Fifty Shades of Trash
I’ve heard that a lot of people who call themselves Christians are spending their entertainment money going to see the movie “Fifty Shades of Gray.” My question is: why? Why? Why?
I picked this photo out because of it’s title – “Trash in Paradise.” Beautiful island setting with aqua seas in the background. But how can you even see it for the trash?
That’s kind of what happens when we fill our minds and spirits with things we shouldn’t see. Let’s talk about it.
Are you nuts? Why would you pollute your mind and your spirit with that garbage that is obviously satanic-inspired?
Has the world gone completely mad? What part of “come out and be separate from unbelievers” (II Corinthians 6:17, quoted from Isaiah 52:11and Ezekiel 20:34) do Christians not understand? What Paul is talking about here is Romans 12:2 in New Living Translation (NLT). “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
There’s a saying, and it bears repeating. “Garbage in, garbage out.” Even Jesus said by their fruits you’ll know them. What do people see when they look at you? Are you compromised? Maybe this is why there are so few miracles, signs, and wonders in the world.
About twenty years ago, there was a big push to keep violent video games out of children’s hands. Why? Because the line between fantasy and reality gets blurred as we continue to expose ourselves to things from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
We get de-sensitized, whether we’re two, twenty, or seventy. Adults need to watch what they bring in to their spirits.
It’s like the frog in the pot when the heat is turned up so slowly he finally boils to death because he didn’t realize that each minute he stayed in the pot, the hotter it became, until finally, he burned, he boiled, and he died.
This is a picture of spiritual compromise which can lead to spiritual death.
I’ve made it a point not to watch anything above a PG rating, because I’ve had myself seared from watching a few R-rated movies when I was younger. I repented and God healed my memories. The only R-rated movie I’ve watched in thirty years was “The Passion of the Christ.” I cried all the way through it. I couldn’t understand how people could go see the violence against Jesus over and over and over again. People I know went to see it as many as a dozen times. I barely made it through once. It hurt. I cried for a week, actually, broken in spirit, but absolutely in love with my Savior – so grateful He died for me.
I heard a story once from a prophet who has now gone on to be with the Lord. A pastor called him one day and asked him a question.
“Why can my son see angels and I can’t?”
The prophetic minister told the pastor to have his son ask an angel the next time he saw one.
Here was the angel’s reply: “Because he has seen too much evil.” Eek.
People may ask why the world is in such a state. Because the anti-christ spirit, which is the enemy of men’s souls knows his time is short and is trying to take as many people with him to hell as possible. Jesus said numerous times that even we believers have to be careful not to be deceived. The more evil we watch on television or in the movie theater, the more evil begins to sear our souls. We’ll end up like the frog.
My former pastor had a great way to gauge whether or not you should watch something on television or a movie. And this pastor loved action movies, but he knew he had to be careful what he watched. I once heard him say this:
“Watch as if Jesus is sitting on the couch right next to you.”
If you’re at a movie theater, Jesus is sitting in the seat over.
I believe the Holy Spirit is extremely grieved when we pollute ourselves with what we watch. We hurt God the same way Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden. When they ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, they polluted their souls and their spirits with understanding that could only come from the enemy of their souls, the devil.
Boycott Fifty Shades of Gray. Do not spend your money on it.
Go to “McFarland” instead. It’s a great Disney movie with a wonderful and inspiring story based on true events.
What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know.
Excellent post, Donna! Fifty Shades of Grey is especially insidious because it promotes evil, debasing treatment of women! And isn’t Satan clever to package his lies in movies which are appealing to the eyes? Christians need not only to avoid evil but to be lighthouses of all that is good, wholesome, pure and reputable. I too avoid R rated movies & many times PG-13 rated movies as well because of their insidious promotion of gratuitous sex between unmarried persons devoid of commitment or true unselfish love. Hollywood seems to think everyone should be brought down to their level of gutter-style living. Scenes such as women visiting bars & dance clubs are made commonplace on the Hollywood landscape. My husband & I often discuss the fallacies that Hollywood promotes. Most decent people NEVER visit strip clubs! Even most non-Christians don’t indulge in this disgusting practice. And women who go to visit bars are most likely alcoholics with very unhappy lives who destroy themselves early in life. I had a wonderful cousin who went down this path. She developed cirrhosis of the liver and passed away at the very young age of 46. Praise the Lord though the last 4 years of her life she had repented of her sins & was living a sober lifestyle. Sadly, though, her relationship with her young children was completely severed and never restored when she left her husband and ended up living on the streets for many years. It’s these kinds of stories that are far closer to life’s ugly realities. Maybe if we had some movies which showed the shocking degradation of sin, people would realize this isn’t the path they should be going down. Thanks for sharing, Donna!
Thanks so much for your comment. We, as the Body of Christ sometimes really need a wake-up call. As soon as I get a padded envelope the size of your Max Lucado book, I’ll send it! 🙂 In the next few days, I hope. Depending on the weather. We’re still getting snow and ice here. We’re all so tired of it already. We can’t wait for spring! 🙂 Thanks again.
Great post, Donna! I find it absolutely appalling at the number of people, who say they are Christian, and expose themselves to such garbage as the movie and/or book of Fifty Shades of Grey or the Twilight or Harry Potter series. It’s even more appalling when they try to justify it by claiming there are redemptive qualities in that garbage.
The Bible is so clear on being careful about what we expose ourselves to and on guarding our hearts.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
“In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them.”
The Bible also directs us as to what we should focus on.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.”
Of course, none of us is perfect, but we, true believers (Christians), are called to be Christlike and we cannot be Christlike when we fill our minds, souls and spirits with all kinds of evil. We need to be on our guard, especially since so many evil things creep in very subtly, although, in today’s world, I believe the evil is becoming more blatantly obvious.
Thanks Kelly. I appreciate your comments. It amazes me the deception many Christians are falling for. Thanks again. I’m glad spring is on way. 🙂