Taking Children to See 50 Shades
Oh, I knew I would get your attention with that title! Hold on for a minute, and I’ll get back to that thought.
Although there is much talk about the film 50 Shades of Grey, know that this momma has no intention of taking her children to see it, let alone placing myself before the big screen and its vile content.
But I must make a confession: I don’t know what about the novel’s film adaption makes it vile. I have not investigated it, and, for that, you may find me ignorantly opinionated. I’m okay with that! I have not read the first review or blog post that explains why Christians should not see the film. I honestly want no understanding of what the scenes entail, because, at that point, my visual mind will create the movie for me.
Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come! If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. it is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell (Matthew 18:7-9).
Here’s my point: Jesus Christ suffered and died for us to live a life free from condemnation and the deserving punishment for sin. His passion was our purity- to be totally cleansed and free to stand before holy God without guilt. What an amazing gift! And, Jesus resurrected from the grave, returned to the right hand of the Father in heaven, and gave believers power- the Holy Spirit. We are free from entanglement of sin because the Holy Spirit empowers us to deny the lusts of the flesh.
However, some insist on excusing themselves from the Christ-honoring lifestyle of purity. They reason their maturity enables them A) handle the content of the film, B) watch it and not repeat it, and C) get informed so they can address those who also see the film and have questions.
Yet, when we get to the heart of the issue, the content we choose to take in is of evil intent, and it would be better to gouge out the eyes and keep the heart free from corruption than to enter hell with both eyes!
Think on this: would you show 50 Shades of Grey to an audience of children? Does that sound like a sick suggestion? Why? What if the film’s actors were children? Even sicker?
I know what you’re thinking… “Children are innocent! They should not be subjected to that material!”
Yet, the Father in heaven says the same to you, Christ-follower. “My child, I have given you rebirth into a life of innocence. To see you in front of that film affects Me the same as it would you if you saw children watching it. So keep your conscience clear before Me. My words are strong, but they are true: ‘Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven'” (Matthew 18:3).
Dear friend, Jesus’ blood poured out for your innocence. Live your life proving you honor the greatest sacrifice man will ever know. Protect your innocence. Be careful with what you allow your eyes to see, and, in everything, keep your conscience clear before God.