The release of the movie Fifty Shades of Grey has caused quite a stir. Porn is now masqueraded as the sexual empowerment of women. Has the world finally gone crazy? A recent TIME magazine article reminded readers that while this movie ventures into the realms of bondage, sadomasochism and female degradation, more and more newspaper headlines concern sexual violence directed towards young women. “The Hunting Game”, a documentary about campus rape is soon to be released. There is an ever-growing list of accusations against rich older men who take sexual advantage of women who are subordinates1. Just watch the news.
Of course the basic starting point in dealing with sin in our lives is to make sure we are Christians. Jesus said in Mark 7 that it is “out of the heart comes evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder” and so on. In other words, the problem is not what we wear or whether we have a tattoo or not, but our hearts, our very selves. We need new hearts, we need to be converted, we need to be born again. That is the first step.
Secondly, we need to be disciplined. Job said, “I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin.” (Job 31:1) Job did not presume he would automatically or magically grow in godliness, but made a covenant with himself to work on his holiness. The apostle Paul said, “I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified”. (1 Corinthians 9:27)