Friday, April 10, 2015
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It opened in theaters on Valentine's Weekend - Fifty Shades of Grey. A hundred million copies of the book have been sold. See, it's known for its portrayal of a young virgin seduction into sado-masochistic sex in a charming man's "room of pain." A friend told me that it was the talk of all the women in her office; forty and 50-year-old women "giggling like schoolgirls." Dying to see it. To see a woman submitting to sexual violence in the name of "exploring her dark desires."
The top ten advance ticket sales were from Bible Belt states mostly. A lot of anecdotal evidence and Facebook postings suggest a great "buzz" about that movie from people with Christian backgrounds.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "How A Christian Is Seduced By Our Culture."
Christian. That's the ones of whom the Bible says, "Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit" (1 Corinthians 6:19). To whom God says in our word for today from the Word of God (Ephesians 5 beginning with verse 3), "Among you there must not even be a hint of sexual immorality, or any kind of impurity...you are light in the Lord...have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness."
It's not that God is against sexual passion. Far from it. He invented it! To unite, to ignite the lifetime love of a husband and wife. "Rejoice in the wife of your youth," He says. "Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love" (Proverbs 5:18-19 - NLT).
But sex the Inventor's way always means honoring a woman, respecting a woman, uplifting a woman; never hurting her, using her, violating her. Ephesians 5:28 (NLT) says, "Husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies." "The two will become one flesh," Jesus said. A holy, tender, loving merging of two lives, expressed with the passionate merging of their bodies together.
But "Christian" interest in a morally bankrupt, "must-see" movie exposes much larger issues; more troubling issues, like the compartmentalizing of our faith. It's like one slice of pie you lather in whipped cream. So we've got a "Jesus slice" of our life now, and I pour all the "spiritual" there. Then there's the rest of my life where I do whatever I please. "Hey, I believe in Jesus. But this is my business. Jesus is my belief. This is how I treat my family, this is my love life, and this is my entertainment."
Nope. "You must be holy in everything you do" (1 Peter 1:15 - NLT). Everything. If I'm deciding where Jesus is in charge and where He isn't, then He's not Lord. I am. I have dethroned the Son of God and made me my de facto God.
Then there's our naiveté about entertainment. "It's only a movie. It's only a song. it's only a TV show." See, entertainment is our hellish enemy's "stealth bomber" that slips death into our soul under the radar.
James 1:15 - what a hammer this is! "Desire, when it is conceived, gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death." We'd run from a frontal temptation to do this thing we think we'll never do. So the enemy of our soul just plants a thought, a desire, an indelible image. First, sin fascinates you. Then, it assassinates you.
The terrorist from hell says, "Watch this. It won't hurt." The Savior who loves you says, "Guard your heart...it is the wellspring of life" (Proverbs 4:23). A little poison in the reservoir becomes death in the water.
There are a thousand shades of dark, inviting us to what looks like a party but ends up in a prison; a prison that Jesus Christ, Prince of Heaven, came to save us from. To show us we are more than a body to be used. We are a soul to be cherished.
This very day I would love to have you experience this most genuine, most lasting of all loves for yourself. Let your search for that love end today. Would you meet me at our website ANewStory.com and let me show you how?
You're too precious to degrade, too precious to defile; worth dying for.