Morning news anchors are extolling the merits and excitement about the opening of the film "50 Shades of Grey". A middle school parent in Pennsylvania complained when his child was handed a word puzzle based on words used in the erotic movie. The predated ticket sales indicate movie theaters all around the U.S. will be packed out. Unfortunately millions of those who attend the movie opening this weekend will also attend houses of worship this same weekend. I like to be known for what I am for more often than what I am against, but in this case I'm making an exception.
I know what some will ask, "Have you read the book? How can you be critical of something you haven't even read yourself?" I am against LSD even though I have never taken the drug. I am opposed to dog fighting even though I have never attended a fight or bet on a dog. There are things a person can stand adamantly against without ever having experienced them. I believe this is one such instance. There has been enough released about the movie through the media for me to know this is something that can not be beneficial to any person of faith.
Why is such "soft porn" so acceptable and even advocated as beneficial. When Elvis danced on TV he was not seen from the waist down by anyone who was not present in the studio. Now those same networks that would not televise his gyrating hips are promoting a movie about sadomasochism. Our society's moral standards are at new alarming lows. However, as followers of Christ we were never intended to be measured against the moral standards of the culture around us.
1 Peter 1:15-16 (NKJV)
15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,
16 because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy."
As God's steadfast holiness became increasingly higher than those of our culture, Christians began to feel the sting of being different. So somewhere in the not distant past, the accepted norm of morality in His church became just a step above that of the society around her. So as public morality descended, the church's standards were lowered so as to stay just above those of society. However God's standards did not change. This truth has made the gap between ourselves and our Holy God increasingly wide. Now the world can barely tell that we are different at all. A fact that I am afraid will be painfully evident in movie theaters this weekend.