Why Have Christians Made Such a Big Deal About 50 Shades?

Posted: February 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

Over the last month, specifically around Valentine’s Day, I couldn’t read through go through my home screen without seeing people with opinions about 50 Shades of Grey. This novel trilogy and recent blockbuster hit has been tagged by many as “mommy porn” and has caused quite the stir. In this brief blog post, I wanted to give 3 biblical reasons why Christians have rightly  made such a big deal about this movie.

1. It is classified as “Erotic Romantic” and includes sex scenes and graphic nudity.

  • This is a black and white issue in Scripture. A Christian is called to purity of eyes, heart, mind, and body. Viewing sex scenes and graphic nudity arouses lust in the viewer. Christians are called to not even have a hint of sexual immorality named among them (Eph. 5:3), but instead to think about and dwell on things that are good and true and beautiful (Phil. 4:8). Viewing the images in these types of movies and reading the storylines of erotic books has the same effect as viewing internet pornography. It treats other people made in God’s image as objects instead of as people with God-given dignity and value. It creates lustful intent outside of the marriage covenant. The Christian community has responded to this movie the way it has because of the harm it has on viewers.

2. It normalizes and celebrates sex outside of the confines of marriage.

  • God is not a prude. In fact, He is the one who thought up sex and gave it as a gift to humanity. But God’s design of sex is viewed as radical and repressive in our “enlightened,” sexually tolerant culture. Because of this, we must build our sexual ethics on God’s word instead of the culture. Scripture says that any sexual relationship that occurs outside of marriage (as defined as one man and one woman committed to one another for life) is sin. Sex is a gift from God to be enjoyed within the context of a covenant relationship that God has ordained. God’s standard is much higher than the standard of our national laws which only require the act to be consensual. Having consensual sex outside of marriage is legal by law, but sin in God’s eyes. This movie in particular (and many others like it, tv shows and song lyrics included) normalizes what the Bible calls sin and celebrates it as good and beautiful and right. But the Bible says that sexual immorality is wrong and is based on lies. It also says that sin is why Christ died on the cross. If sin is a big enough deal to God that He sent His only Son to die in our place for it, surely it should be a big deal to us as well. The Christian community has responded to this movie the way it has because they don’t want to be like those who know that sin deserves punishment from a just God and yet still willfully live in it and give approval to it.” (Romans 1:32) Those who do this have a debased and depraved mind (Romans 1:28)

3.  The storyline centers around a relationship that makes sex about dominance and submission instead of serving and love within a covenant relationship.

  • Much of the same here as the last point. When a husband and wife marry, Genesis 2:24-25 says they become one flesh, meaning that this covenant commitment joins them together in every way. Ephesians 5 tells us that the way a husband and wife interact with one another should reflect Jesus’ relationship with the church. A husband is to sacrificially lay down his life for the needs of his wife as the leader in the home and a wife is to joyfully submit to her husband’s sacrificial leadership. Both are to seek to serve the other in love, putting the other before themselves. This other-centered focus is to play out in every area of their lives together, including their sexual lives. The reason the Christian community has responded to this movie and this theme the way it has is because it presents a picture of sexual relationships that are outside of God’s design.

4.  Here are a handful of verses from the Bible that speak into this

  • Genesis 2:24-25, Ephesians 5:3 Philippians 4:8, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8, Matthew 5:27-28, Romans 13:13, 1 Corinthians 5:9-12, 1 Corinthians 6:15-20, Ephesians 5:3 and 5:5, 1 Corinthians 6:18, Ephesians 2:3-4, Hebrews 13:4
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