I have a friend who is still (in his 70’s) working his heart out as a missionary in Columbia. On his 60th birthday, he teased, “If it’s all downhill from here, why do I still have to pedal so hard?” I have come to believe that life is always an uphill battle unless we stop trying…in which case it’s a costly downhill slide. Last night Alan and I watched Uphill Battle, a 2014 Christian film dealing with the issues of trying to recover from infidelity, divorce, and addiction…rearing kids alone, and trying to learn to trust again…or when it even makes sense to try to trust again. As with most of the Christian films that are coming out, the acting isn’t as “professional” or convincing as that of the world’s great actors, but the themes and messages are refreshingly genuine and inspire hope for life after heartbreak and the possibility of overcoming addictions. Life is messy. Two weeks ago, the Barna Research Group published these devastating statistics at a NYC press conference (full report will come out in April) (https://www.barna.org/blog/culture-media/david-kinnaman/the-porn-phenomenon#.VrDbQPEu_W4):
- “…half of women 25 and under ever seek out porn (56% versus 27% among women 25-plus) and one-third seek it out at least monthly (33% versus just 12% among older [wo?]men).
- In contrast, among teen and young adult men, 81% ever seek it out and 67% at least monthly. Among men ages 25-plus, the comps are 65% and 47[%.]
Are we facing the uphill battle against sin and addiction in our own lives and families? Got an Achilles’ heel? I do. I’m a social eater. Overeating can also become an addiction. According to recent reports (http://stateofobesity.org/rates/), every state in the U.S. now has more than 20% of their population who are obese. This is also deadly news.
Whatever our weaknesses, there is a solution, and there is hope in the transformative work of Christ in our lives, if we’ll only surrender our hearts and wills to Him. Are you willing? If not, are you willing to become willing? I’m praying every day for myself and my family that we will learn to “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good (Romans 12:9). Will you join me in praying for ourselves, each other, our nation, and our world?