Shark Attack 

I walked into the living room this evening to find Fionnuala and Adam watching a movie called ‘Sharknado’. You may have heard of it but not during Oscars week. The plot basically surrounds a series of freak tornadoes hitting Los Angeles and depositing a shedload of man eating sharks on the unsuspecting public. Shark + Tornado = Sharknado. Get it?

It ‘stars’ (for want of a better word) Tara Reid from ‘American Pie’ and that annoying bloke out of ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ with the curly blonde hair. Steve, I think. Or was it Dylan? Anyway I doubt that the movie was a career highlight for any of them but I suppose it paid a few bills.

If the acting is bad, wait until you hear the storyline. At one point an actress is plucked from a helicopter high above the city by a ravenous, airborne Jaws lookalike. She’s a goner for sure right? Wrong! Ten minutes later our hero, Steve, dives headlong into a shark as it plummets towards earth in order to push his teenage daughter out of the way. Double trouble!

But rest assured as the next scene shows him cutting his way out of the shark’s belly with a chainsaw that he just happened to pick up along the way. And clambering out behind him, covered in shark intestines, is the girl who had, seemingly a lifetime ago, been grabbed from the helicopter. Sharktastic!!


All this caused great hilarity in the Black household. The special effects looked like they cost around £5.50 and a few rolls of duct tape. It was Z-list made for TV celluloid trash. And how we loved it! Adam was delighted to hear that ‘Sharknado’ is now a five movie franchise. There is obviously a market for this trash. The mind boggles. 

It really was one of those ‘so bad it’s good’ movies which we have all secretly enjoyed while admitting  nothing of the sort to our movie afficiando friends. A guilty pleasure which we will take to our graves rather than fess up to the ridicule of our peers. And where is  the harm in that? Nobody gets hurt and in the event of a real life airborne great white invasion we are streets ahead of our neighbours when it comes to chances of survival.

Guilty pleasures. That extra helping of dessert. That new dress you have been eyeing up in the sales for weeks. That new must have gadget that you just have to get your hands on. Again, no great drama as long as you hit the gym the following day or make sure your credit bill is paid at the end of the month. 

Where guilty pleasures do become a problem though is when they take our eyes off God and the path he has laid out in front of us. When they create barriers between Him and us and become idols that we covet and worship. When they replace God at the centre of our lives. That extra glass of wine after dinner every night that eventually becomes a bottle. Then two.

Or that harmless online friendship that over time slides into inappropriate, sinful behaviour. It is then that the guilt outweighs the pleasure and your moral compass starts to go into serious freefall. Before you know it you are lifted off your feet and blown away into your own personal tornado of shame and despair. 

Don’t go there. It’s not a nice place. And believe me I know as I’ve been there. Who knows how many times King David admired Bathsheba from his palace rooftop before he invited her over for dinner. It was his guilty pleasure. Nobody else knew about it. What harm was a little peek?

But the seed had been sown and before he knew it David was an adulterer and a murderer. His moral compass was doing loop the loops and the more he tried to dig his way out of it, the worse it got for him. It cost him his son. And almost his very soul. Check out Psalm 51 if you don’t believe me.

If it can happen to the mighty King David, a man after God’s own heart, then it can certainly happen to you or me. Subtly, gradually, almost without us being aware of it. Then BAM!! Satan has his hooks well and truly lodged in our hearts and it’s game over. 

So enjoy that extra slice of pizza now and again. But when it comes to the bigger issues, know your limits. Know when to say no. And have Christian friends around you who you can be accountable to. Identify your weaknesses and vulnerabilities and prepare strategies to counter enemy attacks. Because that’s where he will be coming at you from. Trust God to guide you through the trials and temptations. For he sees into the deepest recesses of your heart.

Now does anybody know where I can rent ‘Sharknado 2’?

2 Samuel 11:2 -3 ‘One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful and David sent someone to find out about her.’

What is your ‘so bad it’s good’ movie?

Have you any other guilty pleasure?

How do you focus on God every day?

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    1. Almost not worth the watch TBH. Well, many find it a good watch. So this is my own opinion haha, give it a shot, but don’t blame me if you fall asleep half way through… twice. lol

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  1. I like a variety of movie genres so can’t pick one. lol My guilty pleasure is tiramisu. I only buy a slice or two because I will eat it until I’m ill hahaha. I stay focused on God everyday by praying, and talking to Him all day. I find myself praying to the point where if someone is talking to me, they will ask if I am listening lol. Yes, I am listening to God hahaha.

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  2. As my Pastor would say…you can’t stop a bird from landing in your hair but you sure can keep it from making a nest. As Christians we NEED TO READ and meditate daily on the Word…We have clearer vision when we stay plugged in…when the Word is fresh each day. It’s like our minds become veiled if we stay away from meditating and praying daily. The schism between the world and the Word grows greater and more punctuated each day…resist the devil and he shall flee…listening to the Holy Spirit is ALWAYS the right thing. He speaks to us and tells us stuff is not good for us…pray and obey.

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  3. What a powerful thesis–that our “guilty pleasures” can turn us from God if we aren’t careful. I’ve felt the slippage, felt the “oh, it’s fine, I pray nightly” mentality. It is dangerous, and I don’t desire to continue down that road (hence my current blog challenge). Thank you for this word.

    As for guilty pleasure TV, it has to be ghost shows–Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Witness, etc.

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  4. I am not Christian, but I do love your posts, all of them even if I don’t hit the like button on every one or comment I have read most of them if not all of them by now. I hope one day to have a blog as captivating as yours. That being said, I hope not offend anyone with this:
    As stated, I am not Christian. While my reigns may be significantly looser than that of a Christian, so to speak, this post really spoke volumes to me, I have strayed from my faith many times for something as little as a movie. My family is super Christian// Catholic depending on the side. For a couple years, After having come out to my uncle who is a pastor, he actually made me feel ashamed for my having chosen a different path in faith, so for two or three years, I practiced in secret. Denying my entities publicly. Because someone said I should be ashamed. I never said I didn’t believe in God, on the contrary, I believe he exists. I may not follow him directly, but I do feel comfortable enough with him, to pray to him for a family at work, if they are absolutely against my gods watching over their loved ones. I always ask for a passing loved one if I may put a charm in their room, and ask a death god to watch them until their god comes for them, usually the families say “Yes, what’s wrong with extra protection.” Before accepting my Robes as a Priestess I went again to my uncle, for some reason craving his blessing… He had since accepted me and decided I probably wasn’t going to hell for following a pretty peaceable religion. But there have been things that have made me falter, and shake. I.E – Non-Violence… this one is the hardest for me, sometimes, because when people hurt the ones I love, I want to hurt them. Even those thoughts, whether acted upon or left to settle, must be repented for. I could even be ripped of a title if I act on such thoughts.
    Also, we believe in keeping the body clean, and pure. I can’t tell you how many times, I was “punished” for not peeling my grapes. 😛

    Slightly off topic, I suppose, I only meant that everyone can stray from what they believe in for the smallest things.

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    1. It’s great that you read and enjoy my blog. That’s really encouraging to me as I don’t angle it at solely Christian audience. I try to inject realism and humour rather than ram my beliefs down people’s throats. I’ve been a non-Christian way longer than I have been a non-Christian so I see both sides of the coin. I am far from perfect and led a very sinful life for many years. I still stumble and fall and it is a constant learning curve.

      What faith do you practice?

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  5. P.S. As for Guilty pleasure movies- Any thing Asian, IE House of Flying Daggers, and anything like True Blood or Being Human.

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      1. aaahhhhhh, I dont like either of those shows they annoy me hahahahaha, but i do fancy a good zombie flick… except zombies vs strippers. NEVER watch that… ever… unless you want to lose brain cells.

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  6. Sharknado has been a joke in our family forever – never seen any of them.
    For a long time I was looking too far inward and it wasn’t until I started my morning bible reading and journaling that I was able to put my eyes back on Him

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  7. * NO need to post this comment just Wondering if i can link back to this piece in a post it gave me an idea for a new post. if not THat is completely fine. i couldnt find a contact spot for you to ask in another way. 😀 *

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        1. No problem and thank you. It was really interesting about your faith and learning more about it. We come at it from different angles but love lies at the heart of what we both believe. I was raised to respect other faiths and in Northern Ireland many have died during a religion fuelled conflict. Are you American? Are there many that practice your faith in the USA?

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          1. I am American. there are a few Shinto here… but Buddhism is “more popular”, I don’t think there are any actual shrines in America, that aren’t private family shrines. I do get a lot of flak for it because I am white. And Many are like ” Shinto is made up. For anime” MMM nope, its parents are buddhism and confucian .. are those fake? “NO…” “your logic fails. I can believe in unicorns and it be considered a religion by definition.”

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  8. Amen!! And since you asked when I was younger my b rated movie was the Godzilla movies. Yes, I am dating myself! 🙂 Today I do not watch many movies or television, but I will admit my guilty pleasure has been Downton Abby and ER ( a show in the States about ER doctors in Chicago. – I still watch the reruns) My guilty pleasure is now with crafts (buying fabrics) and reading, always saying when I enter crafts and book stores I black out until I find myself at home with bags of my purchases. lol It is easy on how to stay focused on God – through bible journaling (new hobby where we now get creative in a bible just for journaling); being in the Word daily and keeping my appointment with God for daily morning worship and most importantly throughout the day I go to Him with whatever the day brings. God bless your day!

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