Should You Watch "50 Shades of Grey"?

“If it doesn’t hurt anyone, then its not wrong.”

“You may struggle with it, but it’s not one of my struggles.”

“Whats good for you is good and whats good for me is good.”

There are few topics that I can preach, blog or speak on that draw reaction like sexual sin. For most people sexual sin is an incredibly touchy subject as we all know someone struggling with it. We all have friends and family who have gone down that road and more and more our reaction is not to intrude into their own personal preferences. 

If we are honest, many of you are dealing with sexual sin in some way shape or form. 

We have wrestled with homosexuality and the definition of the family. We have grown accustomed to the new and modern family. In the end we have become the frog in the pot who simply no longer realizes he’s being boiled. 

We as a culture are no longer offended by sexual sin. It is so prevalent before us that we no longer recognize it. In fact, some form of sexual sin is normal in most people’s lives. 

Next week the movie 50 Shades of Gray is hitting theaters on valentines day. The movie is based on a book which is a detailed pornographic novel written for women. 

I am going to step out on a limb here and say that it is a sin to watch this movie. 

GASP! Why? Watching this movie doesn’t hurt any one?!?!

This movie does far more damage than you realize. This is who it hurts…

1. You empower an industry of prostitution.  You are paying men and women to preform sexual acts on screen for your jollies. You are employing the new world of internet and film pornography. No matter how you frame it, by watching this movie you are paying to be sexually stimulated. You are complicit in modern prostitution. 

2. You are hurting your spouse. When you get married, (either now or in the future) a person becomes one flesh with their spouse. The bible teaches distinctly that lustful eyes are no different that adulterous actions. If you go and watch this movie you are inviting adultery into your marriage bed. 

3. You are  hurting your sex life. Pornography’s long lasting effect is that it numbs your desire for your spouse. The longer you look at pixalized nudity the less you will desire your spouse. It will kill your sex life. 

4. Ultimately you alienate yourself from God because your sin is against God.  When David committed adultery with Bathshebia, he penned the words of Psalm 51 “against You and You alone I have sinned.” Watching this movie is choosing to sin against God. 

Over and over in scripture we come to understand that sexual sin is sin against God, yourself, your spouse and and your sexual partner (whether literal or digitized). Christian friends, “How can we who died to sin still live in it?” “Put to death what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion and evil desire.” Do not enslave yourselves to the foolishness of pixelated prostitution, but instead live for Jesus. 

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