Ever since the SuperBowl there’s been a lot of talk about Beyonce’s performance (or perhaps her clothing), sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, etc. I won’t reiterate any of that discussion, others have covered it quite adequately (links below).
I just wanted to make a much subtler comment. I’m not a football fan so I didn’t see the event or the performance in question and I’ve only seen one photo of her attire. What we saw, once again, was the breaking through of the alternative to the Gospel of Christ: the gospel of sex, lust, and “I’ll choose for myself what is right and wrong”. Under the surface there is a darker reality, existing right in front of you.
A lot of technology has been successful because of the sex industry, especially as we become increasingly mobile. Your laptop, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry or Android (cough) has led to an explosion in the accessibility of pornography, organizing sexual liaisons, and other degradations of woman and men. While there is some question as to what came first, the chicken or the egg (what fuels what, porn or tech), there is no denying that a lot of technology is finding its primary purpose the consumption of sex.
Smoking, gambling, and alcohol come with labels that either overtly warn that the activity you’re about engage in will either kill you or they ask you to “enjoy our product responsibly”. The most you get if you consume products from Sex Inc. is a warning that you better be old enough to look and better not be easily offended. No warning about the horrors that are occurring behind the scenes of these movies. Nothing about the young children that are kidnapped and forced into prostitution. And most certainly nothing about how they are all connected. The gospel of sex says that you can enjoy it responsibly. No, you can’t. It’s evil, plain and simply. Behind those smiles, the girls and woman are in incredible pain.
Can we use our technology to redeem this horrible reality? Can we use it to heal the wounds of a sinful culture that has become so captivated by the gospel of sex that it uses amazing feats of logic to justify their behaviour?
Here’s one way you can help. Regardless, you can start by recognizing your technology has what it is. An amoral tool that God has given you and entrusted you to use for his good purposes. The tool has nor morality – it gets it from what you use it for.
“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”
– 1 Corinthians 9:27
Use the tools you are given to honour God. The real Gospel of Christ has unlimited power, but our witness is harmed if we compartmentalize our lives. We do in fact, disqualify ourselves.
And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.
– Matthew 18:9
Most of us don’t think Jesus actually wants us to pluck out our eyes, but are you willing to ditch your technology if you can’t respect the holy purpose for which God intended it to be used?
It’s all connected. It all matters.
Misc links on the SuperBowl