More godly than God Soft Hands Jesus


Every great cause has those who die for the cause. Every great cause needs its martyrs.

Human beings
Slaughtering
Human beings
Proving
Slaughtered
Human beings
Proving
What?

Which may seem an odd introduction to: “Fifty Shades of Grey: the film”

I remember seeing a load of blogs a while ago when the film was released in the US. The Christian blogs were fairly much in agreement: do not watch the film, do not let this filth enter your eyes, I have not watched it, I never will, and you shouldn’t either.

I watched it last night. We watched this filth last night.

Mr Grey the rich and powerful CEO. Miss Steele the naïve penniless virgin. The attraction. The flirting. The mystery of lust and infatuation and love. What we casually dismiss as “animal attraction”. The rules and contract. The dominant and submissive. The toys and naughty stuff. The insistence that Anastasia will be free by signing the contract, and her reluctance to be bound (!!) by a contract. Her belief these rules will not free her, they will simply free Christian to perpetuate his screwed-up version of love again. His insistence that he is not trying to change her – that she is changing him. And Love. Love is the plot – the storyline – the film.

Love is where the action is.

Christian struggling to love without fear. Christian insisting on a contract to free Ana. Christian “fifty shades of fucked up”. Christian punishing Ana for breaking rules she has not yet signed. And Ana always loving in return both with fear and without fear. Beyond her own boundaries to find the man she loves – the man she knows is there somewhere. Somewhere they are connecting but not connecting. Christian fighting something he fears – Christian fighting giving himself to love – Christian fearing giving himself to love – Christian …

Now this might just be me: does that name sound familiar?

Because I remember someone who was not a martyr – who did not die for the cause – but who lived for the cause … what was it they said?

”Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” Mark 7:15

”What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” Matthew 15:11

Jesus said that.

Jesus walked with filth in His day. He sat with sinners in His day. He partied with religious outcasts. They sought Him out. They loved His company. He connected with them. And more.

He Lived over death for all. Jesus was not a martyr.

So when we know better – when we see filth where others see Love – when we “fifty shades of f****d up” Christians will not even open our eyes and see love – when others look at Christians and see control freaks – when others see love where we see …

Isn’t that just another “Christian” being scared of love? That what goes in WILL defile us and change us and move control from us to … “The Devil” (shhhh ….!). Isn’t that just proving we know better – we love better – we are more forgiving – We are more Godly than God Soft Hands Jesus?

Human beings
Slaughtering
Human beings
Proving
Slaughtered
Human beings
Proving
What?

The Christian blogs were fairly much in agreement: do not watch the film, do not let this filth enter your eyes, I have not watched it, I never will, and you shouldn’t either.

Why?

12 thoughts on “More godly than God Soft Hands Jesus

  1. Pingback: 50 Shades of Meat | The Postmodern Mystic

  2. I agree 100% with your final statement. Why? Are we not mature enough to make up our own minds on what is good for us and what is not? Are we so afraid and so insecure in our place in this world that christians have to treat each other like toddlers. Don’t put dirt in your mouth, it will make you sick. Kids have been putting dirt in their mouths since the beginning of time. We need a little bacteria to build up our immune system that helps us fight against disease. What is the difference in watching or reading or even experiencing something that is not necessarily in line with our religious beliefs. So I ask my christian friends, “why not” ? Bless you Paul

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    • WOOPS! Sorry Sammy – I added a comment rather than replying:

      paulfg on April 27, 2015 at 6:47 am said:
      Sammy , thank you.
      “Are we so afraid and so insecure in our place in this world that christians have to treat each other like toddlers.”
      The following may sound like a cop out – it is not intended to be.
      Because usually when books I have enjoyed are turned into film, they so often focus on commercial popularity rather than what I got from the written words. So with this film, I had not sought it out – and only for that reason.
      Yet the whips and toys were played down, and the love story was “played up”. And – in this film – made clear the wonder of love over fear, as well as the pain and hurt that come with love confronting fear! Profound and touching!
      I had not expected a post to be the result – and it wasn’t the result. That portrayal and the parallels were the result! Wow!!

      (and then Little Monk took something I had only skimmed past and brought another facet to shine bright!
      http://sharethecoffee.wordpress.com/2015/04/26/50-shades-of-meat/
      WOW again!!)

      Thank you ((hugs))

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  3. “[Sinners and outcasts] sought Him out. They loved His company. He connected with them. And more.” That’s my Jesus.

    That’s the face of Jesus I want to be. That’s the light of Jesus I want to shine. That’s the heart of Jesus I want to offer people. The true one. The loving one. The compassionate one. The welcoming one. The accepting one. “All will know you are my followers if you love one another.” Plain and simple.

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  4. WOW!
    I didn’t see that coming! “Christian fighting, Christian fearing… Christians fighting, Christians fearing, “connecting but not connecting” Christians/control freaks?!
    I haven’t seen the movie and really don’t care to but I’m sure I’ve probably read worse!!
    There’s a lot of meat on that bone. You’ve got my mind churning and I should be asleep! Hmmm…

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    • Lilka – nor did I until He went to work!! 🙂

      And – as always – with such things: no should or shouldn’t from me. But it did cross my mind to suggest to our church that they screen it as one of the films occasionally shown for meditation/reflection/discussion.
      Apparently there is a list of “recommended films” available – a film night with discussion afterwards. Finding the lord and love (in commercial non-churchy storylines and screenings).
      🙂

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  5. “Jesus walked with filth in His day. He sat with sinners in His day. He partied with religious outcasts. They sought Him out. They loved His company. He connected with them. And more.” Sister Susan already said it, but all I ask is, where is Jesus today? Didn’t He say we would accomplish more than Him (because He was sending Himself in the guise of the Holy Spirit to dwell in each of us) and that He is to be our example! Where are the throngs of outcasts, hurting, seeking flocking to us? Mainly because we treat those people as lepers, those that should be put outside the city walls, etc.! It breaks my heart that we as a group of so-called disciples are afraid to get our hands dirty, and afraid that the “sin” will wash off on us! We love, you bet we do, those that believe the same as us! We invite them to our churches when Jesus Christ went out to them! It’s no wonder the Pharisees saw Him as a threat! It seems to be only recently, that the modern day “Pharisees” are starting to feel threatened, because Jesus isn’t dwelling just in the buildings built for Him today. Jesus is doing what He promised to do, indwell His disciples with the Holy Spirit who is prompting us to “go out among them!”
    Brother, once in a while I read something and first take, is shock. Then it’s like your other article, the Lord spits in my eyes and my eyes are opened and the truth is standing there in front of me. There is no fear in the truth, it gives us liberty, it sets us free, it is love in reality! It’s great to encourage one another, to build one another up, to teach or share with one another, but to what end? It was always meant so that we can leave our “safe” groups and wander out among those who truly need the truth, those who have been living in the muck and dirt and grime. Yeah, we might get dirty, but as you and LM stated, that’s just the skin, that can wash off, but what we have to offer those living in the muck and dirt is what Jesus offered to those that thronged to Him, spiritual cleanness!!! Oh how we need to hear more of this, to be reminded that we were never called to be the overseers of what and what isn’t sin, but we are to be the “distributors” of Godly Love!!!
    God bless oh so much!

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    • Roland – I remember the stirrings for this post as though yesterday. And – I would love to make a post form your comments with a link back this post. However, that “initial shock” you state is important. Please let me know your thoughts on using your words in this comment – and writing a new post – which would be intended to bring people back to this post?

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      • Go for it Brother, cause the inspiration is from the Holy Spirit. I might have shared it with you before, but when I started teaching online and in fact from the pulpit, I always asked the Lord to bless His Words, give them life and lead those He wants to the message and whatever is mine, let it go by the wayside and to do no harm. He has been faithful and I have the same awe a lot of times (not always 😉 ) when I go back and read what could never have come from my pen!!!

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