Don't Fade to Grey
I've never read the book or seen the movie, but it sounds to me like Mr. Grey is appropriately named. The little bits of information that I've learned about him are that he is very wealthy, does what it takes to get what he wants and has a penchant for... well, I imagine you know that all ready.
I think of his character as being very worldly. And I think of the world as being very grey.
The subtle erasing of the line between black and white, right and wrong, has wrought increasing chaos in every aspect of our society; touching every life in one way or another. Yes, there have always been darker elements of society, but they are no longer held in check.
It happened ever so slowly, but battle lines were drawn. Some that come immediately to mind? Pornography springs to the forefront in light of current movie controversy. Human trafficking. Racism. A woman's right to choose. Political correctness. "YOLO!" And the list goes on.
Images that we have had pounded into our brains have left us desensitized.
Things that once shocked the majority of our society have become very commonplace. And with each passing generation the shade of grey grows darker. The eye candy glows brighter. The tolerance level of what's okay grows higher.
The balance has slowly been shifting.
We may "tsk, tsk" from time to time, but for the most part, we just turn our heads and look the other way. Better to over look it than take a stand and make waves. It's easier to succumb to the theory that "it's just the way things are now" than to fight the "powers that be" and make a change.
When we become desensitized, we grow complacent.
I'm stepping up on my soap box now in hopes my voice will carry through the ever-thickening fog, rise above the den of the croaking frogs begging for a kiss, and will resonate in your very soul.
This is important!
There's a battle to be won! We are all soldiers for one side or the other whether we want to admit it or not.
We can not leave it up to "the powers that be." We have been duped by a cunning adversary since the days of Adam and Eve. He has carefully formed and worked into shape his dastardly plan.
If God is real, so is the devil.
And he has been working hard since time here on earth began to blur right and wrong into what's right only for himself! His one goal is to pull us further and further away from God. Taking us down a path so ridden with darkness that he hopes we'll never find our way back.
If you are a follower of Jesus, he may not be able to pull you completely off the path into the muck and mire (and he can never have your soul) but he will try. Because he wants to keep you from the life God has planned for you.
God has a plan for all of us, but will not force us to follow it. Then, we would be no more than puppets on a string. Forced love is not love at all. Free will is what it's all about.
God wants us to choose His way, but He won't make us. He has given us guidelines in the Bible to live by, but the choice to do so is ours.
Don't fade to grey!
It's my plan to share those guidelines in future posts, but for now I will leave you with a verse from the Bible that will provide you with enough ammunition to take a stand.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable ~ if anything is excellent or praiseworthy ~ think about such things. ~Philippians 4:8