Thursday, February 12, 2015

50 Shades To Avoid

This week, Christian bloggers tend toward addressing 50 Shades Of Grey (both the trilogy of books and the upcoming movie). I considered jumping on the bandwagon, since I worry about some young evangelical women who could possibly read the books and/or see the movie. Actually, I know an evangelical woman who did read the first book.

During my deliberation, I wondered whether addressing the topic in this blog would make sense. In the first place, I assume that most of my readers probably read many of the same blogs I read, and consequently know why they should run as far away as possible from such obvious pornography. Secondly, I assume most of you are women who share my love of God's Word, and therefore already understand what He says about moral purity.

Assumptions, however, often have a way of falling apart. In reality, once I click the "Publish" button, I have no idea who might end up reading what I've written. Quite possibly, one of you could be reading my little purple blog for the first time. You may well consider yourself an on-fire Christian, and yet you may see no apparent disconnect between enjoying the books/movie and identifying as a follower of Jesus. So perhaps you need to be cautioned to stay away from 50 Shades Of Grey.

Although I haven't read the books (and never will), I've  read enough about them to understand what they celebrate and that they describe sexual behaviors that I have no business imagining. Non-Christians may indulge in that sort of thing all they want, but those of us who call ourselves by His Name bear a responsibility to reflect His holiness in our behavior.
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. ~~Ephesians 5:3-12 (ESV)
I can say without reservation that the pornography represented by these books and this movie have no possibility of pleasing the Lord. Engaging with such things contaminates our minds, compromises our purity, and confirms to the world that they rightly consider us to be hypocrites. For those reasons, we must avoid all books and movies of this nature. Instead, let us seek ways to honor Christ.

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