Fifty Shades of Sin – The Dangers of “50 Shades of Grey”

I logged onto Facebook this morning, ready to see what my friends had been up to, and hoping that there might have been a scene from “The Hobbit” released, but what greeted me was very depressing. Post after post from people gushing over the new trailer for the film “50 Shades of Grey”. People sharing the trailer. Sharing their excitement for this apparently amazing film. Adults, teens even, freaking out about it. Why was this disturbing?

For the uninformed, “50 Shades of Grey” is a best-selling novel that has been labelled by some as “soft-porn” or “mommy-porn”. The book gives detailed descriptions of sex outside of marriage, and not only that, it also portrays what can be called an abusive relationship that is glorified. Some people hide behind the excuse that some couples enjoy the kind of… *ahem* activities described in the book, but many have pointed out that what happens in the story is not even “consensual” by usual standards.

And you might think that a story promoting sex outside of marriage, abuse (don’t let the softened term “BDSM” throw you off), and general sleaziness would generally be avoided by Christians. Right? Right? Well guess again, because the vast majority of my friends on Facebook are strong Christians, and I have read reviews from Christians who gush over the story. This trend is disturbing for multiple reasons, and it shocks me that  so many Christians have no issue with what this story is about.

It glorifies sin. I mean, it should be kind of obvious. The two main characters aren’t married, and yet engage in activities that the Bible says are to be reserved for marriage. And this book is read and touted by the very same Christians who say that “Sex should be saved for marriage!” and “Pornography is bad!” I totally agree with them on those two points, but… Double standard much?

It twists and distorts the beauty of physical intimacy. Now, I am not married, and I don’t plan on being so for at least a few more years, but I do understand God’s intentions in this area. When physical intimacy takes place in marriage, it is supposed to be a sacred act, one that brings two people closer together due to mutual trust. But in “50 Shades of Grey”, not only does this intimacy take place outside of marriage, it is done through abuse, pain, and general violence.

It places images in people’s minds. Sure, they may be just words, but if you are anything like me, you like to picture what you are reading like a movie in your head. And when it comes to stories like this, that means dangerous waters. The book is called porn by most, even it’s promoters. And yet many Christians read it and claim that “it doesn’t affect them”. As much as I would love to believe them, I honestly don’t think that they are being entirely truthful. Sure, it might not seem like it is affecting you, but little by little, you are going to see what kind of things you start thinking about when you are reading books like “50 Shades of Grey”.

Of course, there are a multitude of other reasons, but what it boils down to is this: Trash in, trash out. “50 Shades of Grey” is trash, plain an simple. It’s pornographic, it promotes abuse, and you’ll likely find more depth and morality in a paperback romance on the store shelf. And when you put that sort of stuff into your mind and heart, it will eventually affect what comes out of your mouth and the way you act. Too many Christians start out on a dangerous path by reading books like this, and soon they find themselves in a pit that there seems to be no way out of. So if you have been considering this as a possible read, you will want to find something different to immerse yourself in.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jessica
    Dec 16, 2014 @ 10:08:59

    Yes, yes, yes! No truer words have been written in shall we call it a “review”, of this book. Glad to know somebody is on the same page I am.



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