Well, I’m excited to announce the most anticipated Valentine’s Day Box Office Hit in recent history, “Fifty Shades of Grey.” [sarcasm] This movie has been the talk of the town. I mean, from the “Today’s Talk” with the giddy Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb to all the major national and local news and radio outlets.
We have to ask ourselves, do we really need fifty extra shades of evil to be devoured by our minds only to be seared there for years to come? How does this play-out with our husbands anyway? Do we really need ANOTHER fifty ways to pollute our hearts? I seem to be doing a pretty good job just living my life everyday and looking around. I seem to manage just fine – running errands all day long interacting with people, words, billboards, and other images I happen to encounter on any given day. I’m doing just fine receiving all the filth by flipping on the TV just to watch the news – or God forbid – watch a “family” football game. You see, no matter what I do – there are millions of shades of evil out there that are attempting to blacken (not just grey~), not only our own hearts and souls but those of our very own children.
Listen, I have to be honest, I haven’t read the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy but I have read the book description when my Kindle somehow came to the conclusion it was a “Recommended Read” for me, three years ago. (???) I think it was because I read, The Hunger Games… And since all the hype about the movie – I started to educate myself so I could write an article about this new phenomenon that is causing women all over the world to drool in anticipation of the Valentine Day Release. Some pundits have even given this trilogy of books, the unbecoming title, “Mommy Porn.” The Super Bowl commercial line-up even enlightened us with a tease as it played the trailer. I have to admit, ladies, my flesh said, “ooh.” But then I was like, “Wha? What just happened?” It was like I was “coming-to” from a drunken stupor.
I read an article from the Washington Examiner moments ago that said that the leading actress, Dakota Johnson, told a national TV audience that it’s so racy that she won’t let her parents watch. In an earlier preview of the sex-filled film for a Today show audience, the daughter of actor Don Johnson and actress Melanie Griffith nervously said, “I don’t want my parents to see it.” When asked who could, Johnson said, “maybe my friends, maybe my sisters.” OOOkayyyyy, – so, let me get this straight, there is this little voice inside you saying, “Aaah, I’m pretty sure this is wrong and nasty and I sorta don’t want my mom and dad seeing me do it.” Darn that voice! It always tries to keep us from having fun. eerrk.
I read a Christian blogger the other day encouraging Christian women to avoid this movie in an attempt to honor God, themselves, and their husbands. I thought it was a good article. But oh my goodness. That poor girl was attacked mercilessly!! And by other Christian women who absolutely loved the books and look forward to the movie. I felt my spurs come up in her defense and though I did not know the blogger personally, I agreed with her 200%. (Can you agree with someone that much?) Anyway – she was ripped to shreds, people! Christian women were calling her a Pharisee and a hypocrite. She was scolded for “judging.” The “not to judge comment” – always comes from those who are really screwing up. You’ll often hear them quote scripture, “Jesus said, ‘Do not judge.'” This is probably the most convenient and misused quote in the entire bible. Clearly, if we read the whole bible and within context – we will see, it is a book FULL of judgement and forgiveness! Jesus said, “First remove the log from your OWN eye BEFORE you remove the speck of wood from the other person’s.” Okay – so let me confess something to you guys. I used to roll in the mud as a younger person. I mean I loved that pig pen! BUT oneday, I heeded to God’s words (it’s that darn voice again), saying, “Kimberly, you are my temple; a holy vessel. Put away all these things.” So, it was then, that I removed that particular log from my own eye.
Therefore, I feel totally okay to judge you – GET THAT SPECK OF WOOD OUT OF YOUR EYE (or I’ll take it out myself – as any mother would say)!!!
- If you want your marriage to become weird – then by all means…watch the movie.
- If you feel lonely in your marriage and think watching this movie will tranform your husband – then by all means….watch the movie.
- If you think allowing those racy images of perverted sex into your mind will not affect your spiritual health – then by all means…watch the movie
- If you think watching this movie with your husband (on Valentine’s Day or anytime) and think this will not entice him to seek out further images on the internet and so forth – then by all means…watch the movie.
- If you think watching this movie will in no way affect your personal relationship and communication with Jesus Christ – then by all means…watch the movie.
One of my favorite scriptures to ponder these days is “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:23-27 These scriptures are rehearsed out of my mouth over and over to my boys almost daily; like when we walk into the mall near the movie theater and are bombarded (and I mean bombarded) with billboard sized images of nearly naked women from the windows of Victoria Secret. Guarding and focusing our eyes straight ahead is not natural to our flesh, evidently. God tells us, therefore, to commit then, to guarding our hearts, keeping our mouths from perversity, corrupt talk, eyes from looking at inappropriate things, and thereby using our feet to run from evil.
I have witnessed many times in my own life, good men and women fall so deep into sexual sin that it seemed impossible they would ever be able to climb back out. So why do we want to entertain these things, people, images, and music that could drag our minds into that dark abyss that leads to captivity? The end result is so costly! First, it will prove destructive in our fellowship with Christ, our spouse, children, family, friends, and even the entire church body.
To sum up – I’ve already figured out how “low” I can go. Maybe some of you haven’t. I fully understand that if God had not lifted me up when He did, my life would be a complete mess. We should all understand the truth of our depravity. Because of this knowledge, I am fully armored from head to toe. I stand guard at the entrance to my heart. I stand as a watchman on the tower of my mind. And as long as I have breath – I will do everything in my power to keep shoveling the poop pile out of my thoughts that are constantly being poured in through my eyes and my ears without my permission. Ladies, we need to stand for righteousness!! Stand firm!
“Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body,but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
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What am I up to?
- Trinity Methodist Church, Homewood, AL
- Faith Baptist Church, Trinity, AL
- Eddy Antiques & Interiors, Decatur, AL – March 21
Connecting Women Conference: (Owensboro, KY) – November
- Writing devotional on being “Fearless” for all participants
- Visit ConnectingConference.com to register!