“Fifty Shades of Grey” – A Challenge

by hamiltonmj1983

A few people, including a good personal friend, have mentioned to me that I shouldn’t make judgements about “Fifty Shades of Grey” without first reading the book (if you missed it, I posted a blog about the book here). I would like to take a couple of minutes to respond and offer a challenge to those who feel that way.

First off, I want to make it clear that I am approaching this book as a Christian. I am concerned with whether or not this book is a good and edifying thing for Christians to engage with. I am not concerned with whether or not the book is “good” literature (although many question the value of Twilight fan fiction and wonder why it is on the best seller lists).

Without reading the entire book I obviously cannot judge the writing quality or the story line, so if that had been my goal my critics would be absolutely correct. My problem was that in each and every excerpt that I read, I found explicit sexual content that had no redeeming value. For those who don’t think I should cast judgment on a book without reading it, I guess that you could say that I am not – I am casting judgment on specific content within said book.

I do wonder, and I don’t mean to belittle anyone’s opinion, but if someone judged a 2-hour pornographic film to be inappropriate and unsuitable to watch, would they be overstepping their bounds by recommending other Christians to not watch it? I have to wonder what is making this book any different.

This is my challenge to any and all who read this blog but completely disagree with me (and I surely don’t expect everyone to agree with me, so I hope to get some responses!): Answer a couple simple questions!

(a) Why do you disagree with me?

(b) How is “Fifty Shades of Grey” edifying for Christians? How does it build them up, make them stronger? What is good and righteous about the book? (I’m not saying that all reading material has to be all of these things, but I’d hope that for Christians to defend this book that there is something that I am missing by not reading it that makes up for the incredible amount of inappropriate material.)


I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say!