A student’s response to pornography
Pornography is no small issue in our society. Though some may find it overwhelming to fight against something so deeply rooted in modern culture, junior engineering student, Jake Dykes, has already made an impact on his fellow students by publicly taking a stand against it.
On January 31, Dykes spoke at Upper Room to discuss how pornography is a manifestation of the brokenness of a fallen world.
“I tried to paint a picture for how God designed love, sex, and relationships,” Dykes said. “[Pornography] is a counterfeit to what God actually has for us.”
Dykes also spoke on how God can use something such as pornography to change hearts and bring people closer to Him.
“Our brokenness can be the very thing that shows us what God actually has for us,” he said. “It gives Him a chance to redeem and restore us, and out of [brokenness] something amazing can actually come.”
Recently, a commercial aired during the Super Bowl advertising a frozen food company by making light of pornography. Dykes says while the commercial did portray pornography negatively, it was still problematic because of its humorous and comedic nature.
“I think joking about this in our society is an attempt to normalize it,” he said. “Internet porn has been around for 20 years. If you look at the grand scope of our society, it hasn’t been around for that long, but its impacts are already severe. We can’t normalize it, we can’t pretend it’s okay, and we can’t joke about it. We have to handle it with the magnitude it deserves.”
One response to this societal norm is through involvement with the newly created Freedom Groups at Geneva College, groups dedicated to fighting sexual brokenness. The Freedom Groups will begin by reading and discussing the book Unwanted by Jay Stringer.