Too hot for holiness? Deitrick Haddon’s sexually suggestive love song sparks outrage
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If Gospel singer Deitrick Haddon was endeavoring to compete with Song of Solomon’s verses about sexual intimacy with a spouse, mission accomplished. If he was hoping to unify and rally the Body of Christ around this latest musical endeavor, well, we’ll have to chock this one up to an epic failure.
The California-based pastor of Hill City Church drew major backlash after teasing a new Christmas love song geared toward married couples that includes lyrics about eating up his wife’s “milk and cookies.”
The 45-year-old husband and father makes an appeal to his spouse to “make love on Christmas, while expressing his desire to “lay in your garden of Eden.”
The Stellar Award-winning vocalist also says in the steamy R&B tinged composition’s lyrics that he can’t wait to “lay you down and get between those legs.”
Did someone turn the heat up in here or is this song just too hot for holiness?
It all depends on who you ask.
A preacher, Marcus Rogers, whose video about the holiday love song has been featured in Christian Post, feels this forthcoming single is way too hot. He argues that it glorifies lust instead of God.
It’s “full of lust,” Rogers said in a scathing YouTube video where he accused Haddon—as well as other artists who are amenable to a contemporary or secular approach to music-making— of “taking Jesus out of the message” and “watering down the Gospel.”
While some clearly believe Gospel music has no place for Haddon’s “grown and sexy” interpretation, others celebrate the “Sinner’s Prayer” singer’s soon-to-be-released love-making anthem.
“So, question to all the naysayer Christians: what songs do you listen to when setting the mood with your significant other?” asked one Instagram commenter in defense of Haddon. “[Do you listen to] Amazing Grace, Jesus Is My Help, Endow Me?”
By placing an emphasis on “setting the mood” for romantic interactions with a spouse, the questioner is an example of someone who believes sexy songs have their place in believers’ bedrooms.
While Haddon doesn’t talk about any of his beloved wife’s body parts in his song snippet, the Bible does. Song of Solomon 4:5 says, “Your breasts are like two fawns.”
Then, Song of Solomon 7:7-8 gets even more explicit, saying, “Your stature is like that of the palm, and your breasts like clusters of fruit. I said, ‘I will climb the palm tree; I will take hold of its fruit.”
No subtlety there, folks.
The point is, the Bible is not shy about sexual intimacy, as long as it is between a husband and wife. Hebrews 13:4 makes the point that “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure.” The Bible condemns sexual immorality but, without reservation, applauds sexual intimacy between man and wife.
So then, views about whether or not Haddon should have made a song about sexual relations with his wife are subjective at best. Those who use the word of God as their compass for all matters of life should note that there is biblical precedent in Song of Solomon.
And unless we can erase its 117 verses about romance, sex and sensuality, we must, at the very least, admit that Haddon isn’t doing anything the writer of Song of Solomon didn’t do.
Love his new song or hate it, that’s your choice. But you can’t deny that there is a scriptural foundation for it.