This post is for my sisters and brothers in Christ. I’m going to quote Matt Walsh here because it expresses my point perfectly
“It would be difficult to explain all of this to someone who is not a Christian. Not impossible, but difficult. At the very least, it would require another 10,000 words or so to first convince them to accept the basic premise of Christian morality… But for Christians, we know that we do not make choices in a void.”
I am not going to beat a dead horse here. I’ll leave all the beatings for the movie, but if you want to read some great posts about why it’s destructive then I can lead you to dozens hundreds of links about that topic. What I want to know is
Why does this come as such a shock to us?
To be clear, I understand this movie takes things a step further. It’s not just Christians that are upset about this one. Fifty Shades of Grey doesn’t just push the envelope. It shreds the envelope into a million little pieces and then burns it to ensure there will never be an envelope again. The thing that concerns me about all of this hubbub is that it is too little, too late.
Because sex sells, and even as Christians we have been buying it in BULK!
We have fueled this flame for a long time and now that it’s a forest fire, we’re like “Oh no. How could this be?”
I look at media these days and I can only imagine, according to what God says in His Word that it grieves him. Most of it is evil and full of a destructive sinful nature, yet so many of us as Christians EAT. IT. UP. I am not judging you. I can understand why sometimes the good outweighs the bad and you just have to live “in and not of” the world.
I do get that, but it breaks my heart that it takes a film like “50 Shades of Grey”, full of pornographic erotica mixed with violence and abuse to draw the line! Really!? We couldn’t have drawn the line 10 years ago with, I don’t know, The Wedding Crashers?
By the way, I didn’t see The Wedding Crashers, but I heard about it from some of my Christian friends that did spend money on the film and I also read the review on Plugged in online. If you read that synopsis you will know why all this rape, nudity, lack of respect for virginity, and all out perversion has been a staple in our entertainment for a long time. Obviously that is just one example of thousands. And for those that think if you haven’t read the book or watched the movies then you really can’t say anything, that’s like saying you have to eat poison first as a way to decide whether or not it is toxic.
50 shades of Grey is like Heroin. It might be worse than some of the other things we’ve seen, but drugs are drugs and sin is sin. I’m glad I have seen so many Christians publicly outraged by this movie, but what if we win? What if 50 Shades tanks at the box office? Then we go back to watching Mad Men and The Bachelor? Do we just continue to be entertained by countless other forms of lust, infidelity, and the attack on sexuality and family that is rampant in Hollywood? I am stopping myself from giving a painful amount of examples, because it’s really not about a list of movies. I know that.
Which is why I am not saying we should campaign against every single movie that hits the big screen. This industry has no reference point for morality and I don’t expect them to accommodate Biblical truths. I DO expect christians to. I guess. I mean, not to step on any toes.
I’ll admit I am extra conservative in that area, but even then, I am sure I have read books or watched a show that some people could find offensive. This is not about condemnation.
I just think we really need to step back and use this whole 50 Shades explosion to evaluate where we are as followers of Christ and ask “am I feeding this destructive culture?” The only way you can answer that question is to ask God and look in His Word (note the verse below). And while I am on my soap box, can we please stop calling anyone with conviction “religious” or “legalistic”.
Maybe it’s not too late to put out this fire. I just hope we can own up to the fact that maybe we had some involvement in it to begin with.
Psalm 101:2-4 NLT
I will be careful to live a blameless life- when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home. I refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them. I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil.
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