Porn, Preaching, and the Choices We All Make

Alfred Charles Kinsey (1894-1956) devoted most of his life to the study of sex.  In 1947 he founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University.  Most people today have heard of the Kinsey Reports, though you probably don’t know a soul who’s actually read them.  However, everyone you know has felt the effects of them.

You see, Alfred Charles Kinsey was a deviant.  My sense of decorum will not allow me to list on this blog the things he did in the name of research.  Suffice to say, he was fascinated by homosexuality, sex between adults and children, and sex between adults and animals.  He interviewed thousands of people about their sex lives, most of them homosexuals, prostitutes, and prisoners because he found sex as the Bible teaches it to be boring.  He even filmed people having sex in the attic of his home, claiming it was part of his research.

As you might expect, Kinsey was no fan of Christianity.  He felt that the Judeo-Christian ethic suppressed human sexuality and, therefore, encouraged people to throw away their faith and chase after whatever sexual impulses they felt at the moment.  He claimed that sexual behaviors that fall outside the socially accepted pattern (i.e. perversions) are actually more natural because they aren’t held back by restraints.*

Shortly after Kinsey’s death, a young man named Hugh Hefner came along and turned polite society on its ear.  Many credit his slick, 4-color magazine, Playboy, with launching the sexual revolution.  Suddenly, the word bunny had a whole new meaning.

A few years ago A&E did a biographical documentary on Hugh Hefner.  He was asked to explain his rationale for going into the pornography business.  He cited Alfred Charles Kinsey’s research.

Interestingly, about the same time Kinsey was holed up in his attic making dirty movies, a young man by the name of William Franklin Graham, Jr.–otherwise known as “Billy”–was honing his skills as a preacher.  Recently, it was estimated that 2.2 billion people have heard Mr. Graham preach and 3.2 million have responded to his invitations.  Every year gallup does a list of America’s most admired men and women.  Billy Graham has appeared on the list 55 times, including a stretch of 49 years in a row.

Alfred Charles Kinsey and Billy Graham.   One gave us pornography, the other gave us a lifetime of heartfelt preaching.

Everybody gives the world something, and I do mean everybody.  It’s called a legacy.  The good news is that we all get to determine what our legacies will be.  Alfred Charles Kinsey and Billy Graham didn’t end up where they did by chance.  They made choices.  They took steps down roads that led to inevitable destinations.

Today you and I will take steps down the road of our choice.  Make no mistake…every step will stack another stone on the monument that will someday be our legacy.

May we choose well.

For further reflection read Proverbs 13:22 and 20:7.

*The information in this post was culled from a variety of sources, including Wikipedia and a terrific book by William D. Watkins, The New Absolutes, Bethany House Publishers, 1996.

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3 Responses to Porn, Preaching, and the Choices We All Make

  1. Opal Hernandez says:

    A very interesting and informative message. I agree wholeheartedly. The choices one makes guides their destiny.

  2. Peggy Greenwood says:

    Is it a coincidence or God’s Plan A that your picks for daily devotion and thought and your sermons touch a chord for each of us and provoke an answer to questions and problems we are dealing with. Your sermon scripture on Sunday – Colossians 3:17: “Whatever you do and say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus” ties back to the legacy of Kinsey and Graham. Billy Graham certainly followed this scripture and his legacy is a legacy to strong Christian daily living. Kinsey’s legacy is a legacy to evil and perversion. My grandson texted me this morning that we needed to prepare for WWIII. I texted him to stop reading gloom and doom sites on the internet and instead read about salvation and then he wouldn’t worry about global unheaval. I texted my daughter yesterday and quoted the Colossian 3 scripture as to how to guide her actions. Coincidence that the scripture stuck with me to answer two lost souls – I think not.

    • Mark says:

      Peggy, I wholeheartedly agree. God gives us what we need, when we need it. I’ve had the same experience more times than I can count.

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