Fifty Shades of Something
The first is, and I already posted about this, does anybody really doubt we're in the end times? That these are really the "end times"? The signs all seem to be here.
Like everybody doing what was right in his own sight, which so sickened God that He drowned everybody except the half dozen righteous folks He found....
Second, perhaps we have bought the lie perpetrated by too much of the Evangelical community, that we can "Win the world" if we'll just get off our haunches and go follow one of these foolproof plans we've formulated.
Far as I know, that Gospel plan is to lift up Jesus and let Him do His work of drawing people unto Himself. And then focus on lifting Him up and letting Him do the work of drawing people.
John 12:32: "And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself."
Perhaps in our hearts, we know we're not doing that and not relying on Him. And trying to make up what we see as the slack by shaming lost people for acting like lost people.
Speaking of lost people, do we think they'll be better off if they simply respond to our admonitions against seeing the movie? I don't think they will. And if they think they're "better off" with God, we've done them a terrible disservice by leading them to that conclusion.
Speaking of saved people, the extent to which we feel we must mention the film to them, reveals what we really think about our efforts to make disciples instead of making church members.
I recall once, perhaps 50 years ago, serving as a counselor at a Bill Glass Crusade in Indianapolis Bill had been a standout pro football player, and became an Evangelist. For the past.40 years or so, he seems to have focused on prison ministry.
Good for Bill.
What I recall most is his admonition to us that, if someone comes forward to pray about ongoing sin in their life, do NOT talk to them about the sin. Talk to them about their personal relationship with Jesus.
A strong relationship with our Savior is the only hope we have to overcome the sin that besets us. He is the One and the Only One who will provide us the "way of escape" from temptation, mentioned in 1 Corinthians 10:13.
So ... if church folks flock to the movie, there's no use talking about the movie. Focus on their standing with Jesus, and how little they may well be settling for in it. And then re-examine our church programs and see if our real goal ... and the focus of our efforts ... has been on making disciples.
It's been said that, when you settle for less than what's yours, you'll get less than you settled for.