A friend of mine bought a copy of the book “50 Shades of Grey” because it was on the bestseller list. It didn’t take her long to realize that it was a pornographic material and was compelled to dispose of it.
“Best-selling” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best for us to read.
1 Thes 4:3-6 says ”3 God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. 4 Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor— 5 not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways.”
It doesn’t matter how this book has topped the bestseller lists around the world. It is classified as an erotic novel, with graphic sexual scenes. It’s called “mommy porn” in the U.S. Anything that distorts God’s beautiful design for sex and any attempt on our part to experience sexual pleasure outside the boundaries of marriage is sexual immorality. God’s will is clear. We need to stay away from sexual sin. Impurity and sensuality are the works of the flesh and God’s word tells us to live by the Spirit and not gratify the desires of the flesh.
I won’t even delve anymore on the ill effects of pornography on ourselves, on relationships and on society. Let me make it simple for you: Who is your Lord? Can you read the book and honestly say that God was pleased with your choice?
On a practical level, from the angle of of parenting, I wonder how effective I will be to my children as I constantly teach them to “guard their hearts and minds” if they see me reading such a material.
I pray that I will be like David who said in the Psalms “ I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.”