WARNING: This blog contains information that is not suitable for young readers.
If you haven't heard the buzz you must have your head in the sand because the novel (or shall I say word porn) Fifty Shades of Grey is topping the charts and infiltrating the hearts of women everywhere. And Christian women are not immune. Although women are not known for raving about their love of porn, the book sales speak for themselves. Topping the charts, Fifty Shades out sold Grisham, Patterson, and Collins in the first week. The writer uses bondage, domination, sadomasochism and would-be porn to enslave her readers and fill their minds with darkness and lust. When describing her novel, the author E.L. James described it as something that will “obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.” She has given our society exactly what they want: sex, sex, and more sex. Don't be fooled, this erotica will trap your mind and steal your heart the same way watching porn does for a man.
So why are women, even Christian women, flocking to buy this book in drones? A book that glorifies the humiliation and brutality of sadomasochism. I’m not convinced that we fully understand the evil that it is. I think many Christians wish to turn a blind eye to this phenomenon that is gripping our culture today. It’s not new; it’s been around for centuries. It’s named for its creators, Marquis de Sade, who lived a life of deplorable sin in the 1700’s, and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch who lived the same in the 1800’s. Both authors’ writings are considered “Gothic Novels” and are nothing short of reading the thoughts of the devil. One of Sade’s most famous works is a book called 120 Days of Sodom (the title should be a good inclination of its contents) and includes four men gaining sexual pleasure from raping men, women, and children as young as infancy, indulging in incest with their young daughters, flogging, performing sac religious acts including having sex with nuns during Mass, sodomizing girls and boys as young as 3 years old, prostituting their own daughters to the other men and watching the deeds, mutilating the women by cutting off their breasts and other body parts, burning them with hot pokers, regular beatings and whippings, drinking urine and eating feces, skinning children alive, disemboweling pregnant women, burning children, masturbating while teenage girls are tortured to death, vaginal mutilation, and more, all the while achieving orgasm through this heinous acts. This is the man that is being glorified when our society praises a book that embraces sadism. (Note: Sade not only wrote about these evils, but was arrested many times for participating in the torture of many prostitutes and servants in his household). Masoch was a little different in that he enjoyed pain and domination inflicted upon him, usually by larger, more masculine women. Masoch’s most famous writing, Venus in Furs, has been outlawed in many countries and depicts a man who is treated with disdain and brutality by the woman he loves and eventually she hires three other women to join in the domination of the main character. It’s not a joke. It’s not a game.
Our society is embracing a sexual sin that is so debased that the images obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever. WHY would anyone want such horrendous images ingrained in their mind forever? Granted, E.L. James may or may not go to this extreme in her descriptions of Mr. Grey’s sexual appetite, I don’t know. And I won’t know because I will NEVER read this book. I am greatly disturbed by not only the amount of people purchasing the book, but also how they do not put it down. They don’t become ill reading it. But rather they are sexually aroused by it and embrace its concepts. Opening a door to that kind of darkness in your heart is a dangerous thing and I strongly urge everyone DO NOT READ FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. Love God and love your husband more than that. Heck, love yourself more than that. Don’t let something like a popular book come in and steal your heart away, steal your thoughts away. There is no love found in sadomasochism and there is no place for it in Christian marriage. Not only is this book pornographic in nature, but it promotes a type of sexual sin that is void of humanity, void of kindness or love, void of intimacy. Do not be fooled.
God created sex to be something beautiful that brings unity, love, and intimacy between a husband and wife. Not humiliation, shame, and pain. Sex is something to be cherished and treasured. If you’re looking for a book to spice up your sex life, try reading Song of Solomon. God provides a book in the Bible that is an excellent example of what He intended for the joys of God-honoring sex.
Walking in Freedom,
Another great blog on this subject: http://gfcbeautifulblog.com/2012/07/03/what%E2%80%99s-the-fuss-about-fifty-shades-of-grey/
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