If You Were Looking for Porn…

November 30, 2009

If you are visiting my blog for the first time today, there is a statistical chance you were looking for porn instead.

First of all, I’m really sorry about that. I found out I’m not the first Christian blog to be sadly mistaken for a porn site.

Please don’t click “back” just yet. I know why you’re here. Back in September, I wrote one of my favorite posts, Free XXX Christian Porn.

I assumed there would be a few people who would reach that post by searching Google for porn.

But I was looking at my page stats this weekend, and something really surprised me. First, the top Google search leading to my blog since September has been “Christian Porn.” That’s right, more people land on this site by searching “Christian porn,” than for any other reason. It totally obliterates the second ranked search. There are also dozens of other porn-related searches that have led to me.

I don’t know if those searches represent Christians looking for help with their porn problem, or people looking for some sort of deviant, really boring sounding type of porn. “Christian porn?” I mean, really, someone must have used up all the other fetishes in the world if the idea of two Christians taking a break from their Bible study to have wholesome, monogamous, procreational “relations” sounds like it would make for good porn. The only thing that sounds less arousing is landing on this site by mistake while looking for Christian porn. So, really, I’m sorry about that. That’s lame.

The other thing that surprised me was the sheer number of porn users showing up here. It hasn’t been a few people, or a few dozen.

It’s been thousands.

In the last three months, three-thousand people have shown up here, hoping for something else, and left after 17 seconds. All those people, intersecting on this one insignificant site, looking for the same thing. I’m surprised they stayed that long.

I had to see why all of you were showing up. So I Googled “Christian Porn.” Don’t worry kids, I was wearing my anti-porn goggles.

Sunday afternoon, my blog was the fourth result on Google for that search. I didn’t see any sites that looked like porn, much less Christian porn. There were various blogs and news sites. But I also had to scroll to the second page to find anything helpful, like XXXChurch.com, or any of the other well-known porn help sites.

There’s so many people here for this reason, and they are landing here before finding the site they really want. So I think I should dedicate this post to saying this: If you’re looking for porn, or looking for help…

God still loves you, unconditionally.

Porn is a liar. Porn wants you to think you need it. Porn also wants you to think that “one last time” will be okay, then you can quit. “One last time” will never be your last, and you’ll always feel like crap again afterward.

You aren’t alone. You probably feel alone, but there’s about a hundred people just like you who will happen across this one little site on this day alone for the same reason. That represents just a fraction of the people out there. To find a guy that’s never looked at porn is pretty tough. Girls aren’t immune either. That’s a lot of people in the same boat.

Lots of bloggers have said it better than I can. I’m sorry I can’t help you more, but maybe you can be encouraged by them.

Jon Acuff, Anne Jackson, Matthew Paul Turner, XXX Church

Anyone else have anything to say? Feel free to comment anonymously or whatever. Tell us how you’ve been affected by porn, or people who’ve helped you or someone you know.