Some of the content is from Dave Owens from the Wetzel Road Church of Christ in Liverpool, NY

Well, I had decided not to even give the movie a thought.  I wasn’t going to write about it or even acknowledge it.  However, it probably needs to be addressed.  So here it goes.

            Lifesitenews.com carried an article saying: “Americans should boycott Fifty Shades of Grey on Valentine's Day, say more than 60,000 signatories and a growing coalition of groups that accused NBC Universal of ‘using a romantic holiday to promote a movie about abuse and degradation.’ ” LifeSiteNews, joined by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, the Family Research Council, and the website Counter Cultured, released the following statement on Monday about the controversial movie:  “Feminists and social conservatives agree: Fifty Shades of Grey promotes misogyny, abuse, and manipulation, not relationships based upon mutual love and respect. This film normalizes and glamorizes behaviors such as stalking, threats and physical violence. Its portrayal of relationships and sex is offensive to real life victims of domestic abuse. The film sets a particularly dangerous example for younger viewers, who may not understand that attractive, charismatic young billionaire Christian Grey is also an abusive sociopath, especially since victim/narrator Anastasia Steele continually describes and portrays him as a god. Valentine's Day is supposed to be a celebration of love; however, the relationship between the two main characters in Fifty Shades of Grey is anything but caring or loving.” (lifesitenews.com/news/tens-of-thousands-urge-boycott-of-fifty-shades-of-grey)

            So what do we do?  Some of us have read the book and I assume some will see the movie.  But should we?  Consider the following:
          “Research shows that on any given Sunday, our church pews in evangelical churches hold people who struggle with pornography. That research says that 50% of the men and 20% of the women in those pews are addicted to pornography. My friends at Harvest USA define pornography as ‘anything the heart uses to find sexual expression outside of God's intended design for relational intimacy. It is anything that tempts and corrupts the human heart into desiring sensual pleasure in sinful ways.’…In general, men are drawn to visual pornography. And in general, women are engaging with literary pornography. Fifty Shades of Grey seems to fit the bill.” (pluggedin.com/cultureclips/2012/2012-06-04.aspx)

            Read the following verses and then answer the question about watching, reading or viewing this kind of stuff – Job 31:1, Matthew 5:28, II Cor. 10:5, Phil. 4:8, Proverbs 6:27.  Read our local TV and newspaper headlines about the bust of a prostitution ring in Charleston…and then answer the question.

“The daily battle for our minds and hearts is real and the stakes are a matter of spiritual life and death. With God’s help, we must do our part to win the battle.   God wants us to know the truth: if we play with fire, we will get burned, in more ways than one!