Who loves not wine, women and song, remains a fool his whole life long.

-Martin Luther


When we value rules over relationships we run the risk of pushing those close to us as far away as Jupiter.  We figure we are doing others a favor by mandating that they live within the restraints of what we deem responsible—and even holy.   The problem is—we always go overboard.  Instead of letting anyone out the side-door for some fresh air and recreation we bolt it shut—because—jimminy-crickets—they might just wander off somewhere they shouldn’t be you know.

We’ll keep them locked up in the house instead (this approach never fails to backfire by the way).

Instead of condoning sex—we figure it’s just safer (and easier I’d confer) to flat out condemn it entirely.  It’s no wonder so many run off into the arms of illicit sex and uncommitted physical relationships—if you can even call it that.  Kids that are raised to believe that sex  is badwrongdirtysinful, or worst of all—not of God—are the same kids who will struggle mightily as adults.  And don’t trust me, the statistics bear it out.   If anything is of God here on earth—sex is!  I hope that offends someone, because if it does, you need offending in the worst kind of way. 

 Seize life! Eat bread with gusto,
   Drink wine with a robust heart.
   Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure!
   Dress festively every morning.
   Don’t skimp on colors and scarves.
   Relish life with the spouse you love
   Each and every day of your precarious life.
   Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange
   For the hard work of staying alive.
   Make the most of each one!
   Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily!
   (Ecclesiastes 9:7-9, The Message Bible)

May I remind you that God created sex—not Hugh Hefner.