By Shari Abbott, Reasons for Hope* Jesus
The movie, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” based on the book by the same title, releases this weekend. While I know very little about the book, I know enough to say, it is not appropriate reading for any Christian and therefore the movie is also not appropriate.
Rather than address all the reasons why an erotic novel such as “Fifty Shade of Grey” should not be read, and why the movie based on the book should not be seen, I’d like to offer hope for movie-goers this weekend—there is an alternative!
Releasing this weekend is a movie titled, “Old Fashioned,” based on 1 Corinthians chapter 13—the great love chapter of the Bible.
The movie’s name should remind us of years-gone-by, when relationships between men and women were biblically-based and God-honoring–a time when movies focused on emotional, not erotic, love. There needs to be an awaking in our world to what real love is all about, and this movie offers that. From the movie’s website:
A romantic-drama, OLD FASHIONED centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” and God-honoring courtship in contemporary America. (1)
I have not read the book, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and I will not see the movie. The movie is rated “R,” but from what I have heard about the book that rating is probably insufficient to warn people of the explicit and degenerate content of the story.
I also have not seen the movie, “Old Fashioned” (it releases this weekend), but the content promises to be God-honoring and biblical. The message of this movie is more like “fifty shades of red”—the color of love and the color that reminds us of the greatest demonstration of love, the blood of Jesus.
I offer these short videos for your review of “Old Fashioned.” The first is the movie trailer and the second compares and contrasts the lead character of “Old Fashioned,” Clay Walsh, with Christian Grey, the title character of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The second video asks dads to consider what type of man is right for their daughter. This made me think of another Father, who offers the truest of love to all who come to Him in faith.
Take a minute this Valentine’s Day and think about the love of God our Father. Think about the love that He lavished on us when He gave His Son (John 3:16) and the love that He continues to abundantly give to us.
Read a review of the movie here.
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