I have been given a life of freedom in the name of Jesus Christ. I have been called and empowered to live a life of abundant goodness and love. I am an adopted daughter of the King of kings and creator of the universe, and His Holy Spirit lives in me and shapes me to do His work and bring His kingdom to earth. I am young, I don’t know what my future holds, and I am flawed from the inside out, but I know that I have been called to a destiny for the glory of God.
Somehow, when I simply bash sinful films and literature, and warn everyone not to participate in the sin-fest, I don’t quite feel like I am living up to the life of abundant love I have been called to.
I admit, I have not read a single blog post on 50 Shades of Grey, though there are many (and great, I’m sure). I also admit that I am naïve to the story line of 50 Shades of Grey but know enough to say to my sisters in Christ, don’t mess with it.
BUT as a follower of Jesus, may I never be known simply for the things I am against but for the things I am for. So, when I say no to 50 Shades of Grey, what do I say yes to?
Human trafficking and sexual slavery is a reality for so many people. Not people far away, people in our own country and cities. Not people who are different or weird or somehow unhuman, but people just like me and you.
I live in an area of Nashville where human trafficking is an issue and when women on my own street are slaves to this “life”, I cannot imagine going to see a film about sexual bondage as sensual entertainment. I wonder if a survivor of sex trafficking would want to see 50 Shades of Grey? Hm.
As a believer, rather than just saying no to destructive entertainment to protect my own freedom, Christ has given me the ability to say yes to the freedom of others. He has called me, and all believers, to fight for the justice and freedom of His people.
Rather than saving 10 dollars from a movie you choose not to see, what if you donated 10 dollars in an effort to end human trafficking? We know 50 Shades of Grey will makes millions at the box office, but how beautiful would it be if the Church donated millions to end sexual slavery? What if instead of bashing the things that don’t fit into our moral agenda via Facebook, we were known for fighting for freedom?
There have been so many blogs about why we shouldn’t see 50 Shades of Grey and that is not my intention with this post. Let’s stop talking about something and start doing something. Let’s be known for living for the lives of others. If you have an extra 10 dollars because you aren’t seeing 50 Shades of Grey, donate it.
I discovered a non-profit a few years ago called A21 and I really champion everything they do. If you don’t have a local non-profit in mind to donate to I highly recommend you check out A21’s website and make a onetime donation.
Let’s fight for freedom from sexual slavery and run far, far from entertaining ourselves with it.
Visit A21’s website at A21.org