God calls us to be holy as He is holy. The world cannot teach us how to please our husbands or honor God.
Three years ago, Fifty Shades of Grey would have been something I would have eagerly anticipated and enjoyed without shame. I was the person who enjoyed sin without guilt. If someone didn’t like what I did it was their problem and I absolutely could not care less. Without delving too personally into my past I will confess I found myself obsessing over my favorite movies and TV shows. Among them: True Blood, Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy and even Magic Mike.
All that changed in March 2012 when my life was dramatically transformed. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. As I look back I can’t help but be forever grateful for the few people who pushed back on how I lived. These people were loving, yet also bold and unwavering. They consistently taught me the ways of Christ and held me accountable for my lifestyle. They pleaded, rebuked, and corrected me despite the ugly backlashes they often received.
Not only have my views changed, but my actions have changed as well. I can recall trying to watch my once favorite show. I thought “It is just entertainment right? It didn’t have any effect on me.” But my blinders had been removed and my ears had been unclogged. Every time I heard the Lord’s name taken in vain or blasphemed, it felt like a punch in the face. My viewing choices were once purely entertainment but now they were messages; statements about what I honor and approve.
In many cases I felt the Lord speaking to my heart asking, “Did you hear what they said about Me?” I could not watch people defaming the God I loved. I could not watch graphic sexual content knowing it dishonored my Savior. I finally just had to stop watching the entertainment I once enjoyed. I now enjoy a closeness to God I would never have imagined.
You can’t un-see what you watch or erase thoughts and feelings that are the result of what you read. Our viewing choices are actually tools we give the devil to use for our destruction. I still battle with thoughts and recollections of the things I watched. My only hope has been a faithful God who rescues me daily. The more I fill myself with God’s word the more equipped I am to war against the thoughts of my own mind.
The world and its entertainment only brought me anxiety, depression, and desperation for love and attention. But the Lord has removed many addictions and harmful things from my life and replaced them with His grace, hope, and love. He replaced my brokenness and made me whole. He wants to do the same for every person He redeems. Our responsibility as those who are redeemed is to guard our heart even from the attack of entertainment.
As Christian women gear up for a night out to see Fifty Shades of Grey, I urge them to remember what is black and white. Christ died to redeem us from sin. God calls us to be holy as He is holy. The world cannot teach us how to please our husbands or honor God. The Lord blesses those who honor him, in all areas of their lives, even intimacy. Giving up sin in entertainment has given me a healthier, more fulfilling marriage. My marriage and family continue to grow as I keep God at the center of it. There is no movie hype worth jeopardizing that.
Scripture to reference:
Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad your body is full of darkness.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-9
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
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