I find it amusing to read the uninformed views that some social commentators and pundits have about the relationship between sex and Christianity. Recently I read a short article in which Paul Verhoeven, director of the Basic Instinct series and other bombs like Showgirls, comments on the Christian attitude toward sex.
"Anything that is erotic has been banned in the United States,"
said the Dutch native. "Look at the people at the top (of the government).
We are living under a government
that is constantly hammering out Christian values.
And Christianity and sex have never been good friends."
He may comment as much as he wishes about government but it would be helpful if he would take the time to inform himself on matters he knows little about, like the Christian view on sex. For his information and his edification, which, in light of his productions, is sparse, I refer him to The Song of Songs, a composition attributed to King Solomon; the title implying that it is "the greatest of songs". And yes…this is found in the Old Testament, but it is also part of the Christian Canon.
I have come into my garden, my
sister, my bride;
I have gathered my myrrh with my spice.
I have eaten my honeycomb and my
I have drunk my wine and my milk.
Eat, O friends, and drink;
drink your fill, O lovers.
I slept but my heart was awake;
Listen! My lover is knocking:
"Open to me, my sister, my darling,
my dove, my flawless one.
My head is drenched with dew,
my hair with the dampness of the
I have taken off my robe –
must I put it on again?
I have washed my feet –
must I soil them again?
My lover thrust his hand through the
my heart began to pound for him.
I arose to open for my lover,
and my hands dripped with myrrh,
my fingers with flowing myrrh,
on the handles of the lock.
I opened for my lover…
Paul, are you hearing this? Produce and direct a movie in which Christian love and sex are truly exemplified. Forget Showgirls and Basic Instinct, they display immature, dysfunctional 'sexual play'. Check out 'Sheet Music' by Kevin Leman. And while you're at it, create a masterpiece…produce the Song of Songs. No…on second thought I'll invite someone else, like Franco Zeffirelli.