Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Fifty Shades of Grey. . . . Deconstructing the Buzz. . . or, What's a Christian To Do???
This morning I've been trying to sort out the response to yesterday's post. I can't help but think that we all need to take a deep breath and think about Abraham Kuyper's amazingly-accurate summary statement regarding the Lordship of Christ over all of life, including our thoughts, our reading, and our sexuality. It serves as a helpful and ever-present reminder for me in every nook and cranny of my own life. Kuyper said this: “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, 'Mine!'” Then, we need to think about what's Christ's emphatic claim means for how we engage with Fifty Shades of Grey (or any other book, film, TV show, etc. for that matter) and those trying to sort our their own response.
Today, I'd love to hear from you regarding the buzz around Fifty Shades of Grey. We shouldn't at all be surprised by the book's draw. But is there something surprising about the book's draw among Christian women. . . both young and old? What is happening or not happening in their lives that makes the book so attractive? Have we failed to teach discernment and if so, what do we need to do to reverse this trend? Am I making something out of nothing? Go ahead. . . . comment.
I'm not so sure that the biggest problem here is the book Fifty Shades of Grey. This kind of stuff has always existed and in a broken world, and sadly it will continue to exist. Our greater concern should be in regards to the widespread appeal and the ready acceptance, and even the willingness to engage in secretly reading the book. . . an indication that the reader knows that there's something that's just not right about what they're doing. We're now talking about mainstream stuff. This isn't some dark corner or fringe. And as one who studies youth culture I wonder. . . . what will middle school-aged readers do with this? Or, what will this do to middle school-aged readers. The most pressing issue is the heart that's drawn to and shaped by this stuff.
One last question. . . does anyone know why the self-centered and sexually dominant main character was named "Christian"?
Here's an interesting little clip to get you thinking. . . .