Lust wants to go outside God's guidelines to find satisfaction." Joshua Harris' approach is counter-cultural from the start.Most Americans reject the very notion that there any pleasures that we are not "meant to have." Our society has institutionalized lust, weaving the patterns of illicit sexual desire throughout the culture's interplay of media, entertainment, status and advertising.A best-selling author, Harris is known to many young Christians through his works on biblical courtship and marriage.In A pastor at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Md., Harris combines pastoral experience with keen spiritual insight."To lust is to want what you don't have and weren't meant to have," he explains."Lust goes beyond attraction, and appreciation of beauty, or even a healthy desire for sex—it makes these desires more important than God.
Lust is now part and parcel of the modern vision of the good life.
Harris argues that "lust may be defining struggle for this generation." Previous generations faced the moral challenges of war, poverty and pestilence, but this generation is absorbed in a continual cycle of lust and sexual gratification.