With all this talk among Christians about whether it’s right to read books like Shades of Grey, I just gotta say something…
I was in a theater many years ago, and the movie I went to see opened up with a pretty lucid sex scene. I thought, “Well I’ll just look away for this part, that’s the right thing to do, and maybe the rest of the movie will get better.” Then just 15 minutes in “Boom!” naked flesh starts flashing across the screen again, so I turned away.
But it wasn’t just fornication going on, the movie was pretty much based on jealousy, vengeance, and murder. In fact it would be fair to say that every lust of the flesh was represented somewhere in this film.
Then all of a sudden I heard the voice of Christ from within my heart, He asked me a question. He said, “Why are you allowing yourself to be entertained by the very things that put me on the cross?” It was like a bomb went off in my chest! Needless to say I immediately got up and left the theater. I didn’t even attempt to get a refund, I just left. You see my purity was worth more than a lousy 12 dollars. I chose to pursue excellence in what was good, and stay innocent of evil.
Now what I love about Jesus, is that I never sensed any condemnation in His tone when He spoke to my heart, only love and compassion. His goodness led me to repent (to re-think) my choice of entertainment.
So if you call yourself a follower of Christ I really don’t think it’s that complicated or unclear. The question is simple, “Are you going to allow yourself to entertained by the very things that put Jesus on the cross?”
“Now the deeds of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, rivalry, jealously, outbursts of anger, quarrels, conflicts, factions, envy, murder, drunkenness, wild partying, and things like that.
I (Paul) am telling you now, as I have told you in the past, that people who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. Now those who belong to the Jesus have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us also be guided.” (Galatians 5:19-25)
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