Blog #48: Some Thoughts on Hugh Hefner’s Passing

By John Cline
Hugh Hefner has died at the age of 91. I hope he found grace and repentance before leaving this world. There are evidences of some interest in Christian truths in Hefner’s life. He grew up in a devout Methodist family. And, an article by his Christian gardeners reported that they saw a copy of Pastor Rick Warren’s “A Purpose Driven Life” on Hefner’s nightstand beside his bed. As well, pastor and Author Lee Strobel also writes about how he presented the gospel to Hugh Hefner and that Hefner seemed interested in the historical proofs for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. So, there seems to have been at least some elementary understanding and/or interest in Christianity. Yet, his lifestyle and his public statements never once endorsed Christianity or expressed interest in the faith.
Having said that, I will state that I hope Hefner’s death will signify the end of the so-called “sexual revolution” or, at least, the beginning of the end. I say this because the sexual revolution has failed miserably on every front. May it never rise again. It promised freedom but produced bondage. It promised excitement but produced emptiness. It promised thrills and produced STDs.
Dr. Michael Brown puts it this way, “Although Alfred Kinsey’s perverted sex studies, first released in 1948, helped pave the way for the sexual revolution, the real seeds were planted with Playboy’s nude photoshoot of Marilyn Monroe in 1953. Then, those seeds grew with explosive force in the counterculture revolution of the 1960s. And the rest, as they say, is history—a very sad history, for sure. Today, 8-year-olds are being exposed to hardcore pornography. Children as young as 10 are learning the relative health risks of anal vs. oral vs. vaginal intercourse. Twelve-year-olds are sending inappropriate messages to each other, sometimes committing suicide when their naked pictures circulate through their school. Condoms have been made available to first-graders. Healthy young men cannot perform without Viagra because of their porn addictions. Married couples in their 20s no longer have sex because it has become so meaningless to them. Half of all babies born to first-time mothers are now conceived out of wedlock. Thanks for nothing, sexual revolution. You have brought nothing but destruction.” (Charisma News, September 28, 2017)
What a tragic, ugly legacy! Dr. Michael Brown continues on: “And what does this porn glut produce? Broken marriages. Sexual addictions. Perverse fleshly appetites. Deadly STDs. The degrading of women. Lots of bad and lots of evil. Absolutely nothing good. Consider these stats from a government website: ‘Adolescents ages 15-24 account for nearly half of the 20 million new cases of STD’s each year. Today, two in five sexually active teen girls have had an STD that can cause infertility and even death. Also, though rates of HIV are very low among adolescents, males make up more than 80 percent of HIV diagnoses among 13- to 19-year-olds.’ This is the reality of the sexual revolution.”
So, I am not an admirer of Hugh Hefner or what his sexual revolution has produced. They have destroyed too many people’s lives. There is a better way. A much better way. God’s way: sexual purity. This is not a popular message in our society but one I am praying people will turn to as it is the only one that will protect and preserve and bless both individuals and society.
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