According to many sources there are LOTS of people reading Shades of Grey.
Lots. Of. People.
Like, even people that are sitting in church on Sunday.
That’s really curious to me. Shades of Grey is erotic fiction. As far as I can tell, by the description of erotic fiction and the words of many who are referring to the book as “mommy porn” – that means everybody pretty much knows Shades of Grey is a sleazy novel.
Those who are followers of Christ reading said sleazy novel, know what they are reading and yet say – “What’s the big deal? There’s no harm. Don’t judge me. That’s my business.” I am not judging them, but I do think they need to grow up and have the guts to admit exactly what they are reading and not try to pretend what they are reading is more than what it admittedly is. Just read the blog post written by my friend Dannah Gresh and then spend some time reading the comments (over 250 at last count) from those who are Christ followers and you will see that there are some seriously compromised people out there.
Make no mistake, if you are reading Shades of Grey, you are reading a sleazy novel.
At a very basic level, gross – the last thing any of us need to do is peer into someone else’s bedroom and read about what goes on there in explicit and graphic detail.
At a Godly level, God’s word tells us that we are to think about “whatever” is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable (Philippeans 4:8), that we are not to conform to the world (Romans 12:2) and we are to put off our old selves and not be corrupted by its deceitful desires (Ephesians 4:22).
I don’t get those striving to follow Christ defending reading Shades of Grey. However, if that’s what they are going to do they need to stop kidding themselves – they are reading a sleazy book.
Trying to rationalize it, points out that they lack true wisdom. (Proverbs 4 & 5.)
And yes I am a sinner and I have my own set of issues to deal with daily. But I am also not trying to put lipstick on a pig.
It is what it is and what it is is…sleazy.