TCT :: “Let’s get physical!” and other spiritual songs you don’t sing before communion

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“All of me, loves all of you. Love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections.” John Legend

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Apparently pomegranate juice has similar effects as viagra?

It’s my favourite day of the week – Trench Coat Thursday! I’m excited, judging by the number of views on these TCT posts, you love TCT too!

I have not been great at keeping up with the latest songs but I did some catching up over the holidays. A song that I have come to really like is John Legend’s “All of Me”, he sings it beautifully. His wife of a few months, Chrissy Teigen, stars in the music video and it features some very intimate scenes between them, including one where they are both in the shower.

If you’ve seen it, which one of these are your thoughts on the video?
Aww, they’re so cute together!

Whoa, he’s/she’s hot…

Dude, get a room!

All three of those crossed my mind but the one I’ve settled on now is something along the lines of: oh my goodness, God, when I get married I want THAT! I feel the same way when I listen to songs by Alicia Keys or even Justin Timberlake when they get to singing about this stuff. It’s not the crude songs about sex that are appealing, but the ones that talk about more than that, the relational aspect: the beauty, passion, devotion, even the pain. A part of me feels bad about feeling that way because, well,  the songs aren’t godly and neither are the singers.

But why does that music stir something in our hearts? Why is John Legend’s song so profound, speaking of more than the physical, sounding almost spiritual?

“The sweet, fragrant curves of your body, the soft, spiced contours of your flesh
Invite me, and I come, I stay until dawn breathes its light and night slips away.
You’re beautiful from head to toe, my dear love, beautiful beyond compare, absolutely flawless.” 

Wow. More words from another love song:

“He’s one in a million. There’s no one quite like him…
His eyes are like doves, soft and bright, but deep set, brimming with meaning, like wells of water…
His voice, his words, warm and reassuring.
Fine muscles ripple beneath his skin, quiet and beautiful.”

Quiet and beautiful… When my friends and I first heard these words out of a Mills and Boons novel ,a Cosmo mag, a Maxwell song, the Bible, we had to sit down for a little bit and just breathe.

When I get that feeling I want sexual meaning.

The reference for those is Song of Songs 4 and 5 in the Message Bible. The fact that sexual passion is in the Bible gives us a clue to the fact that sex means something to God. And if we were created in His likeness then it ought to mean the same thing to us, right?

In his book Sex and the Supremacy of Christ, John Piper talks about how God’s relationship with His people is described using “sexual metaphors” (my term). Yes, there are the parent-child and master-servant metaphors, but very significantly, the bride-bridegroom and husband-wife ones are used in graphic detail. Ezekiel paints the picture of a woman who is found naked and vulnerable, fragile and exposed and God says “I took care of you, dressed you and protected you… You became mine.”

Sexual metaphors are also used to describe God’s people’s unfaithfulness to Him – adultery, betrayal, promiscuity – God’s anger and judgment and then His grace : “I’ll marry you true and proper, in love and tenderness. Yes, I’ll marry you and neither leave nor let you go. You’ll know me, God, for who I really am.”

Every love song is a worship song.

Because whether we believe in God or not we are all living for something. It could be power, money, or sex. But sex was never meant to replace God, it was meant to point to Him:

“God created us in his image, male and female, with personhood and sexual passions, so that when he comes to us in this world there would be powerful words and images to describe the promises and pleasures of our covenant relationship with him.”

Sex is one of God’s most beautiful and meaningful ways through which we can understand God more fully.

Sexuality is not just physical, it is a spiritual act too. And we need to understand that the issues we love to talk about: virginity, premarital sex, porn, masturbation, homosexuality vs heterosexuality and adultery go beyond politicking, “religion” and even human rights. They go to the core of who God is and who He created us to be.

There is One who really did give His all to you and is worthy of you giving your all to Him.

Thanks for reading.
Shula.

References:
J Piper and J Taylor Sex and the Supremacy of Christ (2005) Crossway Books: Illinois, USA

Scriptures taken from THE MESSAGE.

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