Wednesday, July 11, 2012
50 Shades... and Magic Mike--- what is this world coming to?
I've had something on my mind for awhile now... and I read a blog this morning, one that I completely agree with - so it sparked me to really write about this. I really would like to see a change.
This year a book trilogy was released, women flocked to the book stores to buy it- then just a few weeks ago a movie was released, again women flocked to it.
I am not advertising for either of these at all. I am actually telling you to keep away from it. I want that to be loud and clear.
I have not read or seen either of these, I have heard about them, and I have read the descriptions(unfortunately) which has caused this post, because it has really struck something with me.
I am talking about the book series "50 Shades..." and then the move "Magic Mike" The book trilogy is basically porn for women to read, and the movie is about a male stripper. [ yes, I am saying these things on a Christian blog.]
Both descriptions have disgusted me--- and makes me really wonder what is happening to our society- to make it "OK" for women to begin reading, ranting and raving about a porn trilogy series... publicly on twitter, facebook, and getting their friends to begin reading it...
Christian women are also amongst the flocks running to get the next book of the trilogy, and that were/are lining up to go see the movie... this really bothered me.
I know I have seen numerous status updates from girls on facebook about them seeing it, everyone should should see it and everything....
I have Christian friends that have been reading/watching this smut. I've seen too many people suggesting it as a good read or a movie to watch... they love this stuff, they cant wait to buy the next book. they literally are obsessed with this. I question these women now. these are young women that I thought truly had a heart for God. and truly had 'their head on straight'... then they post that they saw that movie, read the books, I now am questioning them... I question where exactly they stand in their faith. I question if they know God. I question why they got sucked into that..... Just makes me wonder about them.
Seriously... I mean we are Christian women. yes we live in todays world. that does not mean that we have to read every single book out there, especially ones that are trying to break our faith!....We are to deny those things that are trying to separate us FROM God....
We need to reject these things.. we need to reject things that are not pleasing to our Heavenly Father.
We need to use our voices, instead of telling others about this temptation, use it to support what is True.
We are daughters of our Heavenly Father. we are to remain Set apart from the wicked . And dont tempt others with your temptation that you have fallen into....
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
This is sexual immorality. -- When you are sinning in this way - watching/ reading this smut, then not only are you tempting/hurting others, you are also hurting yourself. maybe not physically, but, spiritually.
Spiritually the devil is distancing you from God.
FLEE from it... he didnt say - eh, you can read it, watch it... you'll be alright... no, He said to FLEE from it...RUN... Toss it, whatever, get away from it. Get away from sexual immorality.... Yes, pornography is sexual immorality.
The enemy is out there lurking-- he wants to use things that will get you to break down your faith. he doesnt want you to have a good relationship with the Heavenly Father.
God tells us to be careful out there...
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
If it takes a book, a movie, music... he is out there lurking and looking for someone to devour. and he will use whatever he can.
God says to be on alert..... to watch out... to watch out for everything that you do/say/read/listen to, whatever.
One of my favorite passages is this...
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-9
-- Just because everone else is reading it, does NOT mean that you have to read it too... We are to be holy and pleasing to God- this is how we worship Him. We are not to just 'go along with the flow.' we are different that 'the world' we are christians. We follow Christ's example...
Is reading that smut Christian example?
What about that song that you sing all that time? is that Christ's example?
When you talk in profanity- are you following Christ's example?
What about the TV shows you watch? Is that what Christ has set before us?
Or that movie- do you think God really put that here to show us His example?
We are to follow Christ. and we are to be Set apart from others.
For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. 1 John 2:16
Learn to say "No"-- Learn to tell others "I'd rather read something good for my spirit" Just because someone asks you if you want something, or tells you to read something, or asks you to go watch a movie, doesnt mean you have to say 'yes.'- learn to say no... when they ask you why- that is when you tell them that is not Christ's example...
(these are my thoughts on these things.)
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” Matthew 6:22-23
You see that?--- what you put in, is what you put out...
what are you putting in front of your eyes??? think about it. Is it pleasing to God?
Now, I know I am focusing on these two things-- but honestly it's with everything that we do - we have to watch out for what we have turned on the radio... many songs out there these days-- are about sex, drunkenness, cursing,drugs.... just think about what you are putting in.
I can really say--- Awaken your Spirit!!!... don't succomb to the ways of the world. really stand up for what you believe in, THINK about what you are putting in your head!-- and think about what God has instructed us.... we are to avoid those things.
If your faith is all about pleasing other and being accepted by others- then your faith is in trouble. God loves you no matter what, but if you believe that God your Heavenly father loves you and wants the best for you, out of respect and out of love for Him, then do your best to live a life that honors Him.