This is not a joke! On a Sunday in November 2011 a Pastor in New York started his sermon on “The Power and Pleasure of Romance” by reading verses from chapter two in Genesis and moved to quoting studies that showed that kissing is good for one’s heart and cholesterol level (we have also heard of reports that is good for the teeth also!).
The pastor told his congregation “This society, especially the religious society, sometimes puts a shame on nakedness, on romance, on love, on kissing … They make it seems(sic) as if it should not be talked about in church, something that should not be displayed in our society,..” In addition to preparing his message from the Bible, the pastor said that he found studies that show that any society that celebrates marriage, romance, and love is a “free and wholesome society.” He continued that he wants to shatter the idea that public displays of affection are wrong. “God created a desire for every human, every man and every woman, the desire for love and romance and until you are in a relationship with the opposite sex you will never be fully satisfied because God said it is not good for man to be alone,” he said during the sermon. “God wants us to be in a marriage and experience the fire of romance.” During his message, the pastor asked four married couples to approach the pulpit area and begin kissing as members of the church’s worship band played some R&B tunes.
The passionate kissing went on for five minutes and the winning couple was chosen by the loudest applause from the congregation. The winning couple received $50 to spend on a date night.
However would you take the challenge and give such a message and competion – we’d love to hear.
A good way of getting “press”!!
Our thanks to ChristianToday & NYPost