Perhaps you've been fortunate not to have heard.
Ed Young Jr., he of approximately 20,000 sheep (give or take a few hundred stolen by sheep-stealing former associate pastors), has decreed seven days of sex. For married couples only, of course.
Ed wrote me this week to talk about this campaign of his. He said, "This is exactly the kind of raw, real and relevant information that Ed and Lisa know the church needs to be talking about." Sure, it's odd that Ed talks about himself in the third person. But at least he's RELEVANT.
Maybe not as relevant as that pastor guy from earlier this year who boldly went before Ed could think to do it and decreed a 30 day sex challenge.
That guy's probably more relevant on account of the fact that he pastors Relevant Church, just outside of Tampa. (In fact, they're so relevant they even have a MySpace page. A MYSPACE PAGE. How cool is that? Probably not as cool as it was before Rupert bought MySpace back in '05. But. Still. Pretty cool, eh. Oh. And, Relevant, too.)
That Relevant Pastor guy got lots of press for his small church that meets in the Italian Club, across from Carmine's in Ybor City, Fla. Even made it on to the CBS News. THE CBS NEWS. (Cue Peter Gabriel – Big Time.) You can bet Gigachurch Pastor Ed sat up and took notice.
He needed to let a little time pass. Wouldn't want to seem to be jumping on anyone else's bandwagon. And it would need to have that special Ed Young Jr. mark.
That's it! 7's a way more biblical number than 30. (Ed must be way more biblical on account of the fact that he's got way more sheep than that little shepherd guy from that church in Ybor City that meets across the street from Carmine's.)
Sex for Seven Straight Days. (Ed always loved him them triple entendres, eh.)
Ed's not as Young as he once was. Seven he could probably do. (Apparently not.)
His church of 20,000 rutting sheep was gonna be making a whole bunch more whoopee in those seven days than that little Ybor City almost relevant church ever could in 30. And it's all for Jeezuzah!
And the news went out across the land.
Ed made a point of writing me to let me know that he was getting press attention, BIG TIME!:
WATCH FOR TV INTERVIEWS WITH ED AND LISA ON THE INSIDER AND INSIDE EDITION. CHECK LINKS FOR LOCAL LISTINGS. (Somebody oughtta tell Ed not to yell.)
We have been amazed at the local, national, and international media attention surrounding this powerful challenge, including Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, CNN American Morning and more. What a great opportunity for the church to step up and talk about these important topics!
Yes sirree, Bruce. You can never get enough sex. (Which I don't think quite qualifies as "topics", perhaps "topic". But at least it was an impotent topic – unlike the financial meltdown, people losing their homes, urban poverty, the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I mean, if it wasn't for sex, none of those other things would even be an issue.)
But, perhaps Ed is being just a tad disingenuous when he says "We have been amazed…" Heck. If that good ole boy from Ybor City in that church across the street from Carmine's could make it on THE CBS NEWS, then surely Ed & the 20,000 Sheep would blow the roof off the sucker!
Ed. You are definitely too sexy for the Church.