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Romance Redefined

February 16, 2016

As Christians we toss words around like intimacy and passion transforming relationship with God into romance with God.

In a sexualized culture, it is natural to start using these words to speak of our fellowship with God. We believe the highest human form of relationship will take on a sexual nature.

I’ve heard stories of churches putting a bed on stage and speaking of how God wants to romance us. Is it anyone wonder women are more attracted to the church than men?!?

The Bible does not use our romantic notion to describe relationship. In fact when sexual imagery is used, it is a negative speaking of prostituting our hearts (Ezekiel 16:30) or walking in whoredom (Hosea 4:12).

What picture does the Bible take?

It would not make for a good movie or racy novel!

In fact, in our culture, it might be considered boring.

Jesus loves to surprise us. Just when we think we have him boiled down to a formula or method, He breaks the mold.

In [Mark 5:1-20](http://www.esvbible.org/Mark+5/”>Mark 5:1-20) we see His interaction with a demon possessed man. He miraculously delivers him and forever changes his life.

The next step seems obvious. Who would this guy want to be around and hang out with?

Jesus.

No brainer, right?

We see this desire expressed by the man himself. “As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him.” Mark 5:18

It is Jesus answer that is surprising.

“Go home.”

Well, ok it is a nicer form of that same message.

“And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” Mark 5:19