50 Shades of Grey and Our Walk With God

I have been reluctant to write this post because I did not want to offend anyone. However by not writing this post I am stifling some very emotional thoughts that I have on the subject and that I believe everyone should consider when deciding what they read or watch. 

As most of you know there is a huge excitement over 50 Shades of Grey. What is the excitement about? 

In one word: sex. 

In a longer description: A fictional man to fantasize over that enjoys whips and what not during sex that happens several times over the course of the book. I believe I've also heard dysfunctional relationship in the several book reviews that I've read. 

It has been called mild porn. Honestly, does it matter what kind of porn it is? Mild or not the word "porn" is still in the description. 

Why are women overly excited about this? 

Now before you get all defensive about this book that you may dearly love right now, let me ask you one simple question. 

How has this improved your walk with God? 

Are you stumbling over your reasoning? Deciding to leave this blog? 

1 John 2:15-17 says, "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world- the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does- comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever (New International Version)."

The cravings of sinful man...

Do these worldly things you love create a craving in you to want even more of the world? 

If so, the world is winning you over. 

What we choose to do in our lives can bring us closer to God and can create a deeper relationship with Him than we ever imagined. The problem is that these worldly things tend to get in our way. We become consumed with worldly thoughts. Thoughts that take us away from God. Thoughts that encourage us to sin. 

In my last Biblical college class that I took we had to define sin in our own words. After researching sin, this is what I came up with:

Sin is an action, non-action, word, thought or feeling that makes us push away from God. Sin creates a distance between God and an individual. It is disobedience to God’s word, to a person’s relationship with Him.”

How does reading Fifty Shades of Grey affect your actions, your words, your thoughts and your feelings? Does it draw you closer to God? 

I highly doubt it. 

Will we always choose correctly in this world in order to live a life that reflects Christ? No. We will all struggle. There is not a person on the face of this earth that is perfect. We will all sin. We will all make mistakes. 

However, the choice is yours on whether to make the right decisions in the eyes of God, not in the eyes of this world. 

Is the world winning you over? Are you actively seeking out a life that lets Christ shine through you? 

It begins with the small choices. The small choices as simple as what you decide to read. It affects your life therefore it will affect your walk with God. 

I choose to shine for God. I choose to allow Him to live through me. I choose Christ over the world. 



3 comments

  1. Shelbey, on the bright side, those that share your view definitely don't read the book, which is good.
    I, however, wanted to know what all the fuss was about. I read the book. It was terrible written--like a 5th grader. It took me all of four hours to read it. And while it certainly didn't have any Christian (no pun intended, that's the main character's name) undertones, it did make me more thankful for my own husband, which I know God smiled upon. I'm blessed with a loving husband who's faithful, emotionally secure and "normal."

    Though people who go crazy over the book are nuts. End of story. :o)

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    1. Avery,

      I am glad that you were able to not get drawn into the book and that you realized how blessed you are with a good husband. :) I've heard the relationship in the book is quite dysfunctional. Which is why I wonder why women are swoon over Christian in the book. Hopefully no one actually seeks out a dysfunctional relationship.

      Thank you for respecting my opinion too. :)

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  2. Yes, the relationship is disgusting. I hope that women who read the book realize a strong relationship is built on everything that book forgets to mention. And I'm sickened to hear they might be making a movie out of the book? How is that even possible. Gross.

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