Would you mind if I stepped onto my #soapbox for a second?

As I have mindlessly scrolled through my Instagram feed the past few weeks, I’ve noticing an uptick of a moderately recent trend: adding the word “porn” to the end of a hashtag.

#foodporn

#sunsetporn

#craftbeerporn

and today, I suspect I’ll see a fair amount of #eclipseporn

What’s the big deal?

This trend is normalizing the word “porn” and making it into a neutral adjective, merely describing something we love and can’t get enough of. See the problem?

[highlight color=”yellow” text_color=”” background_color=”” background_opacity=”1.00″]Porn is not neutral.[/highlight] The word itself is short for “pornography,” which comes from the Greek word “porneia,” which means any type of sexual expression outside the context of marriage. ¬†And the Bible is clear that porneia is a devastating sin, going so far as to declare, “Flee from sexual immorality (porneia). Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.” (1 Corinthians 6:18)

Make no mistake about it.

Porn is destructive.

Porn is addictive.

Porn devastates marriages.

Porn is enslaving a generation.

I’ve seen it time and time again.

Is it a sin to use the hashtag #SOMETHINGporn? Probably not, but I fear that using the word so flippantly takes the edge off of an issue that is plaguing our culture–sexuality is no longer seen as a sacred and beautiful gift given by God to those who are married.

#steppingoffmysoapboxnow