LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #33 – “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Def Leppard
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
Given the mainstream popularity of Def Leppard’s 1987 single, “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” it’s hard to believe that it was held off from the number one spot on the Billboard charts by Richard Marx and his ballad, “Hold Onto The Night.” While most millennials may not even be able to tell you who Richard Marx is (if you don’t know who he is, go shed a tear to “I Do It For You,” right now), “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” is more often than not, the first rock anthem that any high schooler will learn by heart, which, given the lyrics, would be disturbing if there weren’t just as many naive children out there singing about how they’re “hot and sticky sweet.”
There’s not much to say about the typically chauvinistic desire for sexual gratification found in the lyrics of Def Leppard’s most recognizable hit, which would be all fine and well, if I wasn’t tasked with somehow relating this song to the Bible…so here we go! The Song of Solomon is a biblical book that enjoyed it’s fair share of controversy. in fact, it is contested by some scholars that it was the original, “50 Shades of Grey,” a writing so scandalous that it was originally banned from the Bible, causing young boys to literally sneak off just to read it! Here’s how it begins in chapter one, “2 If only he would give me some of his kisses . . .Oh, your loving is sweeter than wine! 3 Your fragrance is sweet; your very name is perfume. That’s why the young women love you. 4 Take me along with you; let’s run!” Well whaddaya know? Not too far off from old Def Leppard after all. Here’s the thing, the biblical authors weren’t naive when it came to physical desires and romantic interests. In fact, when experienced within the realm of a loving, committed relationship, this aspect of love is often celebrated in the Bible. Some would even say we were created for it!
Loving God, we all desire love in life, and everything that comes with it. Thank you for promising to love us no matter what. Provide us with the opportunity to experience all that love has to offer us while in this life, and the discernment to act responsibly and respectfully in doing so. Amen.