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Even when things are proper, they aren't proper everywhere under all
circumstances. Throwing, catching, and hitting a ball are all proper at
a baseball park, but wouldn't be proper in a movie theater. Not that there's
anything wrong with baseball. It's just that it belongs outdoors. Yeah,
I know a lot of stadiums are indoor stadiums, but as a baseball purist,
I stand by that last statement-it belongs outdoors.
OK, I'll allow that it is still appropriate in an indoor stadium-it's
not the same. There's nothing wrong with playing baseball in a park or
in a field either. Some of my fondest baseball memories are in sandlots,
not stadiums. But you'll have to agree with me that baseball doesn't belong
in a movie theater.
Movie theaters are a great place for, well, showing movies, but they
would be a terrible place for playing baseball. For one thing, the stage
just isn't big enough to set up the bases, the floors are too slick and
ceilings are too low. It just wouldn't work out.
I hesitate over trivializing it by comparing it to baseball, but the
truth remains-sex is appropriate and proper, but only in the right context.
While some people wouldn't put any boundaries on sex, most people would.
Some would say it is only appropriate if the two people are in love. Others
would add that it is only appropriate if safety precautions are used. The
scripture is clear about its teaching for the proper context for sex-the
safety of a loving, committed, caring, monogamous marriage relationship.
It isn't that the scriptures are prudish. (Have you read the Song of
Solomon lately?) It is that it places such a high value on sex that it
doesn't want people to denigrate themselves with risky behavior that can
negatively impact their bodies, their minds and their souls.
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that corresponds to this devotional.