Pastor Mark Driscoll is rightly criticized on a variety of issues, both within and outside of evangelicalism. But one of the reasons I listened to his sermons, visited his church in Seattle, and had once planned to spend a summer internship at Mars Hill Church was his frank discussion of issues relevant in our culture. Driscoll is an articulate and forceful teacher. His gaffes and erroneous beliefs on certain sexual issues are well known, but his summons to young men to fight pornography and video game addiction and be faithful husbands and fathers through Christ is inspiring.
More Catholics need to be talking about those issues. If not, we’ll be the only ones not talking about it. Consider the following excerpt from a recent CNN article titled “The Demise of Guys: How Video Games and Porn are Ruining a Generation.” Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo writes,
Young men — who play video games and use porn the most — are being digitally rewired in a totally new way that demands constant stimulation. And those delicate, developing brains are being catered to by video games and porn-on-demand, with a click of the mouse, in endless variety.
Such new brains are also totally out of sync in traditional school classes, which are analog, static and interactively passive. Academics are based on applying past lessons to future problems, on planning, on delaying gratifications, on work coming before play and on long-term goal-setting.
Guys are also totally out of sync in romantic relationships, which tend to build gradually and subtly, and require interaction, sharing, developing trust and suppression of lust at least until “the time is right.”
Sin has consequences.
I believe the Catechism, Humanae Vitae, and Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body lectures are some of the best resources available in all of Christianity related to sexuality. I’m thrilled to find many people who have taken that content and converted it to concise, online material.
If you haven’t heard of Matt Fradd, Jason and Cristina Everett, and Chastity.com you should check them out. Also, Devin Rose has been running a series of posts challenging young Catholic men to pursue women honorably. His wife Katie is writing parallel posts for women on her site. Here’s Arleen’s Spenceley’s column in the Tampa Bay Times on virginity that appeared a few weeks ago.
What are the best Christian online resources related to sexuality you’ve found?