Leadership Through Any Shade of Grey

“Now (she is) in the street, now (she is) in the squares, at every corner she lurks.” Proverbs 7:12

Have you ever heard the old cliché’ that something is not black and white, it lives in the grey area? The grey is a little bit of real thing, am I correct? A little black and a little white. A little good, and a little evil. A little bit of a lie and a little bit of the truth. A little bit of the light and a little bit of the darkness. Why would we have to care about that? We deal in the real deal love of God…right?

A fiction book is putting up astonishing numbers on the top best seller’s lists all over the world. Many of you already know about it. It’s called the “50 Shades of Grey.” It’s supposed to be about a relationship, but it is more like the introduction to pornography, abuse and bondage. They say that sex sells. They are right. This book has, in one case, replaced the Gideon’s Bible on hotel bedside tables. And in a world of insta-media word spreads quickly. The author was an over-night success. This is not a new phenomenon. The world clamors for the next new/big thing. But this is nothing new.

Let’s see continue in Proverbs 7: 6-27 (NIV). All parenthesis are added by me. Keep in mind how long ago these words were originally written.

6 At the window of my house
I looked out through the lattice. (Facebook account)
7 I saw among the simple,
I noticed among the young men,
a youth who lacked judgment. (Timeline, book reviews)
8 He was going down the street near her corner,
walking along in the direction of her house (Amazon.com)
9 at twilight, as the day was fading,
as the dark of night set in.
Then out came a woman to meet him,
dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
11 (She is loud and defiant,
her feet never stay at home; (“No one will know you bought the book.”)
12 now in the street, now in the squares,
at every corner she lurks.)
13 She took hold of him and kissed him
and with a brazen face she said:
“I have fellowship offerings at home;
today I fulfilled my vows. (She says she presented you with entertainment)
15 So I came out to meet you;
I looked for you and have found you! (It wasn’t that hard really with my super digital search algorithm)
16 I have covered my bed
with colored linens from Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed
with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
18 Come, let’s drink deep of love till morning;
let’s enjoy ourselves with love!
19 My husband is not at home;
he has gone on a long journey.
20 He took his purse filled with money
and will not be home till full moon.”
With persuasive words she led him astray;
she seduced him with her smooth talk. (she says, “There are other lonely like you let’s get together and talk about the book.”)
22 All at once he followed her
like an ox going to the slaughter, (“Come on,” she says, “Let’s reenact scenes from our favorite parts in the book”)
like a deer stepping into a noose 
23 till an arrow pierces his liver,
like a bird darting into a snare,
little knowing it will cost him his life.
24 Now then, my sons, listen to me;
pay attention to what I say.
25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways
or stray into her paths.
26 Many are the victims she has brought down;
her slain are a mighty throng.
27 Her house is a highway to the grave,
leading down to the chambers of death.

I caught the end of “Frasier” last night and this theme cropped up again. Frasier was wooed by a woman in a tight skirt who also happened to be his boss. They both thought the other manipulated them into being attracted to each other.

She said: “Men use sex all the time to get what they want.”

Frasier’s reply: “Men can’t use sex to get what they want, sex is what they want.”

The studio audience laughed, and they broke for commercial; the commercial was for a drug for male sexual performance.

“Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost. In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 (KJV)

 The light that God shown in our hearts is pure light. It dispels darkness. No one likes living in a dim world. But we won’t find it if we don’t look for it. How do we lead through these shades of grey? Get out of the grey and focus on the light.

God bless you today.


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