Fifty Shades of Grey is a popular book which has been made into a movie that was so successful, another is to be released in 2018. I haven’t read the book and don’t intend to. The discussions I have read and heard about the book and movie(s) indicate the story is about lustful, sexual, and perhaps even abusive behavior. The title seems to question how wrong (or slightly wrong) these things could be depending on the circumstance.
Are there shades of wrong/grey?
- What if it involves two adults? Can’t they do as they please,?
- What if it is only a little wrong, or that
- What if I only watch – that’s not as bad as participating, right?
When we buy into the “situational ethics” type excuses, we forget that He wrote His commandments in stone for a reason. They don’t change.
What does God have to say about it?
1) “The things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man.” Matthew 15:18-20a (notice that even evil thoughts are included alongside the murders that defile man.)
2) “Each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.” James 1:14, 15 (notice that the start of sin is our lust.)
3) Romans 1 (paraphrased) the wrath of God will come against everyone who is unrighteous. We have no excuse for not knowing about God because evidence is all around us in His creation. Those denying Him and His truth are foolish. Romans 1:24“God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity”. 26 “God gave them over to degrading passions”, 28 “God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil. 32 those who practice such things are worthy of death, they (who know the ordinance of God) not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.” Romans 1:18-32
God has thoroughly explained it, with no areas of grey.
- When I put those things in my mind, they defile both my mind and my heart.
- When I put lust in my mind, that gives birth to sin.
- When I fill my heart and mind with lustful things, it leads me to give approval to others who do them.
- Impurity, degrading passions, depraved minds, are all of worthy of the wrath of God, and death.
The popcorn example
I do not consider popcorn to be sinful, but simply use it here as an example of how sin tempts us and draws us in. (if you don’t like popcorn, substitute anything that tempts you into the example.)
Consider walking into a room where fresh hot popcorn has just been popped and buttered and the aroma fills the air. When you enter and inhale that first breath, would you notice it and be drawn to it? Would your mouth begin to anticipate how delicious it would be and water for it? How long would you be able to resist? Would you even anticipate it before you walk into a movie theater, with plans to have some?
If popcorn were sinful, knowing the dire consequences, how should we handle those temptations?
- We can choose to stay away from the enticement of the popcorn. (Stay away from the temptation and unrighteousness.)
- We can look through a window and not inhale the aroma. (Come near enough to just watch but not participate.)
- Join the crowd who eagerly devour it and believe there is no harm in it. (Not believe the Word of God.)
I have made my decision, and also encourage you to “not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead (saved) and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” Romans 6:12, 13
Father in heaven,
we see Your presence all around us in Your marvelous creation.
Help us to see clearly Your desire to protect us
from the danger of being enticed by the things in the world.
Help us to discern Your truth and
not be misled by those things that encourage us to go against that truth.
Thank You for giving us Your word, and
equipping us to live in the world
without being like the rest of the world.
In Jesus’ name,
If the movie is about paint chips, I apologize. As always, I invite your comments.