4. The Heavy Drinking Lifestyle is Worth Trying
Drinking and partying have always been things that attract many teenagers, young adults and adults. Even though the act of drinking alcohol itself is not bad or a sin, it can be taken out of context and abused very easily in party situations. This is where the danger and lies begin to erode the moral foundation.
The movie Trainwreck is a perfect example of this lie that is being portrayed to teenagers, but specifically to young women. This movie is centered around a woman who was taught not to believe in monogamy as a child, which in turn leads her to excessive drinking, lots of partying and many one-night stands with men she doesn't know in her real adult life. Even though the main character learns an important life lesson at the end, the positive and "fun" portrayal of her drunken stupor in 80 percent of the movie entices many young people, even those who only end up seeing the trailers.
Add to the list the upcoming movie How to be Single, which encourages women to use their bodies as a means to get free drinks at bars. The message is demeaning, dangerous and opens up a world that is purely destructive.
Ephesians 5:18 simply says this about drinking: "Do not be drunk with wine, for that is reckless living. But be filled with the Spirit." Galatians 5:21 talks about this crazy lifestyle in general saying, "Envy, murders, drunkenness, carousing and the like. I warn you, as I previously warned you, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." These are serious matters that God does not take lightly, and neither should we as we teach our young girls about such things.
5. Sex Before Marriage is Worth It
While this last point could be the most obvious one, the lies many movies are telling about sex is causing a world of confusion for young girls, especially for the ones struggling with what their identity is.
This is most evident in the mere fact that Fifty Shades of Grey, a blockbuster erotica, created so much buzz and drew so much curiosity from women that it grossed $570 million worldwide. Besides the movie's disgusting glorification of sexual violence, the story of a man seducing a young virgin into his sick, sexual world has, as numerous studies show, detrimental effects on both young women and men.
The Bible is very clear that sex is actually a very good and beautiful thing that God Himself created for a husband and wife to enjoy in the boundaries of marriage. However, the evilness of the world has decided to abuse that gift, and through many of these movies, that gift is being destroyed for many if not most teenagers. Sexual immorality is something that the Bible warns against in 1 Corinthians 6:18, saying, "Escape from sexual immorality. Every sin that a man commits is outside the body. But he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body." Colossians 3:5 also says "Therefore put to death the parts of your earthly nature: sexual immorality, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry." We should be teaching our young girls the importance of sex inside the contexts of marriage and that waiting for that special gift is when the true beauty of intimacy buds.
All of these lies are bombarding young women, who are falling prey to them. While God is full of forgiveness, and His grace can redeem from any sin, we can help protect our young girls from a lot of pain and from being enticed into the world by teaching them Biblical principles and responses and protecting them from media that attacks those principles.
This article originally appeared on movieguide.org.
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