A new study was published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives showing that the more conservative and religious a state is, the more likely its residents are to purchase porn on-line. Of the 10 states where porn is most consumed, eight of them gave their electoral votes to John McCain. Out of the 10 states with the lowest consumption, only four did.


Guess which state consumes the most porn per capita? Mormon land, Utah. They don’t drink caffeine, but they sure like their porn. Basically, if you are selling on-line porn, be sure to target the people who profess religious or conservative values.


About his findings, Benjamin Edelman says: “Some of the people who are most outraged turn out to be consumers of the very things they claimed to be outraged by.”


Is anyone really shocked by all this? It just proves that moral and religious commands do not generate the ability to follow those commands. Not only do commands not cause obedience, but Paul writes: “The law was added so that the trespass might increase” (Romans 5:20).


As I was reading the article, I was getting smug and angry at the hypocrisy revealed by the conservative and religious types. And then a few of Jesus’ words came to mind: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matt 5:27-28).

Oops. I’ve done that. Guilty. I am the hypocrite.


In Matt 7:3-5, Jesus follows up with: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”


I was being hypocritical about the hypocrites. Thankfully, Paul continues in Romans 5: “But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”