I have come to realize that sometimes we people who call ourselves Christians are really more like rebellious teenagers. I don't want to do what God wants me to? No problem, I sit in the corner and scowl and pout. Or I may slam the door to my heart. Or I may just what I want to anyway.
Last week I was visiting with a friend and she casually mentioned she'd just picked up a book from the library. As an avid reader I asked what she was reading. When she said it was "Fifty Shades of Grey" I have to say was more than a bit stunned. You see, we had talked about this book previously. She had said her friends at work were reading it and talking about it. I told her what I had read in reviews about it. For instance when you look it up on Google the first result is "mommy porn". We had talked about not reading things that were not pleasing to God. So when I suggested that she should not read this book she really got her nose out of joint. And in the end she said," I just want to see what all the fuss is about, I'll skip through the raunchy parts."
Doesn't that sound like a teen who says, "but all my friends are doing it"
God says, " Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Philippians 4:8
I will be the first to admit that I don't always do what God wants me to. But I am trying. And I am praying that my friend has second thoughts before she opens that book.
Stacey McDonald has written a very interesting article about this subject. Take a few minutes to go read it.