This is my article that was published today in the Natoma-Luray Independent section of The Russell County News and will be published tomorrow in The Plainville Times.
Thoughts on the Sixth Commandment
Recently, while on vacation, I attended some baseball games. And as is the custom at many sporting events today, between innings, the jumbo screen showed a ‘kiss cam’ in which couples were shown and encouraged to kiss for the entertainment of the crowd.
One particular shot showed a man and a woman sitting next to each other, and the crowd eagerly awaited the two to kiss, until suddenly, the man held up his left hand and pointed to his wedding ring and indicated that the woman he was sitting next to was not his wife; at which point the camera went away.
I have often wondered about what would happen should such a situation arise. I personally sat next to a woman I had never even met at one game; what if the ‘kiss cam’ had come on us?
In such situations, it is important to remember the Sixth Commandment: You shall not commit adultery. This commandment applies not just to those who are married, but to those who are single as well. The commandment calls on all to lead a sexually pure and decent life in thought, word and deed.
It may be tempting to entertain crowds on the ‘kiss cam’, but the Sixth Commandment comes before the pressures of your picture being on the big screen. If you find yourself in a compromising situation, leave. If you feel yourself being pressured, just say no. If you are wondering what your friends will think, know true friends will not ask you to compromise your baptism.
I applaud the man who refused to break the Sixth Commandment just for the amusement of the crowds. Some in the ballpark may have mocked him; but I remember his commitment to his marriage vows more so than I do anyone else who opted to make a spectacle of the situation, married or not.
If you find yourself at a sporting event, and notice that your picture is up on the screen, ask yourself what your baptism says of this situation. If the person sitting next to you is your spouse, a kiss is perfectly within reason; but if not, remember the Sixth Commandment to lead a sexually pure and decent life, even if your picture is on the big screen; and point to your Catechism.