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Standing Upright in a Howling Wind






by Mike Heath

August 20, 2013

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The Prime Minister of England is crusading against it. He calls it, “the darkest corners of the internet.” The Mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner, has admitted to being addicted. His political career is in shambles. Ariel Castro, the Ohio abductor and abuser of three young women, claims, “it took a toll on my mind.” And Anthony Weiner can’t seem to stop texting it, even though it imperils his candidacy for Mayor of New York City.

Pornography is something dark that takes a cruel toll.

Astronomers theorize that the universe is mostly something called “dark matter.” We can’t see it, hence the name. Scientists don’t know much about it. The theoretical mass of the universe seems to require that dark matter exist. The most weighty substance in the universe may be dark matter.

Could it be that sexual evil is the dark matter of the human soul?

The gospel writer Matthew reports Jesus saying, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Family Safe Media calls pornography the drug of the new millenium. On their website they report that every second there are 28,258 people viewing vile images over the world wide web. There are 24,644,172 pornographic websites that 40 million Americans regularly visit. The most popular day for visiting these sites is Sunday.

The problem with porn has not gone unnoticed by either the public or the church. Ten years ago popular evangelical pastor Rick Warren found that three out of ten pastors are leering at their computer screens. And a Baptist minister in Florida is making news with a new website. Jay Dennis wants you to visit and make a commitment to stop peeking. Dennis says, “I believe as many as 80 percent of men in the church are struggling with viewing pornography.”

Sexual sin is not a new challenge for mankind.

A paper published online by the Family Research Council exploring the issue of sexual immorality presents the following:

The great Christian humanist, Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, was himself the illegitimate son of a man who later became a priest. Ordained on his own in 1492, Erasmus -- while never breaking with Rome -- was sharp in his criticism of abuses within the Church. He pointed especially to the widespread sexual disorders of his day: "Let them prate as they will of the status of monks and virgins. Those who under the pretext of celibacy live in [sexual] license might better be castrated....[T]here is...a horde of priests among whom chastity is rare."

As bad as it was five hundred years ago it is hard to conclude things have improved in the intervening years. The search giant Google is devoted to making porn available worldwide. This horrid worship of porn by western cultures in the name of freedom led China to ban Google in the world’s most populous nation.

Even England is now being forced to her knees by the problem. The Prime Minister David Cameron said this year, “I feel profoundly as a politician, and as a father, that the time for action has come," Cameron said. "This is, quite simply, about how we protect our children and their innocence."

Surely it is reasonable to ask the question, “Would things be different now for Anthony Weiner, Ariel Castro and Bob Filner if our society had not slipped down the sexual revolution’s slope?” Adults who are devoted to innocence, virtue and righteousness don’t simply protect children from lust. They turn their own eyes away from the temptation.

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Jesus concluded his thought on adultery cited above, “If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to have one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”

Dark matter may be the most massive thing in the universe, but helium is lighter than air. All the stuff of earth, helium and the material that forms us and all we know, is thrown off during a star’s lifecycle. The light of these stars and galaxies penetrates the dark matter and still illuminates the eye that is raised to heaven.

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Michael Heath has represented Christians in the public square for nearly three decades. As executive director of the historic Christian Civic League of Maine, Heath has been an outspoken advocate for moral values. Working alongside Dr. Dobson, Heath led a statewide family policy council for sixteen years.

Heath received the Family Research Council’s Family Faith and Freedom Award in 1998. He led multiple statewide campaigns -- including a memorable People’s Veto, which sent two hundred thousand Mainers to the polls in the dead of winter, just after a devastating ice storm which crippled all of Central Maine.

Heath served on the Governor’s Gambling Task Force, as well as on a Legislative Commission on Fatherhood. Just after college, Heath spent four years leading a ministry helping people struggling with substance abuse and/or mental illness.

Heath is married to Paulie, an inspirational singer, songwriter and speaker. They have three grown sons.

In recent years the Heaths have traveled to East Africa multiple times, working alongside missionaries in Tanzania to promote solar cooking in remote villages. Mike served as State Director for the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign in Iowa in 2011.


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