Dare To Be Different #2
So, have you bought your tickets yet for Fifty Shades of Grey? I hear that ticket pre-sales are off the charts.
Oh, wait. It’s rated R. That should be our first clue that there is questionable content.
Some time back I became convicted that I should not go see R-rated movies. The ones that are so rated for the violence are bad for me because they are so graphic. The pictures are disturbing and stay with me for a long time.
The ones rated R because of sexual content are also explicit, so I won’t see them because I want to follow scriptural guidelines. I believe the Bible is the final authority for all truth and practice. What? The Bible talks about R-rated movies? . . . about Fifty Shades of Grey?
Well, yes. Remember, last week I mentioned that there are scriptural principles to apply to just about every area of our lives? While the Bible doesn’t actually mention these things specifically, there are some principles that clearly apply here.
Verses like Psalm 101:3: “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes . . .”
And what about Philippians 4:8? We’re to think on whatever is true and noble and pure and lovely and . . . you get the drift.
I would like to submit to you that those uplifting things would be hard to keep our minds on when watching something that I’ve seen referred to as “mommy porn” and “steamy.”
I am so thankful for watchdog organizations with whom I agree and to whom I can go for help sorting such things out without/before going to see things. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (formally Morality in Media), whose mission is to oppose sexual exploitation and defend human dignity, has a lot to say about “Grey” that I’d prefer not to go into here. Check out their page on the movie if you want more information.
Everybody’s going to go see it!?
Well, first off, that’s not true. I’m not going to see it. And I’m sure there will be plenty of others. Besides all these other reasons, I do not want to support pornography of any sort with my finances.
So what if I won’t be able to join in conversations about the movie? So what if I look ignorant to others? It’s okay to be ignorant of evil. How about reminding ourselves of Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”
Recently I heard of a family who would say to their children as they left home every day, “Remember who you are and to whom you belong!”
What a great reminder!
If you are a believer. He is.
I’ve read so much mentioning of this movie and none of it’s positive.
Would I sit there and watch the movie with my pastor? Right, would I watch it with Jesus? Oh. Hmm. Everything I watch, I watch it with Jesus.
Kathryn Freitas says
I would like to recommend the movie Old Fashioned. You will have to search for it because it is not playing everywhere. It opened on St. Valentine’s Day as a Christian alternative to Fifty Shades of Grey. I saw it with my sister and two of my teenage daughters in Lubbock. I am considering taking my teenage son to see the movie, but it is not showing in Dallas proper. I will have to search for where it is playing near here. I am hoping that it will be released on DVD.
Lyndsay Lambert says
I am glad you mentioned “Old Fashioned.” Tim and I went to see it this past weekend and really enjoyed it! I had not heard of it, so we were not sure about what to expect, but being proponants of “courtship,” we decided to take the risk and check it out. We were glad we did!
Even Tim, who is usually not a fan of “chick flicks,” was pleasantly surprised. Yes, we both also recommend it!