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Turn your fans on, folks, Song of Solomon is hot with passionate love and it isn’t of the Puritan kind:
With great delight I sat in his shadow,
and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
His left hand is under my head,
and his right hand embraces me! (JA still vividly remembers a marriage class at an old church on this particular verse – – they told us it was a “different” kind of embrace – haha)
Let my beloved come to his garden,
and eat its choicest fruits.
::::Whew, it’s hot in here, crank that fan on high:::::
“Open to me, my sister, my love,
my dove, my perfect one,
for my head is wet with dew,
my locks with the drops of the night.”
We’re like a yo-yo here. One article, I discuss the full-quiver ideology – – that Christians leaders are telling their people that they need to be having as many babies that God will allow (no birth control, no barrier method, just a propagation free-for-all). And then I saw this . . . . . . .
TOPEKA — Jon and Darla Crocker, who dutifully abstained from sex during their 14-month courtship, have remained abstinent after marriage and plan to do so indefinitely.
“If it was holy before, it must be double-holy afterwards,” Darla says.
They have now completed 25 months of marriage without any sexual contact, going about their normal lives, jobs and social calendar with no hint of relational strain.
Sometimes after dinner they will kiss in the kitchen and “start having bedroom thoughts,” Darla says, but they never fail to pull back. Darla breaks away to spray cool, misted water on her face. Jon eats a whole raw potato to take himself out of the mood.
They don’t know when they’ll finally break the pledge, and they feel no pressure. After abstaining so long before marriage, “a few extra years is nothing,” says Darla.
“Of course, we don’t lord it over any other couple who decides to have sex after marriage, but for us it’s about staying faithful to the abstinence message and the holiness involved with that,” says Jon who seems unbothered. “For us, true love waits, and waits, and waits.” •
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