The lines We Draw: Sex & Violence

There is no shortage of sex & violence on television or in film and now-a-days even in commercials. Whether it’s used in comedy or to show grittiness, it’s everywhere, highlighted very clearly in shows like HBO’s Game of Thrones or FX’s retired show The Shield. Awhile back a friend shared a video with me, which I have since lost, but it asked the question, “Why are we okay with violence in the media but not sex?” They were not advocating for more sex and less violence but pointing out the flaw in logic faced by many Christians, myself being one of them. I will repeatedly go to films that glorify stylized action and violence and leave with a smile on my face. However, often I scoff at movies that center around sex and many times will not watch these films (i.e. Zach & Miri Make a Porno, Sex Tape, 50 Shades of Grey, etc). There is a major hypocrisy there – one that, honestly, I have not decided how to deal with. I know that violent images on screen will not cause me to lash out violently in real life. On the other hand, seeing hyper-sexualized images on a regular basis can cause me to stumble in my day-to-day life. Knowing my strengths and weaknesses, I choose to avoid that which would cause me to stumble. That’s good and all, but is it enough? Christ calls Christians to be pure in thought and actions, and while I truly desire to say in this case I am, I’m not sure I can. So why do we tolerate one over the other? I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this. Is it just entertainment, or is there a deeper issue? How have you dealt with this seeming contradiction? Please comment below.

Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.
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Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.