Last week one of the teens from our high school youth ministry texted me this picture. Schools were closed due to ice and a bunch of them went to the movies. They decided to pray in front of a showing of 50 Shades of Grey. I've seen what seemed like hundreds of articles and videos on social media all condemning the movie. It started to become obnoxious as we all tried to move on and put the movie behind us, but it was hard to get away from a constant daily reminder in the form of graphics, videos, articles, tweets, and every other imaginable medium. It all ensured that even if you didn't know anything about the movie and didn't want to know anything about the movie, you would find out soon enough.
I wish I could take credit for this picture, but I didn't mention 50 Shades of Grey to any of my teens. I didn't come up with the idea of kneeling in a public movie theatre in front of a movie and praying for all those who would see the movie, or were involved in the movie, or who have been hurt by abuse, pornography, or sexual exploitation.
I like to talk. I talk a lot about Jesus and the Gospel and becoming a Saint. But on this day, these teens were doing something a lot more important.
They were actually doing something.