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Free Porn…and the consequences

The episode of Friends when Joey and Chandler find free porn on their TV bothers me, but it also reveals some truths about pornography. The two are afraid to turn off the TV because they are afraid the porn will disappear. Firstly this shows how addictive porn can be. This is not the only time the characters demonstrate their addiction to pornography. Just episodes before, Monica entices her friends to come hang out at her apartment by offering cookies and, you guessed it, porn. It’s sad how easily people are drawn to this distortion of God’s creation, but it’s scary how prevalent and addicting the habit is. The episode closes with Joey and Chandler turning off their television set. They are relieved to hear silence, but immediately they must turn the TV back on to see if they still the have free porn. It is addictive.

Secondly, the show reveals the effect porn has on the viewer. Towards the end of the episode, Chandler reveals to Joey that he was disappointed that the woman at the bank didn’t immediately want to have sex with him. Joey had a similar experience. Porn, and the habit of watching it, distorts reality. God created sex, so sex in and of itself is not bad, but God created sex for marriage. Pornography makes that sacred moment seem like a cheap side show. It could be likened to serving filet mignon at McDonalds .

Lastly, I want to point out that none of the characters have healthy, lasting relationships (aside from Chandler in very late the series). I don’t think that is a coincidence. Their view of relationships and intimacy is distorted by the culture around them, namely in this instance, pornography. While I enjoy the best show’s witty banter and Comic moments, I simply cannot approve of the lifestyles the characters lead. I shake my head and remind myself that they do not know Jesus. Their lives would be so much fuller if they did.

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I’ve got something Rory Gilmore doesn’t have.

If you know me, you know I enjoy the TV show Gilmore Girls. I’ve seen the original seasons 3 times, and I’m on my second viewing of the remake. Every time I relate just a little more with Rory, so it naturally follows that I wonder if I’ll face some of her same trials.

For the majority of her life, Rory Gilmore got what she wanted. At 32 years old Rory Gilmore has a breakdown because her life seems to be falling apart. She has no job, no home, no prospects, and no marriage. Her mother turns down her idea for a book, and the man she might love is engaged. Basically her life is in a deep rut, and she can’t see the sunlight.
For a brief moment I wondered if I might ever have that same point in life. Life has been pretty good to me so far, so it’s possible that some day everything could come crashing down. The world isn’t very nice at times.

Then I remembered God. Even if everything else around me falls apart, God is still on my side. There’s no need to panic. I can breathe easy because I have something Rory Gilmore doesn’t have.

*I do want to take a slight digression here. As I watch the series, there always come moments when I remember that the Gilmore paradigm is completely different than mine because they don’t have God in their lives. It saddens me if it’s possible to feel sad over the spiritual status of fictional characters. Many of their trials and worries could be overcome if they had a relationship with God. In fact, they might not have had many of the trials if they’d been following God’s will for their lives. The show probably wouldn’t have been as popular, but it would have been much more joyful.