Sunday, July 10, 2005

Porn Star Spirituality

Christianity isn't something we do on Sunday. One of my greatest passions is helping people see that there is no division between "sacred" and "secular." Our faith should permeate every square inch of our lives. When I read the following story about porn star Mary Carey, it highlighted how desperately the church needs this kind of revolution.

"I read the Bible and pray every night," Carey told WorldNetDaily in an
exclusive interview. With a Lutheran grandmother, Carey says she
attended church regularly until the age of 12, and still considers herself a
Christian in spite of her occupation. "I probably have less sex with those guys
than any college girl [typically has]. It doesn't make me less moral," she said.
"I'm sure a lot of Christians have had sex before marriage. God reads my heart.
I'm a good person. ... I think I have more morals than the politicians in
office. I don't rob, steal, hurt, or lie – a lot of politicians do that." When
asked about Bible verses condemning adultery, she responded, "Bill Clinton
committed adultery. [Doing] adult movies is acting, portraying a role. It's not
Mary Ellen Cook, the real me."

This is endemic in the Christian culture, although I'm not speculating on whether Carey is actually a "Christian." Is this really what God created us for? Is this the abundant life? Does this kind of life contribute to human flourishing? I don't fault Carey for promoting such irresponsible tripe, but anyone who sincerely calls themselves a Christian should be able to see the utter nonsense of thinking that you can live two seperate lives, one spiritual and one secular. "Only one life, t'will soon be past; only what's done for Christ will last."

The ultimate test is Colossians 3:17 -- "Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father." Can Carey honestly say that she engages in these activities in the name of Jesus Christ? After she makes a movie, can she say, "Thank you God, for the oppotunity to make this film."

Lest you think you are better than Carey, can you say the same about every part of your life?

3 Comments:

Blogger Josh said...

Geez, just when I thought that I had heard everything. There is quite a difference between a nominal Christian and an actual one. I think Miss Carey (as well as many others) should read James 1 and 2. True faith in Christ produces behavior that corresponds to His character.

10:18 PM  
Anonymous abe said...

this just strikes me as the sort of thing people say when they want to expand their own celebrity. saying you're a christian doesn't generally do that, unless that is the unexpected, as it is with mary. i'd be really surprised if she's really given this much thought. rather, it strikes me as empty justification.

2:28 PM  
Blogger chris said...

I think you're right, Abe. I don't think she is serious. The striking thing is, this is indicitive of how many Christians live their lives. Not simply morally (that is the least of my concerns), but academically, intellectually, socially, etc.

1:55 PM  

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