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It’s Sunday, so I guess I won’t be (fill in the blank)
March 1, 2009, 9:17 am
Filed under: Christendom, culture, media, spiritual formation

According to a research study published in an online article in New Scientist, conservatives would appear to be hypocrites when it comes to practicing what they preach (HT: boingboing).  <pause to allow readers to overcome their shock>  The study has to do with online pornography consumption, and finds that states that are the biggest consumers tend to be more conservative and more religious.  8 of the 10 states that consumed the most went for John McCain in last November’s election.  How people voted doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but here’s something that does:

Church-goers bought less online porn on Sundays – a 1% increase in a postal code’s religious attendance was associated with a 0.1% drop in subscriptions that day. However, expenditures on other days of the week brought them in line with the rest of the country, Edelman finds.

Did you get that?  Church folks consume as much porn as everyone else . . . but they do it all with one less day per week.  Further,

Residents of 27 states that passed laws banning gay marriages boasted 11% more porn subscribers than states that don’t explicitly restrict gay marriage.

There are a number of different directions I could take with this.  The most prominent things that come to my mind, though, are the question of whether churches are really being effective at life transformation, and the fact that moral/religious conservatives lack the high ground to be dictating to others what should or should not be allowed.  Regular readers of this blog can probably figure out where I’d go with those two things, so I’ll save it (anyone who doesn’t know, but cares anyway can feel free to drop off a comment, and I’ll explain myself a little more).

I’m not noting this stuff as a way of pointing fingers of blame.  Let me assure you, I am a Jesus-follower, who commits acts of hypocrisy all the time.  I run my mouth, and then contradict what I’ve said through the things I do.  It’s just that this makes me want to guard my heart in judging others, in taking pride in my own righteousness, in making my life accessible to people who are less than perfect.  I need grace in heaping helpings – these days more than at any other time in my life, trust me on that.

So what’s your favorite vice that you won’t indulge on Sundays?  And given that it’s Lent and all, I’m wondering how many people have secretly committed to “giving up porn” for this season.  Probably a lot (most in hopes that they won’t return to it after Easter).

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