The scene was
surreal and what unfolded was unforgettable. A crowd had gathered at the edge
of a steep cliff outside what appeared to be a natural cave. Over the entrance
hung a brightly painted sign that read: “Come in for an amazing ride that will
tantalize your senses and make your heart beat faster.” To the side was a
smaller sign that read: “Warning noxious/toxic.”
approached the cave dressed in various contraptions. Many wore safety glasses
and body suits. Most had heavy duty rubber gloves. It was obvious that they
were aware of, and perhaps even excited about, some danger and risk that
accompanied their excursion.
Standing off to
one side behind an official barricade stood an old man who was waving his arms
in an attempt to get the patrons’ attention. The word was that he had been
there for years and everyone considered him a weirdo. He didn’t run with the
pack. He was always hollering about something. More specifically, he was
imploring people to wear some strange looking masks. But most people were not
about to be caught dead in those contraptions.
At opening time,
the crowd disappeared into the cavern and all was quiet for an hour or two. Suddenly
paramedics arrived. They were wearing masks just like the ones being offered by
the stranger preaching at the entrance to the cave. They entered the cave and
returned carrying people on stretchers. Some were moaning, others gasped for
breath. Some were limp. When asked, the paramedics explained that the cave housed
noxious gases. They went on to say that this was a regular occurrence and that
many would not survive.
people had come for the thrills and ignored the warning sign. They wore body
suits and gloves but not the all-important gas masks. They failed to recognize the most powerful
threat was not to their skin, but to their lungs. A toxic chemical in the cave
was injuring and killing people who thought their body suits and rubber gloves
were sufficient protection.
This is a true
story of our current world culture and the cave of sexual pleasure. Many protect
their bodies against communicable disease but fail to understand that the most
wonderful and dangerous thing about coming together is what happens in the
heart and soul. They fail to protect their souls. Just as the only protection
against some chemicals is to not breath them, the only protection against
sexual wounds is exclusivity.
The real danger
of physical intimacy outside of marriage is not physical, it is spiritual and
emotional. Sex outside of marriage is toxic and noxious to the soul. This
principle was engraved by God, in stone, thousands of years ago. Entire
civilizations have collapsed because they insisted on removing the most
important protection possible… authentic intimacy. This is how the ancient warning sign read: Thou
shalt not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14 KJV)
Saint Paul added
this warning in the first century: “Run from sexual sin! No other sin so
clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin
against your own body.” (1 Corinthians
The best protection against loneliness, emotional mutilation, and disrespect is
to be wholly given to the person with which you are intimate. The most powerful
protection for one’s soul is trust and exclusivity. The rarest, most valuable
people in the world are those who remain pure. These wise people are not prudes;
they just understand that the real power of physical unity and a strong
relationship is exclusivity. They are
protecting their ability to love and be loved.
They are making their family ties precious and valuable. They heed the
ancient warning signs and choose to be wise in a foolish world.