Grey: 1. The series of neutral colours ranging between black and white. 2. Black mixed with white.
Immorality: 1. The quality of not being in accord with or adhering to ethical or moral standards or principles.
“Run from sexual sin! Shun immorality and all sexual looseness by fleeing from impurity of thought, word and deed. No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. The person who commits sexual immorality sins against their own body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18
“There’s more to sex than mere skin on skin…We must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever – the kind of sex that can never “become one”. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies – bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for “becoming one” with another. ” 1 Corinthians 6:16-20 (The Message)
I love it when you read something that just stands out to you.
“Once drawn, lines are hard to erase.”
As soon as I read this, I felt the question pop into my mind: where do I draw the line on what is acceptable and pleasing to God and what is not?
If you enjoy reading as much as I do, there’s a chance you might have heard about a book called “50 Shades Of Grey”. You may have even read it.
This blog post is my opinion and I apologise if I offend you with my views. I DO NOT apologise if my views make you think about where you draw the lines in your life.
Written by British author E L James, “50 Shades of Grey” is the first book of the trilogy which tells the story of the relationship between a college graduate called Anastasia Steele and a young businessman by the name of Christian Grey. In the book, virgin Anastasia is required to sign a contract that allows Grey to have complete control of her life. Grey admits that he is a sexual deviant who likes to dominate women into submission.
The reason this book has become so popular and has captivated so many women, being described as “Mummy Porn”, is that, according to Wikipedia, the “kinky nature” of the novel draws readers in, allowing them “freedom to explore new things sexually with their partners”.
Until I started researching for this blog post, I didn’t know what “BDSM” is. It apparently stands for bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism. I don’t even know what some of these words mean. And I don’t want to know.
As a woman of faith in God, striving to live in a closer relationship with Jesus Christ, I can not and will not read this book. I know the reviews are saying things like how “liberating” it is for women and for marriages (yes, even Christian marriages!), but I just don’t see it that way.
The way I see it, God created sex to be the joining of a man and a woman (ok, so I’ve probably offended someone else now), in the most intimate union possible.
Sex is NOT about a contract or partnership between two people defined by the infliction of pain, degradation and humiliation.
You know, I find the title of the book ironic because, in my opinion, there is nothing grey about it.
For me, this issue is black and white. It’s about good versus evil. There’s nothing grey about it.
For me, this issue is about whether or not I am going to draw the lines in such a place in my life that I adhere to a set of moral standards and principles called God’s Word. In time to come I don’t want to be in a position where I have to waste
time, effort, energy tears, erasing lines that should never have been drawn where they were in the first place.
For me, this issue is about fleeing from impurities of word and thought and avoiding something that causes me to violate what God has made sacred.
For me, this issue is about questioning why I would want to read a book that makes me want more from my husband than I am currently receiving or that might cause me to look elsewhere for something I perceive I don’t have.
For me, this issue is about being alert and awake and on guard, with a sober mind, knowing that the enemy, (the devil, Satan or whatever else you might like to call him) is prowling around like a roaring line and sneaking around looking for someone to attack and devour.
In regards to this issue, it won’t be me.