Have you read the book “Fifty shades of grey?” I must admit, I have heard of it, but have no idea what it’s about. I know there is some controversy about it, and believe that some Christians have condemned it because of the sexual nature of the story, but that’s all I know.

It came as a complete surprise to read “how it encourages sexual deviance, glorifies violence against women and totally perverts the meaning of love” (http://www.themonastery.org/blog/2015/03/fifty-shades-of-sin/). It really sums up the state of society when you read that over a million copies of the book have been sold, and that the movie grossed $85 million on its debut (http://www.goodfight.org/a_v_fifty_shades_of_sin.html).
How do you react when you learn that something that encourages sexual deviance and glorifies violence against women is so acceptable in society? Sexual sin is acceptable! Sexual sin is glorified and celebrated. Sexual sin makes millions!

But does that make it right?

The definition of “shades of grey” is “the fact of it not being clear in a situation what is right and wrong” according to the Cambridge dictionary online (http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/shades-of-grey). Am I missing something here? A book that portrays sexual deviance and glorifies violence against women has a title that says that it is not clear whether it is right or wrong! When did sexual deviance become right? When did violence against women become right?

Solomon – arguably the wisest person who ever lived (who wrote most of the Proverbs, and probably Ecclesiastes) – said:

“there is no one who does not sin …”

1 Kings 8:46 (NIV)

The apostle John – the last surviving apostle, who had spent time with Jesus Himself – said:

“If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves …”

1 John 1:8 (NIV)

The Bible is clear – there are no fifty shades of sin. It’s either right or wrong. If it’s sin, it’s wrong! It’s clear! It’s black or white – there’s no grey!

Society sells us Fifty Shades of Grey, and persuades us that there are fifty shades (or more) of sin. Sexual deviance might be right, and violence against women might be alright at some level – right? Wrong!

we are only fooling ourselves …”

1 John 1:8 (NIV)