Much has been said about the movie and people have different opinions about it. People, Christian or Non-Christian are on both sides of the argument. I maybe late, but I felt the need to give my piece not to everyone but to my fellow Christians.
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, to everyone who call themselves followers of Jesus, fellow disciples and Bible-believing citizens:
I am writing this as a brother who cares and is concerned about you, your relationship with God and the great calling God has for you. I’m doing this as a Christian who wants to speak, in this case, write the truth in love. Second, as a youth pastor who believes so much on young people. I believe that God has a great plan for them, they will be the future leaders and the values being formed in their young minds will become the values of society five years from now.
First, if we can have time to read the book and spend more than an hour to watch the movie, is it safe to assume that we also have time to read the Bible? I do read books. I love reading books and I spend money to buy books. Sometimes, I get to spend more money in buying books than in buying clothes. I advocate reading books. But as Christians, I think there is a problem if we can spend a great deal of time reading fictional books and other books and yet we find it hard to pick up our Bible and read it. And if you don’t have a Bible yet, I think it’s a great idea if you save the money you’re going to spend to watch the movie and buy a Bible. I know I don’t have the right to tell you where to spend your money but Jesus has. Jesus is your Lord isn’t it?
If we let books influence us, isn’t it that we are to let the Bible influence us first and let it become a strainer of other opinions and philosophies? If Jesus is Lord, the Bible should be the final authority in our lives.
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…”
We are to feed ourselves with God’s word. Jesus himself said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
Let us be like Job who said, “I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.” (Job 23:12)
Let us also consider what the psalmist said. “With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart,that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:10-11)
Second, as I have said, I love reading books. I also watch movies. I may not be an artist but I know how to appreciate art. I am not advocating, “don’t-watch-movies-because-it’s-sinful” or “don’t-read-fictional-books-because-those-are-demonic”. I’m not also saying that just because you’ve watched the movie, you are insane and you might imitate those acts. I’ve watched movies on terrorism, murder, robbery or even rape but those movies would show that those acts are not okay and they are being countered as portrayed in those movies. But 50 Shades of Grey is different. I haven’t watched the movie nor read the book but thanks to Wikipedia and IMDB. The movie and the book portrayed that sexual immorality, pre-marital sex and a sex practice called BDSM (bondage, domination, sadism and masochism) are okay. I would never see a movie that portrays women as slaves and degrades their value as an entertainment. As Christians, we are supposed to be grieved. You don’t want that to happen to you and you don’t want that to happen to your sister and your loved ones. Do you? Watching the movie is like saying, “That’s okay.” You might also want to read this from Jarrid Wilson.
Third, it was rated R-18 by the MTRCB. This means that if you are aged 18 and below, you can’t watch it in the movie house and you are not supposed to watch it in DVD or downloaded copies. To the older people, younger people look up to us and they are being influenced by us. Let us set an example. To the parents, what if your children would want to watch it and you prohibit them to do so and they would answer you back with a question, “You’ve watched it. Why can’t I?” What will you say? Think about it! And consider what my friend Perci said, “Try putting a story on Pornography and its already like 50 Shades…” and read this blog.
Lastly, yes you don’t become evil or sinful by merely watching the movie or reading the book. I agree with you! Because the truth is, you are already evil before even watching or reading it. You are evil. I am evil. We are all sinful and impure apart from Jesus Christ. I didn’t become righteous by not watching or reading the book the same way as you did not become evil by reading it.
The Bible says that, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” (Psalm 51:5) We are sinful at birth. We are corrupted down to our roots and it’s only through Jesus Christ and His finished work that we have been made pure and righteous when we repent of our sins and believe the Gospel.
And now as Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, disciples, Bible-believing citizens who are not of this world, have been made righteous by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we are no longer slaves of sin but slaves of righteousness. We are called to live pure and holy lives! This is our calling. This is who we are.
Let us then consider these:
But among you there must not be even a hintof sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. (Ephesians 5:3) You might also want to read this blog from TGC.
Treat younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity. (1 Timothy 5:1-2)
2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. (1 Peter 4:2-4)
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)
2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.[b] The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8 Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 4:2-8)
Your fellow Christian,