“50 Shades of Grey.” Hmm, I wonder what that’s all about, I pondered after my friend told me about it being the craze. I thought, maybe it’s a book appealing to an older generation of women, thus the play on words with grey. I had no clue!
After reading the first few pages and tons of reviews, I got it. Yes grey!
The 50 shades of grey in my life have been the times of the most confusion, compromise, and blatant sin. Well this book is that exactly! Sin.
It’s erotica, also being called “mommy porn.” So pornographic, in fact, a few libraries in Florida have taken it off their shelves, according to NY Daily News.
So why are women, especially Christian women devouring this book? It’s sweeping across the nation, and little grandmas are on waiting lists at local libraries to read it. Why? Because sex sells. Because our culture has twisted it. God is very clear that sex was created for intimacy and love between a husband and wife.
This book no doubt arouses the sexual senses, leaving readers with disturbing images that are difficult, perhaps impossible, to delete. How is this healthy? It’s playing with fire…really!
Be careful little eyes what you see!
Pornography not only interferes with clear (not to mention pure) thinking, it interferes with marriages. It’s fantasy, not reality. It skews sexual expectations, often making them unrealistic. In her book, “The Secrets Women Keep,” Dr. Jill Hubbard, a Christian clinical psychologist, writes about the effects of sexual imagery. Looking at images or reading explicit sexual content causes the body to respond with arousal, which is completely normal. When this occurs we really should be thankful, because it means we’re alive and well, and the way God made us. But Hubbard writes, “addiction occurs from a natural desire to repeat these pleasant sensations. People become addicted to the brain’s neurochemical response, similar to addictions to mood-altering drugs.”
All that to say, it’s easy to become addicted to the feelings achieved while reading or viewing porn.
The Bible is black and white, not grey! It’s clear. Lust is sin. So the best thing to do to prevent it is stay away from it all together. It starts with desire (in the mind), and when desire is conceived it gives birth to sin, and it grows.
“Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards.” Song of Songs 2:15
“Little foxes…ruin the vinyards,” and little sins do harm to a vulnerable heart. He (Christ) hides his face behind your wall of sins, a wall built with little pebbles as easily as large stones. ~Charles Spurgeon
So have I read “50 Shades of Grey?” No. Only the first 3-4 pages. Do I plan to? Absolutely not! I was turned off after reading the profanity in the second sentence.
I get it. We are all adults and can make our own decisions about what we read, or look at for that matter. But if you were considering reading this book, I hope this will discourage you. And if you’d never heard of it, I pray this post won’t present any temptation for you.
I leave you with this.
“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved (brothers and sisters).” ~ James 1:12-16 emphasis added