A Celebration of Romantic Love – the Song of Solomon

There are two extremes when it comes to the physical, romantic, and sexual dimensions of human love – sensuality and asceticism. Sensuality turns pleasure into lust. Asceticism turns purity into sterility.

The moderating alternative is to recognize that romantic love is a gift of God, to be celebrated and enjoyed, but also protected. This is the message of the Song of Solomon. Here we have a picture of what healthy romance looks like. The poem captures the passion, the intensity, the imagery, and the anticipation of genuine romantic love.

The Song of Solomon offers a corrective to the sexual confusion and erotic excesses of our day. It gives us a positive ideal to pursue, a portrait of married love that is neither obscene nor ashamed.

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.