I don’t usually post about current happenings in our nation, but this time I can’t seem to stay silent. I must speak out against Fifty Shades of Grey, one of the most harmful things that is dragging millions along with its current and leading them swiftly towards destruction.
“In a society that downplays the evil of evil, and even glamorizes it, we need to be regularly reminded of the danger of sin. Like a child that discovers a needle on the street and thinks it’s a toy, we can be dangerously naïve about what’s happening in our American entertainment.” – Marshall Segal
Please, I beg you, do not cause lifelong damage to yourself. Do not harm your spouse or future spouse. Do not support the violence or the BDSM culture. Do not make light of sin.
“Sin that looks and feels like pleasure is only a poor shadow of something much more intense and satisfying.” – John Piper
Others have written more eloquently – and more in depth – than I can right now, so I’ve compiled some of the most compelling articles about the horror of this movie (of course, it all applies to the books as well). I hope you’ll take time to read, pray, and share at least one or two of them!
“The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.” – Ecclesiastes 9:17-18
This is why I will continue to speak up about God’s truth and His way of living, even when the world around us keeps clamoring after wickedness. If one sinner’s voice makes a difference – then one voice speaking eternal wisdom can make an eternal difference.
The Desensitization of Grey –
“When it comes to desensitization to moral perversion resulting in cultural disintegration, the release of the movie Fifty Shades may be more destructive than ISIS. Why? Because at least we are still on our guard fighting against ISIS at some level. But on many fronts, we quit fighting against sin in the sexual realm….
To data-ize the argument, the United States spends $640 billion a year to defend its citizens against evil aggressors intruding on our territory. That’s more than the next eight countries spend combined.
And how much do we spend protecting ourselves from intruders who are hell-bent on turning white into grey by mixing black into the sexual fiber of our people?”
Fifty Shades of Grey: a Dangerous Distortion of God’s Design –
“Part of what makes Fifty Shades of Grey so dangerous is that it twists and distorts God’s design and intentions for sex. Often we fail to understand that the most magnificent gifts of God, taken outside their God-intended boundaries, become utterly ruinous.
Think about two of the most powerful things God has created: fire and water. What would we do without them? But have you ever seen water out of control? Flood, tidal waves, and tsunamis are devastating. Have you ever seen fire out of control—a forest fire or a house burning to the ground? Have you seen somebody’s body covered with burns? It is absolutely horrific. So it is with sex. Its potential for great good has a flip side—potential for great evil.”
Fifty Shades of Shame – the Evolution of Pornography –
“Going to see Fifty Shades of Grey, or reading the book series, is an exercise in pornographic intent and effect. It is also an act of defiance against the goodness of the gift of sex as granted to humanity by God. Furthermore, the series is an assault upon the dignity of every human being.
The loss of shame in modern society is championed as a sign of cultural progress in many circles and as a step forward in mental health by many therapists. More than anything else, however, it points to the depth of the confusion that inevitably accompanies the corruption of God’s gifts.”
Fifty Shades of Nay: Sin is a Needle, Not a Toy –
“There’s no question, when we indulge the desires of our flesh, we will feel some kind of sensation and even pleasure. Sin wouldn’t have any power over us if we didn’t. The promise we’re forgetting or rejecting, though, is that the thimble of pleasure we receive in sin is short and pathetic compared with the ocean of pleasure we will have in God’s presence….
“We are sinful not because we’re victims of darkness, but because we’re lovers of darkness.” One way to oppose God’s saving work in your life is to cultivate a love for darkness. If you find sin entertaining or enjoy that which suggests sin is good and pleasing, you will find yourself — either subtly and secretly or boldly and publically — loving darkness. And a love for darkness cannot and will not live in the light…
Sin is a needle that indulges deadly addictions and murders its victims. It is not the toy it pretends to be. It pierces quietly and deeply to the most vulnerable and longest-lasting parts of us. In whatever package — however beautiful, captivating, and culturally accepted — it is not safe. In the end, the guilty pleasure is no pleasure at all. Only God can please what our eyes and hearts truly crave.”
Another great article – and a graphic that’s worth going viral!
“Some movies do not deserve sophisticated analysis. They deserve sober repudiation. If the church cannot extend grace to sexual sinners, we’ve lost the heart of the gospel. And if we cannot tell people to stay away from 50 Shades of Grey, we’ve lost our minds.” – Kevin DeYoung
What else can you do to proactively speak out against this movie?
- Moody Publishers is offering a trade-up: “Women from around the world are invited to mail us their copy of Fifty Shades of Grey. In exchange, we will mail you a copy of Pulling Back the Shades for free! This book addresses God’s design for intimacy, and shows why erotica is exploiting women’s longings rather than satisfying them. We openly address questions women are unsure where to go for answers, and talk about how you can be a sexual and spiritual woman.” (more details here)
- Donate $50 to a domestic abuse shelter, instead of paying for a movie ticket.
- Sign up for the 30-day Husband Encouragement Challenge, and make a fresh commitment to love your husband, more than your romanticized version of the “ideal” man (Christian Grey or otherwise).
- Share one of these articles on your social media page.
- Commit to having a serious conversation with a friend who may be planning to watch the movie (or read the books).
- Pray your heart out for Christians to stand up and speak out against wickedness.
“Christ Jesus is the strong man your heart desires. Christian Grey is a cheap substitute for the strong, loving leader you were designed for.” – Paula Hendricks