Because there is a business at the front end of the building, we keep the signs positive, humorous and witty. A saying caught my attention that I just put on the sign today and wonder if I have stepped over the edge or if I will upset some Christians.
"God has 50 Shades of Grace".
This phrase is modified from the book, “50 Shades of Grey” which is the first of three books that make up an erotic trilogy. I have not read the book nor recommend anyone to read. I have read reviews stating that the book is notorious for its erotic scenes that include graphic language and dangerous sexual practices. The book has taken the world by storm as millions of women are now immersing themselves in what they are calling a “beautiful romantic” novel.
So, why have a church sign that makes obvious reference to a book that would fail godly things to put in our minds?
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.
The sign may upset Christians who do not want people associating God with an erotic book. The reason I am taking a risk of upsetting some Christians is the doors of conversation that will open up in the community among those who do not know God, yet.
People talk about our church sign. People tell me they notice it each week, they look for the changes, it makes them smile, and it makes them think about God. "God has 50 Shades of Grace" has the potential of opening up conversations among those who do not know God and perhaps talk about or think about what kind of God has 50 shades of grace.
What do you think?
A good idea, bad idea or a God idea?