Shades of Grey was released in April. It’s classified as erotica, meaning it “explicitly describes sexual bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism.” Why in the world, then, are women (Christian women included) flocking to read this book?
Scripture gives black and white words about a believer’s thought life. “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8).
If we measure Shades of Grey against this standard, it falls miserably short. There’s nothing grey about what we need to do if we call ourselves Christ’s disciples. Run from evil, flee temptation, and pursue God’s commands—given for our own protection and prosperity.
I’ll begin my fall schedule of speaking at women’s events across Canada shortly. Inevitably women will confide in me about their personal lives. Sadly, some will tell of struggling in the aftermath of extra-marital affairs or promiscuous lifestyles. Some will have the courage to speak of their being addicted to pornography. They’re struggling with guilt and shame, feeling as though they’re wasted and even God can’t use them now.
The good news is—God forgives and cleanses even the stain of our sin. The bad news is—we often pay natural consequences for sinful behavior. Thankfully God, in His mercy, redeems us and can turn ashes into beauty. Sadly, much of this heartache and subsequent growing process could be avoided if we do what He says in the first place.
My heart’s cry for Christian women is to know God’s truth and apply it to their lives. It’s one thing to nod at Scripture on Sunday morning; it’s another to read it regularly and do what it says. In this case, we know what Philippians 4:8 says. Now we need to apply it.
Take a few moments to read other bloggers’ thoughts about Shades of Grey. You’ll even find facts about the influence of lustful thoughts on our brains. Very interesting stuff.
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