As you may have heard, the erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey was released this past weekend in over 3600 movie theatres around the country. The result? A record-breaking $81.7 million in gross receipts on a $40 million production. Not a bad return for a movie about sexual bondage, dominance, and sadomasochism. What is even more telling is the producer’s approach to normalizing what is essentially a pornographic themed movie.
“We worked to make this film accessible to the widest audience possible,” said Nick Carpou, Universal’s president of domestic distribution. “The campaign was carefully crafted to highlight the quality of the production value and to heighten the romantic aspect of the storyline and the interpersonal relationship at its heart.”
By mixing romance with bondage, author E.L. James has been able to put a new spin on a porn genre, selling over 100 million copies of her book and inspiring the movie.
“It’s an approach that could usher in a new period of sexual candor in cinema — at the very least it seems likely to last through “Fifty Shades” parts two and three.”
What is even more concerning is that it seems Fifty Shades of Grey is showing in churches around the country. Not literally, but figuratively. Christians are now going to see Fifty Shades of Grey because of the popularity and intrigue. I’ve heard comments like, “I read the book because I just wanted to see what all the hype was about”, or “I went to see the movie to see how bad it really was”.
Don’t fool yourself! These are simply excuses we use to accommodate sinful compromises. Can you imagine that same line of thinking being used for other areas of sin? “I started sniffing coke to see what all the hype was about” or “I’ve been viewing online porn to see how bad it really is”. These are simply mind games we play with ourselves in order to feel better about sinful activity.
God loves you and wants you to protect your walk with Him. He wants you to be proactive in avoiding the lure of Satan’s traps and temptations. The key is prevention and making those godly decisions early in the process.
Ephesians 5:3 – But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
So don’t take the bait. Fifty Shades of Grey is nothing more than 50 shades of sin wrapped in a bow. Remember God created sex as a beautiful gift to be privately enjoyed by a husband and wife (see my blog post, Great Sex). Don’t be duped by all the polluted versions the world likes to offer. It will put you and your walk with Jesus at risk.
So let’s honor God and prevent Fifty Shades of Grey from showing in our churches by discouraging Christian’s everywhere from seeing it.
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 Variety, Feb 15. 2015