“Me too” cry hundreds of thousands of women across our nation who have become fed up with silently tolerating the male mistreatment, disrespect, and abuse within their professional and personal lives.
But after a long day of protesting, women are laying down their signs and opinions and are flocking by the millions to purchase their tickets for the final chapter in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy – a series that idolizes a controlling, abusive, domineering male figure over his sexual conquests (including his newlywed wife).
And even though the Me Too Movement has deemed such abuse as unacceptable, women have the notion to call Fifty Shades of Grey a romance. I suppose that is why the movies are always scheduled to release around Valentine’s Day.
Some may argue that the difference between the Me Too movement and Fifty Shades of Grey is that one is unwanted advances while the other is a conceptual agreement. But I would argue that the only notable difference between the two is that one is intolerance for permitting someone to disrespect women, while the other is extoling the disrespect of women.
Fifty Shades of Grey is misguiding women in our society to believe that this dominating, dysfunctional relationship is acceptable and normal. But even worse, they have convinced women that this kind of man-woman, husband-wife relationship is to be glorified. And that somehow disrespect for another and oneself can align with the definition of love.
While this series depicts one writers opinion of love, the Bible depicts something profoundly different.
“Love does not dishonor others.” – 1 Corinthians 13:5
“Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.” – 1 Corinthians 13:6
“Love always protects.” – 1 Corinthians 13:7
These are just some Biblical principles of love. It’s the same love Christ demonstrates for His people and it’s the standard by which we should measure love and reflect love.
Ladies, we are called to have a sound mind. And this sound mind can only be nurtured by sound doctrine. What are you feeding your spirit? Are you feeding it with the false teachings of the world or planting yourself in the truth of God’s Word? God is love. Unlike the deceiving, wealthy publishing company owner, Mr. Grey, God authored the story of love and personifies authentic, genuine, holy, perfect love.
“Just as the father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.” – John 15:9
Don’t feed into the lie. Fifty Shades of Grey leaves a taste of unfulfillment and empty promises – just like the empty promise the serpent fed to Eve. She bit into that lie and separated herself from God’s perfect design. Instead, hold steadfast to the truth of God’s love and “taste and see that the Lord is good.” -Psalm 34: 8.
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