Reverend Miller is a leader in the local Methodist community. As such, he serves as a role model and someone who is responsible for embodying the teachings of Christ as best he can. Yet Reverend Miller is also human, and therefore fallible. No church leader can be expected to be saint-like, removed from sin, or perfect. Yet all should ideally aim for high standards, for personal spiritual progress, and for ethical behavioral comportment. One of the main problem dynamics in this case is the conflict between Reverendâ€™s obvious guilt evidenced in his need to confess to a friend, versus his seeming lack of remorse evidence by his admission that â€œover time, it didnâ€™t feel so wrong anymore.â€ The Reverend also does not say that he plans on changing his behavior, even though it can be assumed that he would prefer not to be a pornography addict because of the way it conflicts with his identity as a religious man and a church leader.
His choice to come to me as a friend to confess his consumption of pornography demonstrates a remarkable willingness to be honest and take responsibility for his actionsâ€”even though right now it appears that he is not taking responsibility at all. The Reverend knows that he â€œshouldnâ€™tâ€ be looking at pornography given that church teachings remain firmly against it, and yet right now, he does not indicate any desire to change his behavior. His conflicted mental state is understandable; he gets pleasure from looking at pornography, and receives few if any punishments. Viewed from a simple cost-benefits analysis or from the perspective of basic behaviorism, the Reverendâ€™s behavior makes sense. Unless he does experience negative consequences from consuming pornography, it is unlikely that he will cease his behaviors. Yet I am in no position to punish the Reverend or to expose his secret. Exposing him would constitute a worse ethical violation than his private consumption of pornography, which technically harms no one but himself.
His willingness to confide entrusts me with a tremendous responsibility. At his friend, I am in no position to offer any sort of advice that would preclude the Reverend from again trusting me with his secret or any others he may have. Keeping the dialogue open is essential because I may be able to help the Reverend understand why he has become addicted to pornography and to prevent his addiction from getting worse, preventing it from affecting his relationships with others, and preventing his addiction from harming his position in the church. I am also placed in the unique position of keeping the Reverendâ€™s secret from the congregation: not an ideal position but one that must be considered in light of the Reverendâ€™s overall comportment in the community.
The Reverend also trusts in my ability to keep his confession private and confidential, respecting that his use of pornography has no bearing on how he treats his wife or any other woman. It would be a gross violation of my ethical duties to report the Reverend, or to pass judgment upon him. At the same time, the Reverend does have a moral obligation to his congregation and would be well advised to at least cultivate the willingness to consider the ramifications of his behavior. Ultimately, the Reverendâ€™s confession may reveal some problem dynamics in core church teachings about what pornography is and the role it plays in normal sexual and psychological functioning. Not all pornography â€œportrays violence, abuse, coercion, domination, humiliation, or degradation for the purpose of arousal,â€ as official church literature suggests (â€œBook of Resolutions,â€ n.d.). In fact, the Methodist Church recognizes that â€œsexual images can celebrate the goodness of human sexuality through positive depiction in art, literature, and education,â€ and simply differentiates between healthy representations of sexuality and those that are potentially harmful (â€œSocial Principles: The Nurturing Community,â€ n.d.). In light of the multiple issues presented by this complex case, the following action plan can be implemented in accordance with Methodist ideology.
Action Plan and Methodist Ideology
First, I would establish further trust by suggesting more regular meetings with the Reverend to discuss this and any other issues in the context of our friendship. The Reverend did approach me as a friend: deliberately going outside of Methodist clergy to confess to someone he knew would not pass judgment or take any action that would jeopardize his reputation or standing in the community. Even if I do not like the Reverendâ€™s approach now, I must also see that this is the first step that he was willing to take towards healing. I also must recognize the meaning of friendship, and to see that my primary duty is to the Reverend as a friend and not as a parishioner. Therefore, I would need to cultivate the open-mindedness necessary to continue the conversation with the Reverend on his terms. If I were uncomfortable doing so, or felt it compromised my values, then I could have to be honest with the Reverend and suggest that he confess elsewhere while also assuring him that his secret will remain safe.
Second, I would continue the dialogue by asking the Reverend some specific questions that might help him to consider the ramifications of his actions and to possibly shift his attitude and behaviors. I would ask him whether he needs to improve his sex life and whether he might consider talking more openly with his wife about his need for visual stimulation. It is possible his wife also likes to view pornography and has been afraid to tell him, too. Starting this dialogue would strengthen their relationship via the establishment of trust and could unearth the core underlying reasons for his pornography habit. In fact, if the Reverend and his wife were honest with each other about their sexual needs and urges, they may both be able to channel their interests and energies into activities that are viewed with less consternation than pornography. Ultimately, though, the community must come to terms with the fact that pornography is one of the worldâ€™s most consistently lucrative businesses for a reason. The interest in pornography does not necessarily need to be vilified as long as the material is non-violent and non-exploitative in nature. It is even possible that the Methodist community could play a more active role in promoting healthy pornography created by studios that are committed to the ethical treatment of their actors and staff, and to the creation of ethical pornographic material. If the Reverend remains resistant to confiding in his wife or taking more ownership of his actions, I would consider suggesting that he seek professional counseling that may help him work out his complex emotions and thoughts more systematically, using evidence-based methods.
Methodist ideology condemns pornography but not necessarily on judicious grounds. The reflexive condemnation of pornography reflects absolutist thinking that classifies all forms of sexually explicit material into the same category. In fact, pornography is not necessarily violent or exploitative. Far more important would be a frank discussion of what really matters in the pornography debate: the role and status of women in society. A good deal of pornographic material is produced by females, who take control of the imagery and narratives presented on screen to root out problematic portrayals of violence and preclude the exploitation of vulnerable populations like minors and victims of sex trafficking. Instead of condemning pornography, the Methodist church would better fulfill its ideological goals by engaging female producers in the pornography industry in dialogue.
Therefore, part of the action plan may eventually include the welcoming of female pornography producers to the church to give guest lectures and lead discussions about how to make the sex industry safer and more empowering for women. The Reverend is likely to be resistant to such ideas now. However, I could start putting together a formal proposal based on research showing why such an approach might help to reduce the harms that are associated with pornography. The church cannot hope to eliminate pornography or the desire to consume it, even from the most pious members of the church. On the other hand, the church can certainly play a role in cleaning up the pornography industry and making it so that the natural urges of human beings for sexually explicit material does not conflict with the more important and overarching ideological objectives like social justice and ethics. The â€œgrace and healingâ€ approach advocated by the Methodist Church can be more visionary and global in scope than it currently is (â€œSocial Principles: The Nurturing Community,â€ n.d.). The Methodist Church already advocates a multifaceted and compassionate approach to pornography that includes public policy analysis, education, rehabilitation, and participation in the legislative process (â€œBook of Resolutions: Pornography and Sexual Violence,â€ n.d.). Building on these core principles, I would urge the Reverend to use his current experiences and possible addiction to pornography as a springboard for taking action.
Taking action on pornography within the rubric of Methodist ethics and ideology requires compassion and pragmatism. The Methodist Church must recognize that not all pornography is exploitative, and become more willing to lend support for pro-social members of the sex trade who are willing and interested in becoming partners in eradicating problems like child pornography and human trafficking. By working together with researchers and industry leaders, the Church can interject the tenets of Christian faith more solidly into the community.
â€œBook of Resolutions: Pornography and Sexual Violence,â€ (n.d.). United Methodist Church. http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/pornography-and-sexual-violence
â€œSocial Principles: The Nurturing Community,â€ (n.d.). United Methodist Church. http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/the-nurturing-community
Are you busy and do not have time to handle your assignment? Are you scared that your paper will not make the grade? Do you have responsibilities that may hinder you from turning in your assignment on time? Are you tired and can barely handle your assignment? Are your grades inconsistent?
Whichever your reason is, it is valid! You can get professional academic help from our service at affordable rates. We have a team of professional academic writers who can handle all your assignments.
Students barely have time to read. We got you! Have your literature essay or book review written without having the hassle of reading the book. You can get your literature paper custom-written for you by our literature specialists.
Do you struggle with finance? No need to torture yourself if finance is not your cup of tea. You can order your finance paper from our academic writing service and get 100% original work from competent finance experts.
While psychology may be an interesting subject, you may lack sufficient time to handle your assignments. Don’t despair; by using our academic writing service, you can be assured of perfect grades. Moreover, your grades will be consistent.
Engineering is quite a demanding subject. Students face a lot of pressure and barely have enough time to do what they love to do. Our academic writing service got you covered! Our engineering specialists follow the paper instructions and ensure timely delivery of the paper.
In the nursing course, you may have difficulties with literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, critical essays, and other assignments. Our nursing assignment writers will offer you professional nursing paper help at low prices.
Truth be told, sociology papers can be quite exhausting. Our academic writing service relieves you of fatigue, pressure, and stress. You can relax and have peace of mind as our academic writers handle your sociology assignment.
We take pride in having some of the best business writers in the industry. Our business writers have a lot of experience in the field. They are reliable, and you can be assured of a high-grade paper. They are able to handle business papers of any subject, length, deadline, and difficulty!
We boast of having some of the most experienced statistics experts in the industry. Our statistics experts have diverse skills, expertise, and knowledge to handle any kind of assignment. They have access to all kinds of software to get your assignment done.
Writing a law essay may prove to be an insurmountable obstacle, especially when you need to know the peculiarities of the legislative framework. Take advantage of our top-notch law specialists and get superb grades and 100% satisfaction.
We have highlighted some of the most popular subjects we handle above. Those are just a tip of the iceberg. We deal in all academic disciplines since our writers are as diverse. They have been drawn from across all disciplines, and orders are assigned to those writers believed to be the best in the field. In a nutshell, there is no task we cannot handle; all you need to do is place your order with us. As long as your instructions are clear, just trust we shall deliver irrespective of the discipline.
Our essay writers are graduates with bachelor's, masters, Ph.D., and doctorate degrees in various subjects. The minimum requirement to be an essay writer with our essay writing service is to have a college degree. All our academic writers have a minimum of two years of academic writing. We have a stringent recruitment process to ensure that we get only the most competent essay writers in the industry. We also ensure that the writers are handsomely compensated for their value. The majority of our writers are native English speakers. As such, the fluency of language and grammar is impeccable.
There is a very low likelihood that you won’t like the paper.
Not at all. All papers are written from scratch. There is no way your tutor or instructor will realize that you did not write the paper yourself. In fact, we recommend using our assignment help services for consistent results.
We check all papers for plagiarism before we submit them. We use powerful plagiarism checking software such as SafeAssign, LopesWrite, and Turnitin. We also upload the plagiarism report so that you can review it. We understand that plagiarism is academic suicide. We would not take the risk of submitting plagiarized work and jeopardize your academic journey. Furthermore, we do not sell or use prewritten papers, and each paper is written from scratch.
You determine when you get the paper by setting the deadline when placing the order. All papers are delivered within the deadline. We are well aware that we operate in a time-sensitive industry. As such, we have laid out strategies to ensure that the client receives the paper on time and they never miss the deadline. We understand that papers that are submitted late have some points deducted. We do not want you to miss any points due to late submission. We work on beating deadlines by huge margins in order to ensure that you have ample time to review the paper before you submit it.
We have a privacy and confidentiality policy that guides our work. We NEVER share any customer information with third parties. Noone will ever know that you used our assignment help services. It’s only between you and us. We are bound by our policies to protect the customer’s identity and information. All your information, such as your names, phone number, email, order information, and so on, are protected. We have robust security systems that ensure that your data is protected. Hacking our systems is close to impossible, and it has never happened.
You fill all the paper instructions in the order form. Make sure you include all the helpful materials so that our academic writers can deliver the perfect paper. It will also help to eliminate unnecessary revisions.
Proceed to pay for the paper so that it can be assigned to one of our expert academic writers. The paper subject is matched with the writer’s area of specialization.
You communicate with the writer and know about the progress of the paper. The client can ask the writer for drafts of the paper. The client can upload extra material and include additional instructions from the lecturer. Receive a paper.
The paper is sent to your email and uploaded to your personal account. You also get a plagiarism report attached to your paper.
Delivering a high-quality product at a reasonable price is not enough anymore.
That’s why we have developed 5 beneficial guarantees that will make your experience with our service enjoyable, easy, and safe.
You have to be 100% sure of the quality of your product to give a money-back guarantee. This describes us perfectly. Make sure that this guarantee is totally transparent.Read more
Each paper is composed from scratch, according to your instructions. It is then checked by our plagiarism-detection software. There is no gap where plagiarism could squeeze in.Read more
Thanks to our free revisions, there is no way for you to be unsatisfied. We will work on your paper until you are completely happy with the result.Read more
Your email is safe, as we store it according to international data protection rules. Your bank details are secure, as we use only reliable payment systems.Read more
By sending us your money, you buy the service we provide. Check out our terms and conditions if you prefer business talks to be laid out in official language.Read more