I love a good romance and chick flick. When I am by myself (or I have the opportunity to indulge in a movie on a long flight), the likes of Pride and Prejudice and any-chick-flick-with-Anne-Hathaway-in-it are my happy companions (along with dark chocolates and a sketch pad).
Yet, as cute as this new movie seems, “Me Before You” is not a movie I’m excited to see.
In fact, I can’t in all good conscience go spend any money or time on this movie.
You see, “Me Before You” has an agenda.
“Me Before You” has an idea it wants you to believe. It wants you to take it in so subtly and sweetly that you barely even realise your mind has been opened. It wants you to take it in and open up your mind just a little bit further to ideas that go against your Christian values.
The Author of “Me Before You” wants you to believe that is okay to for people to choose to kill themselves.
Don’t believe me? Here is a section of a transcript from an interview with the author:
“Interviewer: Me Before You […] raises the idea of euthanasia in a respectful and sensitive light without pushing the reader in one camp or another. How did you manage to write about it in such a neutral way?
Author: I was very clear before I started writing this book that I didn’t want it to take a viewpoint one way or the other; what I wanted the reader to do was examine their own beliefs, and perhaps not to judge choices made by other people in an extreme situation. Using different characters around Will to tell their stories helped me do that.”
It is clear from this statement that the author wants you to think that euthanasia, the voluntary ending of one’s life, is a choice everyone has a right to make – and we have no right to judge them.
It makes me angry. This may seem to you to be a strange choice of story to become enraged over, yet I cannot help it. When writers and producers construct pretty ways to make ideas that go against godly principles seem romantic and attractive – I just can’t help but become angry.
And it’s working. I’ve seen so many Christian girls share this movie on their walls, getting excited about seeing it, or crying in delighted misery over the amazing romance they’ve taken in.
It’s working. Little by little, the author’s purpose in writing this book is being carried out. These ideas are entering the minds of those that fail to put up a filter and open up too far. Little by little, the world is winning.
We must respect that God is the Giver and Taker of life.
“The LORD kills and brings to life; he brings down to the grave and raises up” (1 Samuel 2:6).
It is so incredibly important that we as children of God take control of what we let into our minds. What we let into our minds filter-less is what we will eventually become. It will take over minds and eventually our very beings.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23).
The “healthy in the above verse would be better translated as “single-minded” or “focused on one thing.” When we make the Lord our focus, our whole body will follow along in the light. But if we focus on that which is against Him we cannot be surprised when we start questioning God and taking on board ideas that He does not approve of – however innocuous our trip to the theater may seem.
Don’t be deceived by their clever way of packaging an idea that is so truly repulsive to God and should be repulsive to His children. It’s all done up nicely, but there’s nothing truly romantic about how this story plays out and everything wrong. In fact, the very fact that it is portrayed as a beautiful romance makes it all the more terrible.
Keep your eyes open and your mind awake.
Satan thinks he is clever. He thinks he knows how to package something so prettily we won’t notice it’s subtle influence. “It’s not so bad to kill yourself if it’s for the good of another,” he says soothingly, “look how truly selfless it is.”
But all he offers us are lies.
And we don’t have to let him win our minds.
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
He doesn’t define what selflessness is. While this author portrays her characters as standards of selflessness in their decisions, we have Jesus as the ultimate example.
Jesus is the epitome of love and sacrifice. He gave his life – but He didn’t take it. He has gone before, endured pain, and triumphed. He asks us to do nothing He has not done 100 times over.
He is the true example of how to #liveboldly.