I’m not averse to reading controversial books, whether it is to learn more about what people are talking about, or to be able to give an informed, Biblical and Christian response to the material. I have read and reviewed many such fiction and non-fiction books over the years, including Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, Phillip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, and Rob Bell’s Love Wins, to name a few.
When I knew that E.L. James’ 2011 pornographic bondage and sadism/masochism novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, was being turned into a movie, I (only very briefly!) considered the idea of reading the book to be able to give a review on it. However, I made the decision that I would not defile my heart and mind with this filth, but instead would share with my blog readers some of the different reviews that are out there, and encourage them to boycott this trashy, immoral R-rated movie as well.
For a Christian review of the movie, I encourage you to check out Focus on the Family’s website Plugged In. This is a great site I visit often when deciding whether or not a certain movie is one that would be appropriate for my family to watch. Click HERE to visit their thorough review of the movie. Here are a few of the quotes from this review.
(Note to parents: Many of the sections have a disclaimer: “Parental Guidance: This section deals with especially graphic content.” If that’s a disclaimer on the review of the movie, you can imagine how bad the movie itself is!)
“This is why so many of us are reading and watching. Never mind whether the content contained in Fifty Shades of Grey falls short of or crosses over a legal definition of domestic abuse or pornography; with a cancerous intensity it caters to the cravings and hungers that all pornography serves. Porn rips us away from the real, flesh-and-blood people in our lives. It feeds unrealistic and sometimes dangerous and hurtful expectations of what to expect from sex and love. As it becomes ever more pervasive in our culture, it damages us in ways that we’re just beginning to fully understand.” (Paul Asay, Plugged In).
LINKS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DANGERS OF FIFTY SHADES OF GREY:
- Sermon Central: Why Pastors Should Respond from the Pulpit to Fifty Shades of Grey.
- The National Post Article: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ film boycott called for by anti-pornography, domestic violence activists.
- CBC News: Sask. domestic abuse group calls for Fifty Shades of Grey movie boycott:
- Finally, if you’re still not convinced that this book and movie is bad news , check out this blog post: Fifty Abusive Moments in Fifty Shades of Grey.
[EDIT – MORE LINKS ADDED]:
- Life Site News – a petition to boycott 50 Shades.
- End Sexual Exploitation: FiftyShadesIsAbuse.
- 4 Reasons Crosswalk.com isn’t Reviewing Fifty Shades of Grey.
- Church Leaders article.
FINAL WORD FROM THE WORD OF GOD:
“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.“ (Philippians 4:8, The Message Bible).