It’s the feast of St Valentine. Read about that here.
When was the last time you heard a sermon about how great sex is? Or how to have great sex? A course, run by a church, on having awesome sex?
Those “evangelicals” who don’t follow the lectionary because “it doesn’t preach through the whole bible” – when was the last time they did expository (go on – say it salaciously) expository preaching through the Song of Solomon? [a wonderful R18 book in the Bible that never mentions the word “God”]
Here’s the billboard:
Come to Church this Sunday – expository preaching on
“My beloved is to me a bag of myrrh
that lies between my breasts.
My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms
in the vineyards of En-gedi.” (Song 1:13-14)
[Read the billboard. Aloud. Lasciviously.]
Nope. Christians have sex scandals; compulsory celibacy; sexual discrimination about church leadership; commissions about who can love whom; you can’t do this – you can’t do that (even if you are married!)…
And… no better marriage success than non-Christians; no better abortion statistics; no better…
St Valentine’s Day in Lent. Get the hint Christians: God wants Christians to give up going on and on and on about sex in this negative way – for a while. A good while. Nobody is listening any more.
Ps. Have you noticed – not only is Valentine in Lent, but Lent is in Valentine: VaLENTine!