The following was written by friends, Dr. Jay and Miss Diana after their introduction into the Super Bowl half-time show, a show I did not watch, thankfully. They are writing to fellow Christians, as Miss Diana says. Please read with an open mind.
Most of you know Dr. Jay & I are Christians. This posting is for those of you, who are fellow Christians.
For those of you dear friends and acquaintances, who are not Christians, this is not addressed to you.
After last night’s “super” show, we had to do something. My lingual eloquence pales to that of my beloved husband. Therefore, it is with the utmost gratitude to him, with whom I stand firm, and honor that I am posting his words, to which all that is within me utters a resounding “AMEN!”
Sodom, Gomorrah & Us
Dr. Jay Worth Allen
Diana and I were invited to a Super-Bowl gathering yesterday. Since we do not have a TV, plus I’ve never seen a Super Bowl, this was set to be an exciting adventure for the both of us. Being surrounded by friends, food, and mild-drink we thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the gathering, until that depraved, wicked and completely immoral half-time stripper parade began. Psalm 101:3 states, “I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” So we left!
I would never want my lovely bride, Diana, to be seen by anyone in such a way, and I know she does not want me to see other women doing what could only be described as a Men’s-Club Stripper Pole Dance – minus the Pole.
Let me ask you Super Bowl half-time watching people something: How would you feel if Jesus were to physically come into your home during that half-time shameful display? Would you feel pride or embarrassment?
Does your choice of TV viewing fit the pattern and/or requirements of Psalm 101:3 or Philippians 4:8? “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – think about such things.” Would Jesus watch your choices in entertainment? If the answer is “yes,” what are the reasons why you believe this? If the answer is “no,” why are you watching what you do?
This generation is responsible for this generation of sinners. At the very doors of our homes, and churches, are masses of peoples who are un-won and un-reached. Let an atom bomb come and they will all fall by the millions into hell. And who’s at fault?
There is no fault in God. He “is able to do according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). God’s problem today is not communism, liberalism, or modernism. God’s problem today is His people! “So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:16).
Sin today is both glamorized and popularized, thrown into the ear by radio, thrown into the eye by television, and splashed on popular magazine covers. Churchgoers leave the meeting as they entered – visionless and passionless! Oh God, give this perishing generation ten thousand John the Baptists!
Just as Moses could not mistake the sight of the burning bush, so the nation of Israel could not mistake the sight of a burning man! God meets fire with fire. John the Baptist was a new man with a new message. As a man accused of murder hears the dreaded cry of the judge, “Guilty!” and pales at it, so the crowd heard John’s cry, “Repent!” until it rang down the corridors of their minds, stirred memory, bowed the conscience and brought them terror-stricken to repentance and baptism! After Pentecost, the onslaught of Peter, fresh from his fiery baptism of the Spirit, shook the crowd until they cried, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Imagine someone telling these sin-stricken individuals, “Just sign a card! Attend church regularly! Pay your tithes!” No! A thousand times No!
Oh, my God! If our cultivated unbelief, our theological twilight and our spiritual powerlessness has grieved and continues to grieve Your Holy Spirit, then in mercy spew us out of Your mouth! If You Lord cannot do something with us and through us, then please God, do something without us! Bypass us, and take up a people who have not yet known You! Deliver us oh Lord from our willful sin! Turn our eyes upon Jesus again! Amen.