This Friday I’m going to the strip club. Or as Pacman Jones (NFL player) calls it the scrip club. I’m going to make it rain dollar bills up in there. I’m not really touchy feel and I’m kind of a germaphobe so I plan on wadding up the dollar bills and throwing them at the naked ladies. Well, I’ve heard in VA it’s illegal for them to be fully nude. So I guess I’ll be throwing money at the almost naked, but partially covered with glittery tassels women. Any guys interested in going with me? We will make a guys night out of it. Hit me up if you want to enjoy some good scrippin’ on Friday.
I just got done reading the latest issue of Playboy. It has some amazing articles in there. In fact it’s so good that I’m going to re-read it. I’ll probably end up reading it three of four times. It’s that good!
Be honest. What thoughts went through your head when you read the above sentences about scrip clubs and Playboy? Does it seem wrong for a pastor to talk about? How would you feel if you saw me coming out of the scrip club while reading a Playboy?
The truth is I’m not going to a scrip club and I’ve never read Playboy (and I don’t intend to start reading it or looking at it’s pictures). So if I’m not going why did I write that? Well, I’m hoping that you felt the same thing that I feel when I see Christian women posting on Facebook about going to see the movie Magic Mike and reading and then re-reading the book 50 Shades of Grey.
If it’s not okay for a preacher to go to the scrip club then I’m thinking it’s not okay for Christian women to support a movie about male strippers. I haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey, but I’ve heard enough media people talk about blushing while reading it to know that it’s not wise for me to read. If it’s not wise for me to read then it’s not wise for Christian women to read.
As a kid in the church children’s choir we used to sing a song that contained the lyrics, “Input output what comes in is what comes out.” We also sang a song with the lyrics, “be careful little eyes what you see. For the Father up above is looking down in love, so be careful little eyes what you see.” Those songs have stuck with me to this day.
Why should we be careful at what we see? Because things impact us in ways that we don’t even see. What we pour into our lives comes out at some point. It may seem like harmless fun but that’s like saying eating nothing but pure sugar is harmless eating. Input output what goes into your eyes will find its way out at some point.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” Jesus.
At the end of the day it’s about honoring God with our eyes. But if that doesn’t motivate you how about not living a double standard. If as a women you wouldn’t want your man to go to a strip club or read Playboy then you should set the example and not do something that’s similar. This post isn’t supposed to come off as judgmental. It’s supposed to get us to think. Let’s keep nudy stuff for marriage.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12
Do you think I’m being legalistic? Is it different because images impact girls differently than guys? What are other reasons that we should be careful about what we see? Will you see Magic Mike or read 50 Shades of Grey?