Ethics: 50 Shades of Grey at a Sunday School Outing

What would you do Wednesday!

Most Christians I know – every one actually – has no plans to watch 50 Shades of Grey. In fact, they do not think Christians should watch the 50 Shades of Grey movie. However, how would they, and should they, respond if they were caught in the following situation?

Friday night is here and your Sunday School class is having an outing. The plan was to catch movie around 5 o’clock. The movie was to be picked out together at the theater. Then, you all would have a fellowship dinner to discuss the movie, life, your walk with God, etc.

You text a friend explaining you are running a few minutes late. They text back that 12 people, about half the class, is at the theater discussing which movie to see. You give the go ahead to buy your ticket for whichever movie they decide to watch.

While greeting your friends upon arrival, you ask which movie they picked. One of them handed you a ticket answering, “After a lot of discussion, we decided on 50 Shades of Grey!” Thinking it was a joke, you read the ticket, “Admit One: 50 Shades of Grey.” He was not kidding.

What would you do?

  • The ticket is paid for so go ahead and watch the movie.
  • Explain why none of you should watch and leave/ see something else.
  • Tell our friends this will be brought to the pastor if they watch the movie.
  • Decline to watch then grab their tickets and leave the theater.
  • Or…

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 allenmickle February 18, 2015 at 11:27 am

I think Mark, I would argue for a variant of your second option. I think there’s no redemptive reason to subject oneself to 50 shades, so I would feel a need to articulate to the group why that is, and either then, out of conscience, go see something different, on my own if need be, or simply leave. I’m not sure I would “hold it over their head” by bringing it to the pastor, but I would probably take time with each, one on one, to find out their thinking behind it, and again, from Scripture, point them to the issues.

2 Mark Lamprecht February 18, 2015 at 11:45 am

Thanks, Allen. Just so readers know, I suggest action options as the only options, or even an option at all, but to get people thinking. In fact, I try to add one (4, for example) that is a bit ridiculous.

3 Tim Scott February 18, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Mark, I would argue for a variation of 2 with a serious helping of #3 if the encouragement to not watch the movie went unheeded.

4 Amee Teal February 24, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Hi Mark,
I would certainly attempt to share why I don’t believe seeing this movie would be the best way for us to glorify God. I would pray for the Holy Spirit to not only speak through me but to interpret to them and use gentleness in my words. After making my opinion and my understanding of scripture known as humbly as I possible could, I would trade my ticket and let them know I will be seeing something else. In joining the group after, I would be very interested to see and hear their reactions to the movie. This would reveal a lot to me about the individuals in my class/group to which I could then be in prayer as to whether or not to continue in the relationships or not. I would pray through it all that I didn’t come across judgmental, because although the choice to not watch 50 shades may be clear and simple, I don’t know that next time were together that I won’t do or say something that is just as clear and simple in their eyes as not being God honoring. We need each other and we are called to help one another being encouraging and accountable — however we are not called to be judgmental or demeaning. I don’t find it difficult to stand for what I believe, I just know that I don’t walk a perfect walk so I need others and I pray I am the kind of sister in Christ that they in turn feel they need in their lives as well.

5 Tina May 6, 2015 at 7:08 am

If you had asked me this question 20 years ago, my answer would probably have reflected the one above. However, today 20 years on in my walk with God, I would be inclined to just “go with the flow” in this case. God is a great big God and nowadays my belief is that He is not “phased” by the fact that I sat through a movie that is deemed and rightly categorized as questionable. I would like to consider the word “questionable”, what a pandora’s box of them there would be. I have discovered there is so much more power in love than there is in judgement. What glory could be brought to God by sitting down with everyone afterwards and discussing why the movie is wrong on so many levels, bring it all back to God, grace, mercy, kindness, self-control etc. I mean, its not like there are things like this happening in real life……right? Oh wait…….!


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