I’m going to make this quick… But it’s worth saying that I *almost* made a big mistake this weekend. And it involved “Magic Mike”. Before you get ahead of yourself, let me say that I almost went to see this movie, not knowing what it really was about… I don’t watch much TV or pay attention to much pop culture, so I was severely out of the loop. (I really thought it was a movie about Michael Jordan’s basketball career. – Please laugh at me now.)
Two hours before I went to see it with a few girlfriends, I looked up the movie trailer, and I was taken aback. Um, no… I could not go see that movie. In an effort to honestly let you know – I’m not trying to be holier-than-thou here. I am just stating my opinion on such a hot topic. And I am in no way trying to condemn anyone who has seen this movie or plans to see it. As a Christian writer, though, I feel like I should weigh in on the discussion. “Magic Mike” is not for me. Nor was “Fifty Shades of Gray”… My thoughts are based entirely on scripture and I plan to follow what God says. Christians are not supposed to judge, so again, I am not judging my friends that saw this movie.
I just had to sit this one out. And I thought I’d tell you why. I’m guarding my heart. I’m protecting my marriage. I wouldn’t be happy if my husband went to this type of movie if the roles were reversed. I am guarding my mind from temptation and lust. I’m keeping my relationship with God first. God told me not to go. My intimate relationship with my husband is important to me and I don’t want to taint it.
I am absolutely not perfect. I do not claim to be. I make mistakes every single day. I’ve made HUGE mistakes in my past that I wish were different. But I can’t take those back now… what I can do is try to LIVE RIGHT – RIGHT NOW. I prayed for direction on this, and God said simply, ’sit this one out, sweet child’. And I had to tell my friends that this movie was not for me, with a huge prayer going up that they wouldn’t feel judged by me. Luckily, they understood. And I stayed home.
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. (Proverbs 4:23)
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 )