Whether you plan to see the movie, or not, please consider what these authors have to say on behalf of your impressionable teens.
A Letter to All Parents Regarding 50 Shades of Grey
by Erin MacPherson
I heard something very disturbing yesterday. I was sitting in a coffee shop when a group of high school students (wearing uniforms from a local private Christian school) walked in and sat at a table near me. They were talking loudly and I couldn’t help but overhear their conversation as they made plans to sneak out and go see the 50 Shades of Grey movie on Valentine’s Day. My heart dropped when I heard this. I have no idea who these students are, but I am terrified for them.
Let me give you a little background: About a year ago, my friend Kathi Lipp asked if I would consider co-authoring a book about sex, women and modern Christian culture. The book idea stemmed from a blog post that Kathi wrote about 50 Shades of Grey. Kathi felt that 50 Shades of Grey was not only demeaning towards women and demonizing towards men, but it also was greatly affecting the state of Christian marriage in our country. She also believed that sadistic, erotic literature led to the normalization of violence in marriage.
The response to Kathi’s blog post was… shocking. Christian women defended the book, saying it was “a love story” and it was “just a way for women to start thinking about sex.” They even went as far as accusing Kathi of being “prude” or “boring” because she felt God intended more for marriage and that women’s emotional and physical health was at risk.
Fast forward a year and Kathi and I have spent hours researching not only the cultural connotations surrounding 50 Shades of Grey but also the affects the book has on both women and men. And we’ve learned some scary things. And while much of the media surrounding the book has to do with erotica and mental pornography– which are rampant in the book–but there has been little discussion about another major facet of the book: Abuse.
Fifty Shades of Nay: Sin Is a Needle, Not a Toy
by Marshall Segei
Before you buy a ticket and some popcorn — or before you talk to a friend who wants to read the books or see the movie — I want to put ten of God’s promises before you. My hope and prayer is that the clarity and power of God’s words will convince many of you to save your money and your heart, and help you do the same for others.
Five myths about Fifty Shades of Grey
By Emily Whitten for World Magazine
Despite what some Christians will tell you, this is a black and white issue.
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