If God is For Us, Who Can Be Against Us?
My name is David Genslak, I am a sophomore and studying criminal justice. This is my story.
I grew up catholic, and I remember going to church every Sunday, but the services were kind of bland for me. I never really got a lot out of the services. I don’t remember exactly when, but at some point, my family stopped going to church, until my freshman year of high school when we started attending a church called Kensington. I really started to accept Christ as my savior at that time. So, on the outside I looked like a pretty good Christ following kid, right? Well, I was struggling with something that I never told anyone for a long time.
In 6th grade I started watching pornography. I would watch it frequently, and then go to church on Sunday and tell everyone that “I’m fine.” A lot of people do this. I felt awful for lying to my friends and family. This changed when my buddy invited me to Finding Freedom last year – I told somebody that I was struggling with this problem for the first time. Not only did this group help with how to stop watching pornography, but also how Christ is involved with this journey. I decided that I wanted help fighting this addiction and knowing that Christ will save me from this sin helped me get out of it.
This group started to change my life around and I’ve been able to cut this ugly sin out of my life. I was able to fight off the devil with the help of God and community. After cutting off this sin, I am more open around my friends in talking about the issue, which leads into discussions about Jesus. This in turn also makes me more comfortable talking about Jesus with people that do not believe. Cutting out pornography and filling that gap with reading the Word and singing worship music has helped me grow closer to God. In Romans 8:31 it says, “If God is for us, who can be against us.” I believe that with all my heart. How could something hold us down when God is right there to help us get out of it? I encourage anybody who is struggling with pornography to take that step and ask God and other people in the community for help. Finding Freedom was a big step in my life. I am now closer to God than ever, and this is why I worship.
A note from Campus Ministry: If you are struggling with any kind of sexual addictions such as pornography, CM@GVSU offers support for both guys and girls. Check out Finding Freedom for guys – they meet Tuesdays at 9pm in Kirkhof 1142. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info! Check out Renewed for girls – they meet Mondays at 9pm in Kirkhof 2227 (except for CPR weeks). You can email email@example.com for more info!