Dear Future Husband,

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Photo Credit: Fight the New Drug (Instagram)

In our day and age, I know it isn’t a matter of whether or not you have been exposed to pornography, but a matter of what you did/do once you were. I ask you to be honest with me. I know. I learned the statistics, the appeal, the behavior, the prevalence, and I’m asking you to, please, choose me. To choose us. Appeal to my love for you by being honest and transparent.

Don’t think for a moment I won’t be super ticked-off, disappointed, or discouraged. Mostly, I will be scared. Maybe Betrayed. Definitely Hurt. Concerned for myself and potential children. I won’t excuse your behavior. Bad behavior is bad behavior. Porn isn’t just bad behavior. Porn lies. Kills Truth. Kills love. Porn distorts: Sex. Attraction. Beauty. Respect. Dignity. Worth. Value. Gratification. Discipline. Porn objectifies. Porn turns men into beasts. Porn ruins your soul, your relationship with God, your ability to master virtue, and your ability to become the husband/father God called you to be. Porn is ultimately selfish.

Choosing to view and act on pornography is like eating a delicious 3 layered cake that is enticing and pleasurable in view, taste, smell, texture, etc. But you are so blinded by the externals and yourself (maybe peer pressure to eat the cake,) you don’t realize you just ingested a 3 layer cake of heroin, meth, and cocaine or hell, selfishness, and anti-love. But, it’s too late, you need another fix. So you go back to the meth cake. You choose the meth cake over real love. It becomes a coping mechanism for disappointment, hurt, uncertainty, insecurity, fights, marital intimacy problems, etc. Pleasure and a quick fix outweighs struggling and striving for authentic faith, hope, and charity. I’m sorry and saddened if you bought into the lie of porn and chose the garbage when God wanted to give you heaven.

So what now. Guess what? You aren’t a slave to your lust, your past, your mistakes, your shame, your guilt, and your weaknesses. But you do need to change your heart which will change your body, mind, and soul. You ABSOLUTELY must change. There is no alternative. You need to become a true man: a lover of God and not yourself. Be disciplined in thought, word, and deed: spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, intellectual, financial, etc. You need to learn that there is right and wrong. And others, including God, have authority to inform you and hold you accountable to what is right and wrong. That there is good and bad behavior.

In the meantime, cling to God’s mercy, forgiveness, and compassion. Learn to do good and sin no more purely out of love for God. Love God. Create a clean heart in me, O God. Heal and hope. Become a real man of God. Don’t be afraid to suffer. Choose love. Choose me. Choose us. And please, pray for me. Please, pray for us. You are in my prayers always.

With My Love Always,

Hannah

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