My Shades Of Gray Paraphrase!
–Take the shades of gray off of your heart and your conscience and let the light of God shine in and direct your life, before you miss the boat!
(My paraphrase of Jesus’ words: “The time has come. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”)
You don’t have to eat arsenic or watch Fifty Shades of Grey to know that they are poison. Some things are harmful when consumed by human beings.
“The eye which sees God we call conscience. The conscience is a lens.” –Toyohiko Kagawa
The chaotic conditions in our careening culture cry out that the time has come to cultivate our conscience. We have turned everyone to her/his own dominating desires and pulled down shades of gray on common sense and conscience.
There is a greater authority within us than mere selfish urges. We’ve buried that authority under shades of gray. It is time to dig out our conscience.
When people widely exercise freedom from conscience, they casually crumble and their culture begins to gradually collapse. When people practice the freedom of conscience they begin to see the universal.
“‘Kill not, steal not; commit no adultery; lie not; covet not’ — this morality is universally observed, even among such people as the aborigines of Formosa. However, today, civilized nations appear to have completely altered their attitude towards these fundamentals of morality.”
A culture cannot be maintained by cops, laws, rules, fines, guns, judges, and jails. These are all external. People without conscience will obey laws when being observed by law enforcement, but at the first unobserved opportunity they will do whatever they want to do — whatever they think they can get by with — and then cowardly hide it under the cover of gray. Some shades ain’t cool!
However, people who remove their shades of grey and daily learn to obey their conscience rather than external rules, begin to overflow with God’s love, joy, peace, and mercy. They live by the inner kingdom of God and radiate a transforming influence everywhere they go.