I usually try to stay away from blogging about two particular areas.1) "Hot" topics 2) Controversial topics
However, I feel like I'm not completely ditching my standards with this post. In reality, this is very much a "hot" topic, and yet I don't know if I'd consider it extremely controversial for Christians. I've found the sentiment among my friends and community all tends to lean in the same direction. I took a few minutes to go look at www.pluggedin.com for the review. (an incredible site that I highly recommend for Christian movie reviews) Here are a few of their thoughts.
In the meantime, though, there's not a thing about it that's worthy or respectable.
Seven or eight f-words and one s-word. "D--n" and "h---" are used a couple of times apiece. God's name is misused more than a dozen times.
Never mind whether the content contained in Fifty Shades of Grey falls short of or crosses over a legal definition of domestic abuse or pornography; with a cancerous intensity it caters to the cravings and hungers that all pornography serves.
Of if you prefer a quote from a secular source let's look at this little doozy from the New York Times,
It dabbles in romantic comedy and splashes around in melodrama, but the one thing it can’t be — the thing the novel so trashily and triumphantly is — is pornography.
So it goes without saying that Fifty Shades Of Grey is far from the category of Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things."
So what is the real issue going on here?
I'll never forget our awesome "girl time" in college. I was 20 years old and living the dream. Loved Jesus, loved my school, loved my degree, incredibly awesome Christian community. A large group of friends would meet at my house every thursday for the "line up" and some prayer. We'd watch the Office, Grey's Anatomy, and occasionally Gossip Girl while of course taking time during commercials or breaks to discuss the Word, what God was doing, perhaps even pray. It wasn't until one day God came in and rocked my world with so much conviction that my heart felt grieved to its core, that I ever thought twice about what we were doing. The Lord spoke so clear that it pierced my inner man so deep that I was also reminded of how deeply I am loved at the same time. It's like Papa Bill Johnson says of the Word, "It's a two edged sword that cuts to the heart of man, but it also heals where it cuts." The Lord said to me,
"Jessika you laugh at what is sin, you are entertained by what sent Me to the cross"
Needless to say... I have been forever changed. I began to closely examine what I chose to be entertained by. I filtered every movie, every tv show, every song. When God speaks, things change. You either obey, or you disobey, you either draw near, or you run.
Over and over for the year 2015 I heard the word, "consecration", for the body of Christ. It's a time to be truly consecrated. To "lay aside the sin which so easily entangles us", to "live above reproach", to "count our earthly members as dead and be hidden in Christ".
The reality is my friends, (please hear my heart when I "say" this) that this is not an issue that we should have. Choosing what you feed yourself is simply that, a choice. You make an informed choice when you turn the tv on, when you pick that movie, and when you play that song. I am not cursing the world of secular media, I'm simply saying, choose to filter what you feed on. Many of us carefully filter the food and drinks we put in our bodies, but we never pay attention to what our eyes see and our ears hear.
It's been seven years ago that I made a decision. I refuse to be entertained by what God says is sin. I refuse to laugh at what He calls brokenness. I refuse to make Holy Spirit inside of me watch what He knows sent Jesus to the cross.
Friends, 50 Shades of Grey is not the root problem. The lost world will easily be entertained by perverted attempts of intimacy. The problem is why this is even a conversation for Christians in the first place. Have we lowered our standards so much that such pornography is even an option? I dare to believe that we filter the media we allow in our homes by the Word of God and not by what is socially acceptable. I choose to believe that the Bride is awakening to her destiny as a pure and spotless bride. I believe we are resting in scriptures that say "be holy as I am holy", "think on these things", "do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind", "I have been crucified with Christ", "blessed are the pure in heart".
I do not want to stand before God and explain why I willingly chose to be entertained by the very sins that crucified His Son. I don't want to ever force our precious Holy Spirit to watch what grieves Him. He is our Best Friend, our Comforter, our Helper.
Oh dear Beloved Friends... Let's be the model of purity. "He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him." (Eph. 1:4)
May we see the day that the secular media industry is making pure, holy, inspirational, Godly, films, tv shows, and music because the market far outweighs the demand for ungodly entertainment.
Be Blessed, J. Tate
And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. (1 John 3:3)