Calloused: Culture and 50 Shades of Conviction

Have we become so calloused that we have lost our dignity? The release this week of the movie 50 Shades of Grey has unleashed a maelstrom of blog posts, articles, and opinions online from every corner of society, both highly in favor and strongly against the film (if we can call it that). While I am thankful for the many voices who are speaking out against the sexual violence and trashiness of this movie, I am equally saddened that we have come so far in this culture as to require such a response. Has the line of propriety been completely erased? Have we sunk so deep as to glorify domestic abuse and mysoginy in the name of entertainment? Have we lost the ability to think rationally about what we are putting into our minds?

Honestly, this should not even be an issue. This movie should have been the biggest flop of all time (and maybe it will be. . .we can’t give up hope just yet) due to the disgusting and abhorrent nature of the content. Far from being celebrated, the realistic outcome of relationships like Christian and Ana’s are women’s shelters, emergency help lines, counselors and psychologists, and deep emotional scarring and pain. You don’t need help lines for healthy relationships. They exist because this kind of behavior and lifestyle are not ok.

The proper responses when walking out of the theater after seeing this movie should be digust, deep sorrow, and a conviction to stand against this kind of abuse and domestic violence. True love is selfless, not selfish and demanding. True love gives more than it takes. True love seeks the good of the other person. True love is life-giving, not life-taking. True love is honest, peaceful, and joy-filled. Yet many movie-goers will walk out of the theater blinded by the glitz and the shiny people, believing the lie that love can be found in abusive relationships, or even worse, that they have the power to change another person.

Oh friends. May we be lights in the darkness. My heart breaks that the callouses in our society have grown so thick that this movie does not shock us. That this being released does not cause outrage and demands for it to be removed from public view. That our only response is “don’t watch it”, without even taking the time to question its existence in the first place. May we be rightly appalled, and may we fight all the more for justice, and truth, and a return to propriety in our entertainment. May our convictions become black and white, instead of shades of gray that lead only to ruin and despair.

I will leave it with this:

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” – Phil 4:8

One thought on “Calloused: Culture and 50 Shades of Conviction

  1. Wow! Emily!!! You hit the nail right on the head! Every word is true and perfect, and of course, the scripture says it all! Thank you!

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