I was having lunch with some girlfriends last week when one of them asked me if I had read the book, Fifty Shades of Grey. I quickly responded with, “Absolutely not!” She really didn’t think I had, but that was her lead-in to introducing me to another movie coming out on the same release date as Fifty Shades – OLD FASHIONED.
OLD FASHIONED is a great movie about old fashioned courtship, which is the exact opposite to the message of Fifty Shades. See more information here.
Both movies release on Friday, February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day.
I have a genuine concern for women, especially Christian women, who seem to easily get caught up in any type of porn. While some feminists applaud women’s sexual freedoms, porn, even soft porn, is really degrading, AND sinful.
- I don’t aspire to be a silly or gullible woman who is captivated by lust. I desire to continue my journey of becoming a confident, godly woman.
For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 2 Timothy 3:6
- I don’t follow the crowd of pop culture. I have taken up my cross and desire to follow Jesus, forsaking the lies and vulgarity of this world.
I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it. Psalm 101:3
- I don’t want to know what ungodly people do in the bedroom. What I don’t know, I won’t talk about.
It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. Ephesians 5:12
If I can be real for a minute, I could’ve written my own version of Fifty Shades of Grey when I was young and under the heavy influence of the deceiving feminists who said that women could fool around like men do and never be affected by it. Let’s just say that I’ve lived AND learned! Although I’m quite sure my past pales in comparison to Fifty Shades of Grey, it’s a lifestyle that left me feeling lonely and loveless – I refuse to celebrate it by seeing it!!!
When I really think about it, I am not sure why women like to celebrate the storyline of this book. I love what the OLD FASHION’S director, Rik Swartzwelder, said of the two movies…
” Swartzwelder added. “Think of a young woman you care about… Which love story would you wish for her?” (October 13, 2014 Christian Post article).
Even though OLD FASHION may only be seen in a couple hundred movie theaters while Fifty Shades will be shown in a couple thousand, I don’t know of any one who truly would not want young women to have a sweet love story over a raunchy sexcapade. Maybe I am naive, but hopefully not.
So, as a Director of Women’s Ministry, here is what I am going to do:
- On February 13, we are going to round up a bunch of women and go see OLD FASHIONED.
- We are going to provide cute T-Shirts for us to wear with the OLD FASHIONED logo so no one will mistake this posse for a bunch of girlfriends out to see Fifty Shades
- We are going to use the movie’s resources for churches from their website as applicable and appropriate to our women’s ministry calendar of events.
I encourage you to plan some anti-Fifty Shades initiatives to contrast what is godly and ungodly. Even if some of the women from your church go see it, they will not be able to without thinking of the counter-culture message you’ve sent. Hopefully, you will be able discourage many who planned to view it.
I would love to hear your ideas for countering Fifty Shades; please use the comments section below.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, Hebrews 10:24
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Award-winning author Gina Duke is a wife, mom and the Director of Women’s Ministry at her local church. With a B.S. in Organizational Leadership, she is able to bring a clear word for authentic Christian living. Through her book, “Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray” (Abingdon Press), she imparts 1 Peter 4:7 with the gift of structured prayer journaling. You may also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TheGinaDuke.