Shades of Grey

Unless your head has been in the sand lately, you’ve probably heard about the new movie (based on a bestselling novel) called Fifty Shades of Grey. I have not read it or watched the movie. And I definitely don’t recommend that you do either.

Basically it is an erotic story of an unmarried couple practicing explicit bondage, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism. It’s not just about sex. It is certainly not about romance. It is about emotional abuse and sexual violence. And if my facebook newsfeed is any indication, it is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year.

Now I am not passing judgment on non-Christians. If you are reading this and you are not a Christian, I am not talking to you.

But, my sisters and brothers, if you claim to be a follower of Christ, I am talking to you.

I saw this headline today: “Bible Belt excited for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’” – the states in the Bible belt are hugely surpassing pre-sales from what was anticipated.  What a disgrace. This is just laughable, an invitation for mockery from the unbelieving world.

Sisters, brothers, here’s what I have to say on the matter: there is no shade of grey when it comes to sin. Look at this color shade chart.

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Imagine that the white side is 100% good. The black side is 100% evil. So does that mean the shades in between are okay to dabble in?  Does the Christian have any liberty to be prancing around in the grey areas?

Either something is 100% true, good, and pure OR it is evil. There is no continuum or shades of grey between evil and good. One tiny step towards the dark side is evil. If something is only 99.9% good, then it is sinful and evil. There is no room for compromise.

1 Thessalonians 5:5 – Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 – Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Ephesians 5:8 – For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

Ephesians 5:11 – And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

I’m sure there are more verses. But you get the point. Don’t flirt with the dark side. Stay far from it. One step away from the pure white and you are into enemy territory. Do not step out of the safe zone. Don’t be enticed towards the lightest shade of grey.

Don’t play that game.

Proverbs 4:23 – Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

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