Allow me to be grey. And by “grey,” I mean VAGUE.
If you’re response to the title of this blog was to keep reading because you are interested in what I have to say about you-know-which book, you probably already know too much.
Let’s be honest, the book you’re thinking of is absolutely everywhere, and unfortunately there is very little “grey” about what you know. If you are like me, you already know what the book is about. You probably know what the cover looks like. You might even know a good portion of the story line. You also know who of your Facebook friends has been reading it. And finally, you probably know enough to conclude that you should not be reading it.
A month ago, I had never heard of the books that shall not be named. Today, I could tell you more about them than I care to admit. I have not read them. I’ve never paged through them. I didn’t read a summary or book review on Amazon. Nope, I can’t credit any of those sources for my knowledge.
So where did I learn about the book? Other Christians who were declaring their stance against it. Other Christians who felt called to warn their readers of the impure nature within the pages of that book. Other Christians who spread the word through Facebook, blogs, online comments, and Twitter that the book is nothing more than X-rated entertainment for women.
Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the warning. Sometimes it is useful to know a little bit about parts of the entertainment business that are sucking in the hearts of those around us. Perhaps what is most alarming and thought-provoking about this particular book is the large and enthusiastic following it has attracted.
And you know how people are: If a crowd gathers around a scene, we want to work our way inside to see what all the fuss is about.
But as I said before, I know too much. My guess is that you know too much, as well. I saw the crowd gathering, and I heard a gentle warning from a woman who kept her distance. Sadly, that gentle warning spiked enough of my curiosity that I snuck over to the edge of the crowd to hear more of the details. I thought, “Hey, these are people I know and trust, people who believe the things I believe, so surely it can’t hurt to get this close.”
But maybe it can hurt.
You can’t un-read what you’ve read. You can’t un-see what you’ve seen. First Corinthians 6:18 says, “Flee from sexual immorality…” FLEE. Colossians 3:5 says, “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” Put to death.
Scripture is full of firm warnings against sexual immorality. We are to flee from it. RUN! Put it to death! If we see a crowd gathered around something that is WIDELY known as sexually immoral, what should we do?
By indulging our curiosity, we are indulging the desires of the flesh. The consequences of this indulgence will hurt in ways you may not realize. It might be as simple as building a judgemental spirit towards those that are embracing the sexually immoral nature. (Is it possible that just reading the title of this post had you thinking judgemental thoughts?) It might lead your mind away from what is pure and inspire your imagination to take you places that are JUST as sexually immoral as the book I am speaking of above. It might lead you to bring the topic up in conversation for the sake of gossip and worldly conversation and draw others into the temptation of this curiosity.
So I plead with you: If you care to warn others of the dangers of sexually immoral idols, like a book or other forms of entertainment, do so in a way that is as GREY as can be. Simply stating, “I know enough to know that it is sexually immoral, and we are to flee from it,” is a great place to start it and end it. Anything more, I believe, is keeping what is sexually immoral alive, whether you realize it or not.