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Celebrating Love? Posted 2.13.2015

“Fifty Shades of Grey” opened just in time for Valentine’s Day. I only know about it from a few reviews I have read. That has been enough for me to figure out that the movie will be filled with graphic sexual acts.  I came across the following thoughts from Heath Lambert, from the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.  He makes some good points.  I have edited his words for space.


There is a great deal of irony that such a movie will be released on a weekend when so many will be focused on a celebration of love. The irony is that the Bible is clear that sexual immorality is a demonstration of hatred, rather than love (Eph 5:1-3; 1 Thes 4:1-6). The kind of sexual immorality that will be depicted in Fifty Shades hurts people, literally. 


Our biblical call is to love and to fight against lust. I wanted to share three quick thoughts as a follower of Jesus.  


Matthew 5:28: “Everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”


This text means that you should not watch Fifty Shades of Grey. Please. Don’t watch it. We all know that this movie will be filled with the kinds of images that will lead you to disobey Jesus. No amount of curiosity, no desire to see “art”, no interest in the actors, and no pressure to accompany your friends is worth disobeying Jesus.


Matthew 5:29, 30: “If your right eyes cause you to sin, tear it out and throw it away . . . If your right hand cause you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.”


For some, not watching Fifty Shades of Grey will be a difficult and costly fight. Maybe you’re curious about all the hype.  Perhaps you read the book, enjoyed it, and want to see it on the screen. You could have friends pressuring you to go. It’s possible that you’re tempted to indulge lust. Those struggles and a half dozen more might have you trying to figure out how to quietly see this movie. If that’s you, Jesus does not just give you a command. He gives you a strategy. Jesus commands you to get aggressive. He urges you to remove—even amputate—the source of temptation. There would be many ways for you to do this. Here’s one: tell a Christian you trust about your temptation and ask for help. This might feel uncomfortable (so is cutting off your hand), but Jesus is clear that you will not obey Him without being aggressive. 


Matthew 5:29, 30: “It is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.”


This means that—over time—an aggressive fight against lust rather than repeated giving in to lust characterizes a Christian. It means that if you’re repeatedly giving yourself over to lust you are in trouble. With all my heart I do not want this for you. Please, if you’re trying to find a way to see Fifty Shades then now is the time to fight.


Love is not celebrated with a movie that will use graphic sex to portray hate and lead many astray.


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Clyda Carter wrote...
2/13/15 4:12pm
AMEN!!! Thanks Jim for your words......


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