Having Sex For God

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Sex/Morality/Family Values3 Comments

The New York Times is writing about this, so it's — you know — serious.

The story is about the Rev. Ed Young – author, a television host and the pastor of the evangelical Fellowship Church.

On the November 16 service, he urged the married couples in his congregation to have sex once a day.  As Young sees it, "congregational copulation" brings people closer to God, closer to their spouse, reduces the likelihood of adultery, and sets a loving example for children.

Now, right away, this would ruin sex for me.  But I'm not in that demographic, I guess.

He also preached this sermon in front of a bed.

Sometimes he reclined on the paisley coverlet while flipping through a Bible, emphasizing his point that it is time for the church to put God back in the bed.

Definitely ookey.

Well, more than a week later, it appears that the congregation — including the pastor himself — is struggling.

It is not always easy to devote time for your spouse, Pastor Young admitted. Just three days into the sex challenge he said he was so tired after getting up before dawn to talk about the importance of having more sex in marriage that he crashed on the bed around 8 p.m. on Tuesday night.

Mrs. Young tried to shake him awake, telling her husband, "Come on, it's the sex challenge." But Mr. Young murmured, "Let's just double up tomorrow," and went back to sleep.

Me, personally — I think the pastor has a screw loose:

This is not a gimmick or a publicity stunt, Mr. Young says. Just look at the sensuousness of the Song of Solomon, or Genesis: “two shall become one flesh,” or Corinthians: “do not deprive each other of sexual relations.” 

“For some reason the church has not talked about it, but we need to,” he said, speaking by telephone Friday night on his way to South Africa for a mission trip. There is no shame in marital sex, he added, “God thought it up, it was his idea.”

God thought up water, too.  But you don't see me drinking it to the point of drowning.

Look, I'm not a prude.  I'm not saying sex should be dirty.

I'm just saying it's better if it is.