Just in case you don’t recognize either of those titles (which I would venture to guess only applies to those of you with out Facebook…), Fifty Shades of Grey is the first of a trilogy that has become very popular this summer and Magic Mike is a movie that came out recently (I think this past weekend).
Several months ago Michael and I were in a bookstore and I saw a display for Fifty Shades of Grey. At that point I knew nothing of the premise of the book/trilogy but I had heard/seen many people talking and posting about it so I mentioned to Michael that I thought this was going to be the hot book for the summer. Right as I picked it up to look at it Michael said he had heard that it was a pretty raunchy book and wouldn’t you know, the first thing I opened up to was a very steamy scene. Now, I’m an avid reader so I’ve come upon books in the past that have had a few scenes that are a bit too graphic in my opinion but they were just a small part of the overall story, and so I assumed that was the case with Fifty Shades of Grey. I put it back and went on but as the hype grew and grew I came to find out that this wasn’t your run of the mill romance novel, instead Fifty Shades of Grey is classified as an erotic novel. Some have dubbed this “female porn” or “mommy porn”. I decided I would not be reading these books, no matter how popular, and I have been incredibly shocked with how many of my friends have read them. This disturbs me and I’ve been wanting to address it but I didn’t really know what to say. Fortunately someone shared this article with me that does a great job expressing my thoughts and feelings. Please check this out:
Then a few weeks ago I start seeing all this stuff on Facebook and Pinterest about Magic Mike. I gathered that it was a movie but hadn’t heard of it, so I finally Googled it and watched the trailer. In case you are in the dark like I was, it’s a movie about male strippers. And many, many of my friends went to see it. On the heels of finding the Fifty Shades of Grey article I posted above, I also found this article called “Should Christian women see Magic Mike?“. I encourage you to click on the link and read the (very short) article, but the main thing I got out of the article is “Would you take Jesus with you to see Magic Mike?”. Definitely something to think about.
Before I go any further, I do need to say that I haven’t read the book or seen the movie, nor do I intend to, so I know that some are going to say that I’m not making a fair assessment, but think that God (via Paul) lays it out pretty clear in Galatians 5:19-21 when He says that immorality, impurity, and sensuality are deeds of the flesh and that those who practice these things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Both this book and this movie are designed to be sensual and it pains me to see my Christian sisters endorsing them.
Please take these verses into consideration and think twice about partaking in either of these activities.
“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” – Philippians 4:8
“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.” – 1 John 2:15-16
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2