God's direct teaching on this subject will be convicting where needed, full of grace and forgiveness, and filled with tons of practical advice straight from the Giver of Love and Romance, God Himself. Some mornings, I don’t need coffee to jolt me awake. The tweet that did it recently came from a friend who, with a simple “ahem,” forwarded a Mark Driscoll tweet to me.
Anyone who knows me or has read will understand why that tweet woke me up. Naturally, my curiosity got the best of me, so I clicked on the link to see what Pastor Mark was up to.
According to a Cinderella hermeneutic, Ruth, a young, destitute, immigrant widow, catches the eye of the rich and powerful older Boaz as she is scavenging (or gleaning) in his field for leftover scraps of grain.
Naomi, Ruth’s widowed mother-in-law, interprets his unexpected generosity towards her daughter-in-law as romantic interest.
“I don't leave a lot of things open-ended theologically. “Any religious person who says he does not really need human friends because God is his Friend is calling God a liar because He's the One Who says we also need human friends.” (Real Marriage: The Truth about Sex, Friendship & Life Together) 2.
“Performance is done for the sight and approval of others.