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