Anyway, the sportscasters were having quite a raucous time over Amukamara’s professions. Their jabs and jests can best be summed up in two statements:
“That’s impossible!” They were sure he was making it up, just like every other athlete or celebrity who claims to save sexual intimacy for marriage. They couldn’t imagine that a normal, red-blooded American male, or female for that matter, could or would actually do such a thing.
“That’s ridiculous!” As in, what’s the point? As in, what’s wrong with sex, anyway? They wondered why anyone would think that saving sex for marriage was so virtuous.
I realize that being outrageous and provocative is part of their job description, but the sense I got was that they were thoroughly perplexed by such claims and commitments. It brought to mind the words of Old Testament prophets who predicted a dark and future time when people would call evil good and good evil, and confuse bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. (See Isaiah 5:20)
I had neither the time nor the inclination to call in, but if I had this is what I might have said in response to their comments.
First, there are actually great numbers of men and women who have saved and are saving themselves for marriage. They are normal, healthy, fun-loving, and romantically-inclined people. And every one of them I have ever talked to would say they are glad for that commitment. (Countless studies and surveys have revealed that the most sexually-satisfied men and women in America are faithfully-married men and women.)
Second, nothing’s wrong with sex, in its right setting. Asking what’s wrong with sex is like asking what’s wrong with fire. It all depends, doesn’t it? A fire in the fireplace is wonderful – warm, inviting, comforting, intimate, and purposeful. A fire in the kitchen, or the California hills, is dangerous – it destroys homes, scars the landscape, and threatens people’s lives.
Sexuality is one of God’s many good gifts, given for the pleasure and procreation of the human beings that He loves. And like every gift, it is meant to be eagerly anticipated, received with gratitude, opened with care, enjoyed to the full, and treasured for a lifetime.
Prince Amukamara may not make it to the Super Bowl this winter, but sounds like he and his fiancée have a lot to look forward to. What God calls good and sweet, let no sportscaster trash.