Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes a movie that has captured the attention and salacious desires of our culture. “50 Shades of Grey” is the film adaptation of the bestselling book of the same title. It is really nothing more than 50 shades of sin. No matter how a Christian might review, critique, slice or dice it; it is a celebration of sin. Have I read it or seen it, nope. Do I need to in order be fair and reasonable about my opinion, nope. From a mile away I can see what it is all about and the Bible tells me to stay that mile away (1 Cor. 6:18; 2 Tim. 2:22; Matt. 5:28).
This from Kevin DeYoung, pastor and blogger, “There is nothing gray about whether a follower of Christ should see 50 Shades of Grey. This is a black and white issue. Don’t go. Don’t watch it. Don’t read it. Don’t rent it. Some movies do not deserve sophisticated analysis. They deserve sober repudiation. If the church cannot extend grace to sexual sinners, we’ve lost the heart of the gospel. And if we cannot tell people to stay away from 50 Shades of Grey, we’ve lost our minds.” (full article here)
Why even write about this? Why the fuss? Because many who profess to be followers of Christ will go see this. It’s art they may well protest. It’s the conversation everyone else is having and if we are going to be reaching our community we need to be in the conversation. No, we don’t; not this one anyway. In fact, I would argue the opposite is closer to the truth. The fact that we do not go will go farther in our witness than if we do.
Holiness is to be desired more than relevance. Truth is biblical holiness will accomplish everything being relevant is supposed to accomplish and will leave our testimony pure. Remember Jesus’ warning from Matthew 5:13, ” “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” Yes, the next verse says we must be a light, but we must first be salt in order to be the light Jesus wants us to be.
Our light has no shades of gray. It is to be a holy light. Yes, we are imperfect (by a long shot!) but the world needs to see the difference a living Savior can make more than how cool or “with it” we can be as Christians. There are times and places for being “with it” and in “conversations” this is one that will better had from 50 miles away.