Song of Solomon 4:11-15, “Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride; milk and honey are under your tongue. The fragrance of your garments is like that of Lebanon. You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride; you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain. (He’s talking about her virginity. It’s not his literal sister; it’s his bride.) Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with choice fruits, with henna and nard, nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with every kind of incense tree, with myrrh and aloes and all the finest spices. You are a garden fountain, a well of flowing water streaming down from Lebanon.”
Wow! Song of Solomon 5:1, “Eat, O friends, and drink; drink your fill, O lovers.” 1 Corinthians 7:5, “Do not deprive each other….” Some of you are so tense, it’s hilarious. You talk about sex and people freak. The sexual nerve is woven into everything that we are, because remember? We’re fully physical and fully spiritual. We’re not animals. Animals are just physical. They’re not spiritual. We’re not angels. Angels are just spiritual. We’ve got to be fully human. And when we take sex outside the marriage bed; when we go from big sex to small sex, we’re stripping away our humanity and we’re becoming dogs in doggy beds.
Well, why are Christians so weird about sex? Let’s do some church history. It’s time for church history. Do you remember Plato? A lot of us have this platonic layer over our lives. I’m not talkin’ about platonic stuff like in When Harry Met Sally, can men be friends with women? Not that. I’m talking about the philosopher, Plato. Plato said something very interesting. Plato basically said, “The soul is good; the body is bad.”