YBOR CITY, Fla. - A southwest Florida church issued a challenge for its married members this past Sunday: Hanky-panky every day. Relevant Church head pastor Paul Wirth says the 50 percent divorce rate was the catalyst for The 30-Day Sex Challenge.
"And that's no different for people who attend church," Wirth said. "Sometimes life gets in the way. Our jobs get in the way."
Oh, and the flip side of the challenge? No rolling in the sheets for the unwed.
Church member Tim Jones and his fiancée agreed to take on the challenge, though he acknowledges it'll be a tough month. But he added: "I think it's worth trying to find out other things about each other."
Where do I begin with this one?
Calling the Marital Embrace "Hanky-panky" and somehow correlating the divorce rate to the amount of sex a couple is having is mind-boggling. So periods of abstinence between husband and wife equals a miserable marriage? Now I get it! That's why the Protestants and Evangelicals (for the most part) are just fine with birth control. That way there is no need for the mutual respect of each other's bodies. We're just our spouses personal playground.
And, duh, "No rolling in the sheets for the unwed." Are you kidding me?
Don't get me started on Mr. Jones in the last part. He is clearly lost.
I've heard it said that the biggest reasons the secular world doesn't take the Christian world seriously is due to our own hypocrisy. We parade around as the arbiters of morality, yet we have no concept of God's plan for us in the area of sexuality any more than MTV does.
Catholic men - are you ready to speak the truth no matter what the cost? This is one area where we all need to be educated, so that we can educate others.