This past weekend "Fifty Shades of Grey" was released in theaters and generated over $80 million dollars on opening day. The number is big, the concern many Christian conservatives have expressed is evident and necessary but I don't think we are paying enough attention to the real issue behind of it all.
As Christians, we are called to love people, without any conditions, we must love. But when movies like this come out and we realize that they are quickly embraced as art, and the "it's only a movie" cliche, we tend to get so aggravated. Many "christians" end up hating those who we are supposed to love. I am not saying we should accept it, but we at least should be willing to explain in love with grace without compromising the truth. And i get it, the main frustration is when those who are supposed to know the truth, and be light, deny the conflict between movies like this and faith in Christ. A follower of Jesus, a true follower of Jesus, will know that something is wrong the moment abuse, sex outside of marriage, and lust are promoted.
Compare the $80 million this movie made on opening day weekend with this:
“Pornography has grown into a $10 billion business — bigger than the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball combined — and some of the nation's best-known corporations are quietly sharing the profits." (ABC News).
Ten thousand millions versus Grey's $80.
Let me ask again, where is the real issue?
Ephesians 6:12 says:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
The real battle begins inside our hearts every day. The way culture has moved away from Godly morals is the result of "cold christian hearts" that lost their passion for Jesus, His word, and the local Church. How do we fight? We begin by giving our lives to Jesus, and letting the Spirit guide our daily lives. More than trying to stay away from evil, we need to stay closer to Jesus.
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. 12Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. 14For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
So I say, let's live by the Spirit! The battle begins within, inside, hearts, homes, and spreads out from there.