Baton Rouge’s Todd Shupe on Pornography: ‘A Perversion of a Gift from God’
by Todd Shupe
I recently heard an interview with Rev. Levi Lusco. He was discussing his new book “Swipe Right.” The dating app Tinder provides pictures and basic information that people “looking to date” have uploaded of themselves. If the user swipes to the left of a particular image, then that means he or she is not interested. However, if you swipe to the right, that means you are interested and if the other person does the same thing to your picture, you are very likely going to have sex with them very soon.
“You may ask what does that have to do with pornography? They both are feeding a desire for sex in an immoral manner,” Todd Shupe, of Baton Rouge, said recently. “Sex is a gift from God and its value decreases when it is approached with such a nonchalant attitude,” the Christian ministries volunteer and former LSU wood sciences professor continued.
Pornography can be as addicting as any drug. Studies have shown that it releases endorphins in the brain which make it “feel good” when in fact it is actually harmful to the body and soul. In reality, it is the fruit of the enemy. Every relationship comes with a moral commitment; this commitment is absent in the relationships of the flesh.
Mark 7:15 tell us: “Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” If you “feed” yourself with immorality, then what do you expect to come out of you? Christians are certainly not immune to pornography addition. The same can be said for clergy. “Many of the millennial generation are products of divorced parents,” LSU’s Todd Shupe said. “They see no benefits of marriage and feed their desires through illicit relationships and pornography.” Rev. Lusco stated that 1 out of 3 boys who are 13 years of age have a pornography problem.
As men of the church, Todd Shupe believes that we must be the defenders of these young boys. We must explain to them why this behavior is harmful. The pleasure that they are feeling is not Godly and if they do get married later in life, they often report a less satisfied sex life, according to Rev. Lesko.
Do you recall the story in Genesis of Jacob and Esau? These were twin sons of Issac. Esau was the oldest by seconds and by right he held the higher position in the family. One day Esau returned to his brother, Jacob, and was famished from working in the fields. He begged his twin brother to give him some “red pottage” (stew). Jacob offered to give Esau a bowl of stew in exchange for his birthright (the right to be recognized as firstborn) and Esau agreed.
This is huge because the birthright has to do with inheritance of both goods and position. Esau acted impulsively, as he did not value his birthright over a bowl of lentil stew. The lesson here is that your standards are low when your stomach is empty. Esau gave into the desires of the flesh without thinking of the consequences.
Rev. Lusco advises that we do not overreact if we find our son or daughter looking at pornography. “Do not shame them. Instead, calmly explain to them why this is wrong and why it is important to live in the Spirit rather than living in the flesh,” says LSU’s Todd Shupe. “My advice: Keep your stomach full with Godly things and you will not have an appetite for impure things.” Also, Baton Rouge’s Todd Shupe suggests that we develop an accountability group of friends that form a barrier around you to keep the enemy out.
About the Author:
Todd Shupe is the President of DrToddShupe.com and is a well recognized expert on wood-based housing and wood science. Shupe worked as a professor and lab director at LSU for over 20 years. He is active in several ministries including his Christian blog ToddShupe.com. Todd is the Secretary of the Baton Rouge District of United Methodist Men, Database Coordinator for Gulf South Men, and volunteer for the Walk to Emmaus, Grace Camp, Iron Sharpens Iron, Open Air Ministries, HOPE Ministries food pantry. Todd is currently preparing to be a Men’s Ministry Specialist through the General Commission of United Methodist Men.