Pondering Culture – 50 Shades of Grey
There, I said it. My reasons are thus: Not only has the book become a cultural phenomenon but the movie promises to be as well – at least if advertising has anything to do with it. But more than that I want to see it because it appeals to what the Bible refers to as my “flesh”. My sinful nature craves to see what this movie is all about – sex. Yes, even a 56 year old man, who happens to be a pastor, thinks about sex…often.
So I really want to go see 50 Shades of Grey.
But I dare not! And I dare not read the book either. There is enough sexploitation in our culture that is unavoidable. This is something that I can avoid. I do not need the images that this movie will impress upon my brain – which I have realized has a photographic memory when it comes to such things. I can’t remember names or history lessons or Bible verses but unfortunately I can’t not remember sex scenes that were planted in my head as much as 40 years ago.
I am not a prude. I promise you that. But I will unashamedly say to you if you are thinking about going to see this movie that…
- It will not be good for your spiritual life
- It will not be good for your marriage (if you are married)
- It will not be good for your marriage (if you are not yet married)
- It will not be good for your sex life
- It will NOT be good for you.
So while I want to go see this movie, I dare not! And I dare you not to as well.
Here are a few blogs I have come across that may help you think through these things for yourself.