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The Gospel According to “Magic Mike”

July 3, 2012

I haven’t seen the movie “Magic Mike.”  I’m not going to see it for two reasons.  First, I am a Christian.  Second, I am a man.  Flying to Thailand in a luggage compartment  with a rabid chicken (do those exist?) sounds less uncomfortable than being a Christian man watching that movie in a theater. 

Go ahead and say it.  I’m judgmental.  I’m narrow-minded.  Who am I to tell you what you should and should not do?  Blah, blah, blah.  I’ve heard it all before. Can we move past rebellious, childish, self-justification?

You may be surprised to know that I’m not here to tell you not to go see the movie.  I’m here to tell you why you want to see the movie, or at least why a lot of people want to see it.  In fact, I’m writing this to give you the reason why we all continue to be tempted sexually in a multitude of ways.

Now clearly, there is more than one reason why sexual temptation is so potent.  I want to mention just one:  we long for beauty.  We long to be connected to something of wonder, mystery, and pleasure.  We long to “feel” that we are connected to something that moves us beyond the mundane to a sense of wonder.  We are seeking it in experiences, relationships, possessions, thrills, food, substances, success — really, wherever we can find it. 

Sexual temptation is perhaps the most potent of all the misguided searches for this beauty and wonder.  Ravi Zacharias says, “I would dare to suggest that of all the places we search for the sustaining of wonder, most often it is in human sexuality.  Few inclinations within our senses seem as mysterious and enchanting while at the same time can be so disappointing and hurtful” (Ravi Zacharias, Recapture the Wonder , pg. 57). A peak at porn, the rush of an affair, and illicit flirtation can offer us a counterfeit version of wonder but always leave us broken and empty.  We know the end of the story, but the lure is so great that we don’t care.

I believe the search for beauty and wonder in all forms is rooted in our longing for God.  We simply misdirect our search and give ourselves to things that promise wonder but are nothing more than cheap sensationalism. 

Can it be that people are going to see “Magic Mike” because they really long for God?  Actually, yes.  A million pseudo-beauties exist in the world, and while all of them can be dangerous, they all remind us that we are looking for beauty and wonder because we were created to be in a relationship with a beautiful and wonderful God.  We find our lives satisfied in Him, and really, only in Him.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rhonda Stowe permalink
    July 4, 2012 7:59 pm

    Well said, Brother!

  2. Susan Davis permalink
    July 7, 2012 6:50 pm

    Great article!

  3. July 10, 2012 11:40 pm

    Reblogged this on hunterhawes and commented:
    A great post!

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