasis added)
It’s classic salesmanship. A coat of paint and a coat of wax make a clunker look brand new. The image presents a glossy picture of sinful indulgence, obscuring the detrimental consequences on inner peace and character. It shows and seems to elongate the temporary high without showing the hangover.
One of liberalism’s main tenets is no judgment. This is maintained by feigning no consequences, that you can play with fire and not get burned. In advertising, television, and movies people indulge their sinful desires, most frequently sexual desires, and the relevant consequences are glossed over, if not written out of the script. There is no spiritual rot, no shame to wrestle with, contrary to reality. The illusion that people can master themselves, that they can negotiate their sins, is prevalent.
I came across this tweet yesterday:
Ooh, photos! There’s only one reason I would click that link: for lust. Liberals have you thinking these pictures are innocent fun. Let’s laugh at Katy Perry’s expense and then go about our business, because we are above it and in control of ourselves. Is that how it works? We pretend men aren’t catastrophically drawn by their lustful eyes to sin against God, themselves, and their wives by a barrage of stupefying pornographic images. We pretend a little part of our capacity to love and see with Christ’s eyes does not die with a clandestine peek at a woman’s flesh. Because we want to believe we are not as vulnerable as we really are.
This is but one example of the daily attack on purity that liberalism peddles as entertainment. The fact that it’s on a computer or smartphone can easily compound the susceptible male’s predicament. Thanks to technology it’s very, very easy to find more images.
Can a man hold a fire against his chest without burning his clothes? (Proverbs 6:27)
Related: “Devil in my mind.”