July 22, 2012: Hot Summer Sex 3

Posted on : Jul 19th, 2012 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

As you may have read or heard, this week the president of Chick-fil-A, the fast food chain with more than 1,600 restaurants and $4 billion in revenue, has come out against same-sex marriage.  His basic rant is that same-sex marriage is immoral.  Immoral?  This, from a guy whose family makes billions from peddling fat and sugar-loaded carbohydrates?

OK, I’m a little testy.  This morning I woke up and turned on CNN while I was making my morning brew and before the java was done, I heard this grand pronouncement from “on high” from Mr. Chick himself, that God “himself” (That’s always a clue that it’s not God speaking!) condemns same sex marriage.  Now that’s not a nice way to wake me up.

Mr. Chick-fil-A said,

“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him [God] and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” Dan Cathy, the company’s president and chief operating officer, said in a recent radio interview. “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”

Really?  Has this corporate baron of cholesterol, cardiac problems and obesity even read his Bible?  Or does he just parrot what he thinks or has been taught that his Bible says?

There is nothing like sex to get some Christians all hot and bothered, so to speak.  For those of you who don’t know what the bible says about sex, you will if you come to church this Sunday.  Promise!  [Disclosure:  I’ve never had such a hard time finding useable graphics for the sermon slides as I’ve had for this Sunday.]  This Sunday we’re going to look at “Passion, Pleasure & Pathos:  There’s a reason sex feels so good!  God made it that way.”

This nonsense about Christianity being anti-sex isn’t Biblical.  To prove my point, we’ll look at three Scriptures.  The first is from “The Song of Solomon,” sometimes known as “The Song of Songs.”

The Song of Solomon is a collection of about 25 poems of human love and courtship such as would be sung at weddings.  The poetry is graceful, sensuous, and full of erotic imagery.  This “Song” has no overt religious content and can be so interpreted only by assuming that a mystical symbolism is involved in its highly figurative language. That’s a direct quote from the editors of the Oxford Annotated Bible.  There’s a reason for that and I’ll tell you on Sunday.  It has to do with denial and deception.  Suffice it to say, “The Song of Solomon” was the one book in our Christian collection of Scriptures that almost didn’t make it into the Bible.  It was far to risqué, or sexual.  Case in point!

The second Scripture is 2 Samuel 11: 1-5.  That’s the story of Israel’s greatest King, King David.  In this great text, David, who has multiple wives, happens to see Bathsheba out “sunning herself” (nude sun bathing?) and can’t control himself.  He has Bathsheba brought to him, seduces her, gets her pregnant, then arranges to have her husband (Oh, did I forget to tell you Bathsheba was married?) killed so he could take her as one of his many wives.

Third scripture:  2 Samuel 1: 22-27 is the other side of King David’s life.  King Saul, David’s predecessor, had quite a crush on King David.  Only problem was, David was more interested in Saul’s son, Jonathon, than Daddy.  To say the least, that did not go over well.  Dad did take it personally and was mighty angry at David for rejecting him and at Jonathan for forsaking his place in the Royal Succession so he could be David’s warrior lover.  A nasty skirmish ensues (read I Samuel) and sadly, both Saul and his son, Jonathan, are killed.

When David (remember, this is the guy with a harem of really hot wives) hears this news he is inconsolable!  And he says, (and I quote directly from “God’s Word:”)

“How the mighty have fallen in the midst of battle!

Jonathan lies slain upon thy high places.

I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;

very pleasant have you been to me;

your love to me was wonderful,

passing the love of women.”

So what does Mr. Chick-fil-A have to say to that?

The Bible is full of stories of passion and sexual pleasure.  The trouble is, the Christian Church has often taken all the pleasure out of sex and life.  That’s not the way God created us or meant it to be.  It’s time to return pleasure and passion back into our Christian thinking, believing and acting.  Some of the most recent neurological discoveries support this ancient Biblical ideal and affirm this basic principle.  Pleasure and Sexual Pleasure are God’s gifts to us.  More on that this Sunday.

Blessings,

Dan

~ This Sunday’s Scriptures ~

2 Samuel 11: 1-5

David Commits Adultery with Bathsheba

In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.

It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful. David sent someone to inquire about the woman. It was reported, ‘This is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite.’ So David sent messengers to fetch her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she was purifying herself after her menstrual period.) Then she returned to her house.  The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, ‘I am pregnant.’

 

2 Samuel 1: 22-27

David laments Jonathan’s death

From the blood of the slain,

from the fat of the mighty,

the bow of Jonathan did not turn back,

nor the sword of Saul return empty.

 

Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely!

In life and in death they were not divided;

they were swifter than eagles,

they were stronger than lions.

 

O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,

who clothed you with crimson, in luxury,

who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.

 

How the mighty have fallen

in the midst of the battle!

 

Jonathan lies slain upon your high places.

I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;

greatly beloved were you to me;

your love to me was wonderful,

passing the love of women.

 

How the mighty have fallen,

and the weapons of war perished!

 

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