“Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals’” (1 Corinthians 15:33). This is what I tell girls who meet bad boys and think they can influence them to be good. They invite them to church, play gospel music in their presence and seek to constantly talk about the Lord. But will their holy inundation really bless the hell out of the bad boy? Well, it seems like the movie “I’m in Love with a Church Girl” thinks so. The movie is described as “a powerful, inspiring story of the love between a man and a woman, a gift of second chances, and family at home and in church that never stop praying and believing.
“The film stars international rap and hip hop star Jeff ‘Ja Rule’ Atkins (‘The Fast and the Furious’), Adrienne Bailon (The Cheetah Girls), Michael Madsen (‘Reservoir Dogs’), Toby Mac (dcTalk), Martin Kove (‘Rambo’, ‘The Karate Kid’), Stephen Baldwin (‘The Usual Suspects’), hip hop artist T-Bone, and Vincent Pastore (‘Good Fellas’, ‘The Sopranos’). From gospel star Israel Houghton and Pastor Galley Molina, the film is based on true events in Pastor Galley’s life.” Watch the trailer, but beware that the film is rated PG for thematic elements (selling drugs), a scene of violence (with guns), some suggestive content and brief language.”
Perhaps I’m wrong that Adrienne Bailon’s character believes her holy inundation can and does change the bad boy, played by “Ja Rule”; I didn’t have the chance to see the film before its national release this Friday, October 18, and there is only so much that you can tell from a trailer, but I do know this: In order to “… let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven,” you must be prepared so you don’t position yourself where “bad company corrupts good morals” (Matthew 5:16; 1 Corinthians 15:33). So you aren’t swayed to the bad side and you are the one doing the influencing, you must put on the whole armor of God; walk after the Spirit so you won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh; be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove; and don’t think you are so strong that you don’t have to be on guard (Ephesians 6:11, Galatians 5:16; Matthew 10:16; 1 Corinthians 10:12). Being suited according to God’s Word prepares us to engage folks in the world so we aren’t sucked into the world. Our salt doesn’t lose it savor and we don’t hide our light under a basket (Matthew 5:13-15).
Though I recommend you see “I’m in Love with a Church Girl” because it seems like a good feel good movie with elements of reality and you need to know if my speculation is correct, I want you to make sure you are well suited to help impact this world for Jesus Christ by taking this week’s challenge.
Take a Risk Challenge: See “I’m in Love with a Church Girl” and examine it against the above scriptures to see how you can effectively love an incorrigible rebellion. Loving someone who seems like they are impossible to change by using God’s methods is truly a radical act of love.