Doing the Holy Hug (1 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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Doing the Holy Hug (1 of 4)
Series: The Kiss
Jeff Strite
Romans 16:3-16

OPEN: For the next 4 weeks, we're going to be looking at what the Bible says about kissing (pause).

You know, the Bible is just FULL of kissing. There are stories where sons kiss their fathers. Friends kissing friends/ brothers kissing brothers. People kissing false idols. Kissing between a woman and her fiancé. Men kissing men, women kissing women.
There's just a whole lot of kissing going on in that Bible.

Some kisses were affectionate.
Some were romantic.
Some were just ways of showing acceptance.

But, in our society, kissing someone that's not your momma or your wife could get you trouble. In fact, there are some places that even THAT is illegal.

For example in Idaho, there's a city called Bench, Idaho, where you CAN kiss your intended… but if you do it on Sunday you are required to ''Pause for breath'' between each kiss. Seriously, it's on the books.
In Logan County, Colorado, it's illegal to kiss a sleeping woman (no matter who she is).
And I've read that - I personally - need to be careful if I go to Indianapolis because it's apparently against the law there to kiss someone if you have a mustache.

So, kissing people today could get you in trouble.
But back in the days of Scripture nobody took offense if you kissed them. In fact - kissing was a way to show them you liked people. Kissing was a way of showing acceptance and affection even between friends. Kind of like shaking hands or hugging each other would be in our culture.

Now frankly, affection is what the early New Testament church was all about. Notice what Paul did when ending this letter to the Romans:
''Greet Priscilla and Aquila....''
Greet also the church that meets at their house.
Greet my dear friend Epenetus...
Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you.
Greet Andronicus and Junias, my relatives who have been in prison with me. ...
Greet Ampliatus, whom I love in the Lord.
Greet Urbanus, o ...

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