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Porn: The Pink Elephant in the Church

Last Updated: August 1, 2014

Luke Gilkerson

Luke Gilkerson has a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies and an MA in Religion. He is the author of Coming Clean: Overcoming Lust Through Biblical Accountability and The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality. Luke and his wife Trisha blog at IntoxicatedOnLife.com

Okay, this one is bizarre. The following is a music video by Phil Joel (formerly of the Newsboys). It’s his music video for the song, “Pink Elephant.”

What does this song have to do with pornography?

Phil and his wife Heather explain that the Pink Elephant is really just a goofy way of looking at the sins that so easily clutter up our lives, the sins that we become comfortable with, the sins that end up owning us in the end. Certain sins are like “elephants in the room”: the big, obtrusive, awkward things that no one is talking about. The inspiration for “shine a light on big ole pink elephant” is found in 1 John 1:5-10, where we are told that we should live our lives exposed by the light, confessing our sins to God and others, and watching as He purifies us.

If porn is your pink elephant, the sin that has made itself at home in your life, bring it out into the light. Confess it. If need be, confess it over and over as it continues to seek control in your life. Get it out into the open. Be bold and boast in your weaknesses before others. Find accountability and find freedom.