The Bible vs. Fifty Shades of Grey

It was bound to happen.

According to several news outlets, a hotel has replaced the Bible with Fifty Shades of Grey in all of its rooms.  (In case you’ve been hunting exotic butterflies in the Amazon for the past year, Fifty Shades of Grey is an erotic novel that has taken the world by storm.)

It’s not my purpose here to debate the value–or the curse, depending on your point of view–of erotica.  There are articles and blog posts and reader responses galore all over the Net if you still haven’t made up your mind.  (By the way, there’s also the Bible.  You might want to figure it into your thinking.)  Instead, my purpose is to shine some light on an important truth that is illustrated by this hotel owner’s decision.  It is, quite simply, that man’s greatest temptation is to trade the eternal for the temporal.

Both literally and metaphorically, the Bible represents eternity: an eternal Father, eternal truth, eternal love, eternal hope, eternal life, etc.  Many a soul has landed in a hotel room lost and lonely and beaten down by things that are all too temporary, sensing that there must be something more meaningful out there.  And many a soul has found a connection to that “something more meaningful” by picking up the Bible that someone had thoughtfully placed on the bedside table.

Now, at least in one hotel, that connection to eternity will no longer be there.  Instead, patrons will find Fifty Shades of Grey, a book that offers a deeper connection to that which is temporary and only momentarily fulfilling.  If the hotel owner had simply placed a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey beside the Bible, I probably wouldn’t even be writing this post.  It’s the trade that seems so symbolic to me.

Am I anti-sex?  Anyone who’s read my book, So Much More Than Sexy, knows I’m not.  I just hate to see us trade our birthright for a bowl of soup. 

Let me close by sharing something that happened recently.  I was scrolling through the news feed on my Facebook page and saw a post by a woman I know.  It began with “OMG” (an abbreviation for “Oh my God!”).  I felt my heart break a little bit at such a vain usage of God’s name because I know this woman claims to be a Christian.  Be that as it may, what followed was an exclamation that she had just finished Fifty Shades of Grey and couldn’t wait to read the second book in the series.  I couldn’t help wondering if she had ever read the Bible all the way through, let alone with such enthusiasm.

In the matter of The Bible vs. Fifty Shades of Grey, I’ll cast my lot with the Bible.

For further reflection read 2 Timothy 3:16-17



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2 Responses to The Bible vs. Fifty Shades of Grey

  1. Shannon Costanzo says:

    My parents were a part of the Gideons for many years before he became an ordained ministry. I have seen first hand all of their hard work to place the Bibles throughout Osceola County. They prayed over future souls.
    I left a motel today in Daytona. I did what my parents did on every vacation. I opened the night stand and pulled out the Bible. I opened the Bible to Psalms. I left a tip with a thank you note for the housekeeper beside the opened Bible. I left with the hope that a housekeeper may read the living word.
    A co-worker handed me her phone. It had the book Fifty Shades of Grey on it. She said “You have to read this!!” I read a few lines and felt a pit in my stomach. I gave her phone back without any reply. She gave me her phone back after changing the pages for me to read more. By which time other people joined in on how wonderful the book was. I had to speak now. I handed the phone back and said “that’s not a book I want to read. I’d rather read the Bible”. I received odd faces and rude remarks.
    I learned alot that day. My body is a temple filled with the Holy Spirit. That temple includes my mind. What I put in my mind by reading or listening to music goes into my temple.
    I wonder if those ladies would really keep reading that book if Jesus sat next to them and ask. “Are you reading about how much I love you?”

  2. Randy Whitehead says:

    I guess I am not surprised by this. It was not so terribly long ago that the news media was filled with reports of hotels replacing the Giddeon Bible with Trojan Condoms. But why am I not surprised. Just last night, NBC deleted a beautiful old hymn sung during the Olympic opening ceremony, albeit in a strange setting, with an interview by Ryan Secrest. So, there you go. It is God verses the world I guess. Christians need to be aware, wake up, and see what the world is doing instead of getting sucked down the cesspool of life. Nothing would make Satan happier. BTW, if I find one of those hotels, I think I’ll just ask for my money back.

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