A Stradivarius violin is one of the most sought-after and revered musical instruments. Its primary purpose is to produce beautiful music. What if the owner of a Stradivarius decided to use it as a drum, beating the back of it with drumsticks? It would still produce music, but how would it compare to the music it was intended for and how would it degrade its purpose and disrespect its maker?
How much more precious is the human body than a Stradivarius? Yet through adultery, pornography, sex change operations and contraceptives we degrade our bodies and disrespect our Creator. Instead of properly glorifying and respecting our sexuality, today’s culture desecrates it.
Our mission: To restore the preciousness and miracle of our bodies so our children and grandchildren can avoid the heartache, depression and disappointment of the abuse that rips families apart, requires children to grow up not knowing their father or mother and jeopardizes souls.
The Sixth Commandment emphasizes the importance and purpose of our sexuality, warns us of the evil and dangers of adultery and it calls us to glorify God through our sexuality.
God created sex between a man and a woman as sacred and holy and good with the primary purpose of our sexuality being to participate with God in creation through the marital act. Anything that deviates from this purpose, degrades God’s purpose and is offensive to God and disrespects His creation.
To more fully appreciate the greatness of the Sixth Commandment, let’s take a quick look at the topics of Creation, Sexuality, Marriage, Chastity and Lust.
Creation: As the encore and crown-jewel of creation, God created man and woman and made us holy and sacred in His image and likeness. We participate with God in His creation through the gift of life given to us in our bodies.
Salvation: God’s crown-jewel of our bodies are essential for our salvation. Therefore, it is paramount to do everything and anything to protect and treasure our sexuality. However, Satan has a different plan for our sexuality: division, not unity; death, not life; eternal damnation instead of eternal salvation.
Marriage: Jesus gave Himself exclusively and totally to His bride for the purpose of giving life—eternal life! The sacrament of marriage models the marriage of Jesus and His bride, the Church. Anything less than being exclusive, without reservation and fully open to life, falls short of God’s plan for marriage.
Chastity: Chastity is the virtue that removes lust from our heart and frees us from the torture and slavery of impurity. Chastity is not about abstaining from sex. Rather it is about having the self-mastery to freely and properly choose with whom and when to have sex.
Lust: The opposite of Chastity is the vice of lust which enslaves our hearts. Lust distorts sex to be self-serving instead of life-giving. It is deadly. Today’s culture has embraced lust, promoted it, and flaunted it as a natural and necessary way of life.
The human heart is constantly in search of authentic love. But we get distracted and lose our way. We try to fill a God-sized hole with worldly pleasures that don’t satisfy. Having been made in the image and likeness of God, we are made for greatness, for joy and for the freedom of salvation.
Click here to review the Ten Commandments in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC).