Song of Solomon (the whole thing)
If you were raised in the church, you probably grew up with Song of Solomon being treated as something of a legend (if you didn’t, it’s kind of like when your parents said “I’ll explain it to you later” about a joke or movie or something, except with your pastor and the Bible!). You might wonder why this is even in the Bible. After Wade’s sermon, hopefully you can see the problems with calling it an allegory to God’s love for us. Ok, so what’s the point then? We can find this kind of racy stuff all on our own, right? I think it was included to show that God wants us to be in relationship with each other. He made us to be both in community, and in romantic relationships (remember how it was bad for Adam to be alone?). You’ve heard all week about waiting. But I want to go back to Logan’s point of how avoidance should not be mistaken for waiting. God gave us the desire to love one another. He never condemned it! Yet we live in a culture of embarrassment, unnecessary shame, and some of us live stuck in middle school mindsets towards romantic love… It is okay to experience attraction. It is okay to ask somebody out. It is okay to talk about stuff like this with one another. This is why (I believe) Song of Solomon was included– to show us that love is natural and a good part of life; and above all, God-given.
Lord, this stuff is uncomfortable. We’ve been taught to be careful, to be respectful, to be appropriate. Help us not to confuse these valid morals with unhealthy avoidance. Help us to embrace the uncomfortable, and to be okay with romantic love. Remind us that You are in everything we do, in all parts of our lives. Amen