Friday, April 20, 2018



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.”

People eagerly 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.  

For years 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 6:18 NLT)

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.

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