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    In the last few years I have heard many talk about "how bad our
country is getting". But I have seen enough good to avoid jumping on that bandwagon, until now. There was once a day when having a Super Bowl party for the youth group was a great time of fellowship and fun. That day is long since past. I realized last night while watching the game that I missed the last two Super Bowls due to snowboarding outings. I think that time off from the pinnacle
of advertising has allowed me to avoid the "easing into" the acceptance of blatant seductive sexual immorality on TV.

    Sex is rampant. One commercial after the other came on the screen making me uncomfortable. The only thing
missing from the halftime show was a pole, but don't worry, they incorporated that into one of the commercials. I am angry, sad, upset, but determined. One of the groups I associate with talks about a media battle. We are losing this
battle. I don't really watch TV much anymore anyway, but the Super Bowl may have just put me over the edge of no more. 
    I have always been intrigued by the passage in James 1:27 that says "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and TO KEEP ONESELF FROM BEING POLLUTED BY THE WORLD" (emphasis added). Most people focus on the first two parts of looking after orphans and widows, but I believe we have neglected the very important third call of pure and faultless  religion.

It is time to put down the remote, the game controller, and
ungodly internet sites, and time to pick up good books, prayer, fasting,
solitude reflection, and most of all Scripture.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who
sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the
one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let
us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest
if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all
people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

-Galatians 6:7-10


Fonda Robinson
2/4/2013 00:16:20

Duncan,

Thank you so much for this. We hosted our small group last night for the game..I didn't watch any of the 1st half...staying in the dining room chatting with friend I noticed there was a difference in the noise level in the living room. I got up and came in only to see the halftime show and the half dress singer. I let all the men know I wasn't very happy...also I had been wondering why no one was coming to get snacks refills...so I was very disappointed with the men - all who had sheepish looks on the face...thanks again for posting your view. (We just got back from Boyne...wish we were still there...) Love, Fonda

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Duncan Bone
2/4/2013 01:26:29

Please share! Post this everywhere... People all over agree but say/do nothing. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

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Jill Cascone
2/4/2013 07:34:29

Duncan,
So right on...Tim and I were taking about the same thing. Macey Rae & Avrey were watching the game with us and it saddened me that I had to distract them on so many commercials. I preach until I'm blue in the face to Haley that respecting your body and holding yourself on a high standard is a must. I feel defeated as a mother when my battle is against mass TV, magazines (which are not allowed in our home) and the public.
Thanks for taking your time and blogging this.
Peace

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Garrick
2/4/2013 10:07:50

Duncan, I'm assuming a decent amount of people read your blog, so thank you so much for posting this. I feel the same way about everything you posted. I too was disturbed by the halftime show and how many people I heard say what she dressed in was okay because it was Beyonce, or even that they liked her outfit. The thing I'm most excited that you wrote about is James 1:27. I have been thinking about and contemplating that same topic for about two months now. I have had great talks with my girlfriend about it and it really opened her eyes to some things, and mine to some as well. I try to have this discussion with people and most just think I am a conservative Christian and that it's actually empowering for women to dress that way. I am glad their are moral people like you who are trying to teach these things to youth. Keep up the good work!

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