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Sunday, February 15, 2015

50 Shades of Hades

Do not be deceived . . .  Galatians 6:8
I remember a story – fictitious I’m sure – of a grandmother who baked brownies for her 8-year-old grandson. The mouth-watering aroma of chocolate filled the entire house.

“Those smell delicious,” her grandson said, eyes wide and sparkling. “What’s in them?”

Grandma smiled, “Chocolate, some sugar, flour, a little salt, eggs, and just a speck of dog poop. Not more than a half a teaspoon.”

“Ewwwwww!” Her grandson backed away from the pan. “UUghhh!”

“Do you not want any?”

“No way!” he said, vigorously shaking his head.

“But you’ll never taste the dog poop. It’s just a little bit mixed in with all this good tasting chocolate and sugar and flour.”

I have been reading lately on the social networks and some of the online news outlets about a movie based on a book by the same name. I suspect you’ve heard of it too, “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

I understand why some who do not know the beauty of Christ would pay to see what I hear is pornography on steroids, but what absolutely confuses me is why those who call themselves Christians would even toy with the idea of seeing the movie or reading the book.

Package filth in the sweetest of chocolates, and it remains filth.

“Do not be deceived,” the Holy Spirit solemnly warns, “God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:8)

We will always reap what we sow: corruption or beauty, heartache or hope, emptiness or joy, death or life. This law of the spirit is as absolute as the law of gravity. Mock either one, and we lose.

Every time.


Barb Schoeneberger said...

This fascination with a novel I haven't read and don't intend to reminds me of the titillation of Henry Miller's "The Tropic of Cancer" which was originally published in France in 1934 and came out in the United States in 1961. It was the cause of obscenity trials and many adults salivated over getting their hands on a copy, many of them Christians. This behavior shows how underdeveloped our society is in the knowledge and purpose of chastity, and also how "everybody else is doing it" is the mantra ruling our culture. Books like these only serve to promote the narcissism in our world and the disregard for the sacredness of every person. This Lent maybe we should all step up our acts of self-denial to atone for the sins caused by the book and the movie.

George @ Convert Journal said...

Good story and spot on summary.

Yet so people persist in rejecting "God's way" for their own leading to anger, despair, divorce and suicide. They do have a choice.

Rich Maffeo said...

Barb, I think we are not so much underdeveloped regarding chastity as we are devolved from chastity. And I think our devolvement can be traced DIRECTLY to the time when artificial birth control became the standard in many Protestant churches, as it did outside those churches. We removed sex from responsibility and from the confines of family.

I did not think that the case, even after I became a Catholic, but as I see the demonic moral mess our nation is in, it makes more and more sense.

And so few seem to even care anymore.

Rich Maffeo said...

Yes, George. We DO have a choice. I just wish I'd hear it more often from those charged to lead the Church.