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Thoughts on the Meaning of Life…..by Todd Helmkamp

Bye bye Myspace

Posted by Vogeler on December 11, 2006

I am deleting my Myspace account next week.

I am seriously sick and tired of seeing half-naked women every time I log on.

I am sick and tired of the way the world is, and I am going to fight back.  Even if it’s such a minor way as this.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. demonstrated the power of groups of people determined to make things right without using violence.

I strongly encourage any of you who have a saving faith in Jesus Christ, or who are sick of the objectification and sexualization of women, to join me in this boycott.

If you are interested, I will draft a petition to forward to Tom and the rest of the Myspace bunch telling them what we’re doing and why.

It only takes one match to start a wildfire.

“One small step for man…….”

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16 Responses to “Bye bye Myspace”

  1. nathan said

    i just read someone last week who just deleted their myspace account, so you can be assured you aren’t the only one!
    Sweet action Todd. BTW, if i had a myspace acct, i would probly join you in deleting it.

  2. joe said

    I made a decision, a while back, to stop actively doing things that made it easy for me to see things I didn’t want to see, like scantily clad women. (Trust me, I do want to see that, but I’m waiting until it can be my wife, and happen inside the boundaries of a healthy marriage!)

    Anyway…I made a decision to stop watching movies if I can’t watch the entire movie without fear of having to close my eyes. I’m not going to pay good money so that I can catch a glimpse and then close my eyes as fast as possible, and then peak a few times to see if I can look again, or worse, rely on a brother or sister in Christ to tell me when it’s safe to look again!

    I’m also extremely picky about what TV shows I watch. I don’t hardly even turn the thing on. Every once in a while I watch the news, if friends are coming over and we have a good movie, or during the Christmas season, I have to watch Christmas specials.

    I’ve also considered deleting my myspace. The only reason I have moved so slowly about it, is simply because I only log in once every 30-60 days, or so. So, I don’t think about it until I log in.

    Todd, I want you to know a couple of things, and I have a question…

    1. I support you in your decision! I think it’s a good thing to take a stand.
    2. I have made similar decisions about movies and tv, and have received a LOT of flack, and most of the flack has come from fellow Christians! I’m not perfect, and I have failed at what I’m about to say, but, I have tried to be very careful to be clear that this is my conviction, and not impose it on others. If they call me and want to go see a movie, I usually just thank them and say I’m not interested, and more often than not, I get backed into a corner about my conviction. I get sneared at, I get eyes rolled at me, I have had several people become extremely angry with me. I even had one person tell me I needed to loosen up and stop smothering people. I’ve come to the conclusion that my decision brings them under conviction. It’s not anything I am doing, it’s something God is doing, through the Holy Spirit. I experience the receiving end of this all the time. I have several people that I find myself convicted in a certain area of my life when I am around them, and I want to lash out at them, rather than listen to what God is trying to tell me. Anyway, I’m way off on a tangent here. All that to say this: don’t get discouraged if people give you a hard time for trying to honor God.

    And…the question: Where do you draw the line? We live in a world where walking down the street subjects us, without any warning, to soft porn. So, do we stop going outside? How far do we go to protect our eyes?

  3. @Nathan: Thanks for the support

    @Joe: We’ve discussed your stand, and I support you strongly. I think that too many Christians have compromised with the world (I know that I have). We are COMMANDED to avoid sinful things. It’s all over the Bible (look it up for yourself). And yet, we are constantly bombarded with pressure from the world, and even worse, our Christian friends, that it’s “not that bad” or, “its ok if you don’t look” or “stop being a fuddy-duddy.”

    THIS IS NOT A GAME. We are here for one purpose, and one purpose only:

    To glorify the God Who made us, the Father Who loves us. We are here to be living witnesses to His love and mercy and purity and holiness.

    No one is perfect. Least of all me. Just ask anyone who knows me. But I am tired of compromise. I am tired of people trying to have their cake and eat it too. Jesus said that the cost of following Him is high. You better decide right now if you can pay that.

    Joe, where do you draw the line? Wherever you need to. Sex is everywhere, true. And it will be an ongoing battle. Just bounce your eyes and take every thought captive to Christ.

    I will leave you with the words of Paul in Chapter Four of his first letter to the church of Thessalonica:

    “Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.” (1 Thessalonians, 4:1-8, bold added)

  4. Michael J. said

    I don’t have a myspace account… but I’d I delete it if I did! I’ve never been a fan of myspace and now it’s all pornified and commercialized… God save WordPress!

  5. Adam said

    I deleted mine awhile ago. . . when “I” (not me… some computer thing) was sending bulletins to all my buddies linking them to porn sites. I deleted it that same day. I do miss the connectivity that it provided though… but its worth it.

  6. Abby! said

    Way to go, Todd. I’m proud of you for taking a stand.

    I’m on myspace. But I’ve not seen the overwhelming amount of pictures of scantily-clad women in advertisements. Like I said to you earlier, maybe it’s because I’m a woman, or maybe it’s because I don’t pay attention.

    While I stand beside you on your convictions and support you, I will not be joining your boycott. Myspace has been a great way for me to stay connected with my friends from all over, and for that I am extremely grateful. And since I am choosing to be a part of this community, which I know is not a Christian-founded website, I’m going to expect that the advertisements will not be for eHarmony.

    Much love!

  7. Mary Rose said

    Todd you have convinsed me to give up my my space account i dont want to be on something that forces such lewd immages upon guys who would only be looking for there friends.

  8. Adam said

    @Mary Rose: I’m sure you mis-communicated that, but please allow me to make a point with it. We should never do anything because a person convicted us. If TODD convicted you, then either shame on him for being legalistic or shame on you for being wishy washy. What would be better to say is that God convicted you, as a result of Todd’s testimony. I’m sure that’s what you meant, but I wanted to use it as an example for my point. 🙂

  9. Adam said

    Okay so I totally read Mary Rose’s incorrectly. She never said that Todd convicted her… she said “convinced.” My bad. . . . 😀 But its still a good point, eh?

  10. Todd said

    Yes, Adam, it is a good point. 😛

  11. Grandpa said

    I use the thought of shut off the switch if you don’t like what you see

  12. Steve said

    Todd,
    Let me ask you, did ignoring or turning away from something change it? I would say it would of been better to contact My Space and ask them why they let that exist when it really isn’t needed and against their rules. In their terms and conditions it says: “Your MySpace.com profile may not include the following items..any photographs containing nudity, or obscene…”. You might get no results but at least you have tried rather than just giving in to earthly policies and turn away like they don’t exists. Imagine if the US and other countries had just turned away when Hitler came to power. Where would all those people be? Probably dead! Not to mention the fact that you had an opportunity to at least try to change something and didn’t. Now will you be held accountable for not at least trying? Something to think about isn’t it? Enough preaching from me, I just got a big mouth sometimes and like to argue.
    May God be with you and your family always,
    Steve

  13. Todd said

    @Steve, excellent points. However, I did inform the management of Myspace why I was cancelling my account, and pointed to several other members who had deleted their accounts also. You know me well enough to know that I don’t go down without a fight! 🙂

  14. Steve said

    I had hoped you would but I didn’t get that impression when I read your BLOG. Good for you!! Never go down without a fight especially if you’re right and even more so if you’re right and God is on your side!!

  15. Todd said

    @Steve: Thanks. 🙂

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