Over the last couple days, I have seen countless advertisements online for the new movie “50 Shades Darker”. I have not read any of the books in the 50 Shades of Grey series, nor do I intend to. Needless to say, I will not be watching any of the movies either, and here are 4 reasons why.
1. It’s smut
I don’t have to read the books to know what they’re about. A quick glance at reviews and synopses will suffice. It is abundantly clear that the contents of the series are very sexual in nature. As Christians, we should be extremely selective with the type of information we allow to enter our brains, including books that we read. Because…
2. Flirting with Temptation
The Bible tells us to take each thought captive. We should be keeping our thoughts pure. It’s a bit tricky to do that when you’re reading (or watching) erotica. While reading an erotic novel may not constitute as porn, it’s certainly flirting with the line. It is extremely difficult to keep our thoughts pure when we’re reading that type of literature. The Bible also tells us to flee from temptation, not get as close as possible to sin.
3. The movies are basically porn
Again, I have not watched the movies, but I have friends who have and they have told me there are graphic sex scenes. For me, as a Christian, to watch something like that, would be sinful. I will take my friends at their word. If they say there are sex scenes in the movies, I will believe them. Not to mention, the movie is rated R for graphic nudity and sexual content.
4. Normalizing Unhealthy Sexual Behavior
Lastly, as Christians, we believe that God designed sex. It is a good thing meant to be enjoyed by a husband and a wife. Sex should not hurt. It shouldn’t make us uncomfortable. It shouldn’t be an obligation. Everyone I know who has read the series has said the relationship between the two main characters is extremely unhealthy. Even a fairly objective review says the sexual relationship between the main characters “pushes boundaries”. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume the characters in the story don’t adhere to God’s definition of sex and marriage. And again, I have no intention of finding out if my assumption is true or not, because I will not read the books nor watch the movies.
So, just a quick thought for today. I hope that Christians are not patronizing the 50 Shades franchise with their time or their dollar. I don’t believe these books and movies are in ANYWAY beneficial to us as believers, as a matter of fact, I think they’d have the opposite effect.
Thanks for reading. God bless