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Why I Didn't Watch the Super Bowl...

Nathan Thompson

Updated: January 31st, 2015 - I wrote the below musing following last year's Superbowl. I wrote it honestly, and from the heart; I was shocked to see the response. In three days, this post generated 1/6 of our site's yearly traffic. With Katy Perry slated to perform in 2015's Superbowl halftime show, I think this would be a good read for husbands, wives, fathers and mothers. Let's be intentional about what we set before I our eyes.

I think David had the right idea in Psalm 101:3, NKJV:

"3I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me."

Whether or not you believe the news stories about the Super Bowl being the biggest single sex trafficking event in the country, two things are certain: The Super Bowl is the most-watched television event every year, and it also features a lot of promiscuity neatly packaged under the guise of a championship football game.

While I don’t promise this blog post to be revelatory, I do hope it will open your eyes (or maybe close them) to the tricks that Satan is using to penetrate our hearts and homes.

I love the NFL. Seriously. Well, almost. What I actually like is football in general. I like the story lines, the competition, the manliness of muscle-bound men hitting each other with brute force in (usually) the spirit of good sportsmanship. I like the speed and the strategy and creativity displayed in play-calling. I just like football, plain and simple.

What I don’t like about the NFL is the ever increasing thrust towards sensuality that marketers have propagated and viewers have accepted. Sex sells. It’s not a secret. But the question that lies behind that basic primordial premise is when is enough, enough? Where does it stop? Where and when will the line be drawn?

I didn’t watch the Super Bowl this year - it was a conscious, spiritual decision I felt led to make – so I can’t tell you how many of this year’s commercials featured sexual content, but I did watch last year’s Super Bowl and that was the catalyst that helped me make my decision to draw the line this year.

Commercial advertisements aside, it was the sexually charged, hip gyrating, halftime show that transformed living rooms all over America into mini red light districts that caused me to open my eyes to a bigger picture. There seems to be a bigger spirit being promoted by the NFL than just team spirit. The few seconds of what I was exposed to last year was enough to make me stop and ask myself why churches are eliminating Sunday evening activities to host Super Bowl parties. I have to ask why we’re trading the Spirit of God for the spirit of sexual immorality? That kind of… almost… sounds like idolatry, doesn’t it?

Whoa. That hit hard. I thought we were talking about football here… Well, we are.

Satan has used harmless things as vehicles to corrupt and infiltrate before, so why not football?

What ACTUALLY happened at Beyonce’s 2013 Super Bowl halftime show will blow your mind when you really understand it. Not only was the show filled with depictions of pentagrams, goats, false gods, and other satanic symbolisms, (there is a link to a video that illustrates a very thorough breakdown of these symbols at the end of this post) chances are it was piped into your house, or even – God forbid – your church. Chances are, you were watching it like I was.

"That was just one halftime show. Those allegations are empty."

Really? Have we forgotten that it was the same NFL, the same Super Bowl, the same halftime entertainment slot that brought us the infamous Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” in 2004? Sure, everyone said it was an accident, but in the spiritual realm (when the armies of darkness have an audience of 143.6 million viewers) there are no accidents.

How much societal impact can one moment have when 143.6 million viewers are involved? Wikipedia says this about the event:

“According to YouTube creator Jawed Karim, Janet's Super Bowl incident led to the creation of YouTube. The launch of Facebook commenced within three days of the incident to capitalize on its controversy through social networking. The incident also made "Janet Jackson" the most searched term, event and image in Internet history, as well as the most searched person and term of the year 2004 and also for the following year. The incident also broke the record for "most searched event over one day". Jackson was later listed in the 2007 edition of Guinness World Records as "Most Searched in Internet History" and the "Most Searched for News Item". It became the most watched, recorded and replayed television moment in TiVo history and "enticed an estimated 35,000 new [TiVo] subscribers to sign up". The incident also coined the phrase "wardrobe malfunction", which was later added to the dictionary.””

That’s A LOT of direct impact.

Satan’s one goal is to tear down the hearts and minds of the people of God, and today, just like in Biblical times, I believe his greatest tool is sensuality. (I don’t have time or space to qualify that statement in this short post, however if you stay tuned I will elaborate on my statement at some point in a future post.)

This isn’t a blog post about television, or really even the NFL; it’s about guarding yourself against the pervasive spirit of lust that our culture has embraced with open arms.

In Matthew chapter 6 Jesus alluded to the fact that the eyes are the gateway to the human soul. In Jesus’ time most cities had walls as a form of defense. Walls were a way to keep the bad out and the good in. Because it was necessary for the citizens, travelers, and merchants to have outside access, a gate was put in the wall. Not only did the gate provide a way for people, information and goods to come and go, but it also served defensively as part of the wall when it was shut. When it came to penetrating the walls of a city, the gate offered the quickest access.

Solomon penned these words in Proverbs 4:23 NKJV,

“Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”

When the enemy came marching up to the gates of a city, the gatekeepers didn’t smile naively and let them come in! Why are we so reckless with our eyes? It doesn’t matter if everyone else is lulled to sleep by the sex trance of our Western culture. I refuse to sell my soul that cheap. I have drawn a line in the sand, and I refuse to allow the seeds of sexual idolatry to be sown in the sacred patch of ground that God has marked as His own – my heart.

After committing adultery due to falling prey to the same lustful spirit that our society currently champions, David prayed to God desperately in Psalm 51 to create in him a clean heart. David understood that his sin was the result of a heart issue. He understood that if he was going to get back on the straight and narrow, that he would need a new heart. Why? Because adultery isn’t a spur of the moment decision. It starts when lustful thoughts are allowed to sit too long in the chambers of your mind. Those thoughts turn into desires that begin to marinade in the depths of your heart. Thoughts breed desires, and desires conceive actions. But how do the thoughts start? My personal experience tells me that many times thoughts begin with what we allow to pass through our eyes.

So can I challenge you with a simple question?

How do you propose to guard your heart and mind when you’ve left the gate (eyes) wide open to whatever the world puts in front of you?

I’m not condemning anyone who watched the game last night. I’m not campaigning against the NFL, the Super Bowl, television, or any of that. I’m campaigning for strong marriages, clean minds, healthy and whole families. I’m speaking up against the spirit of sexual immorality that seems to lurk in every commercial, on the billboards I drive past on the freeway, on the magazine covers I see at the grocery store, and yes, even in and around the Super Bowl. Sex is selling everything these days, and if you’re not more intentional, it will end up selling your soul.

John Eldredge, author of many men’s books including a favorite of mine, “Wild at Heart”, said this in his Ransomed Heart January 2014 newsletter:

“The poison of the World… includes the media we allow into our lives. Over the past year a number of friends have recommended books or movies to us, and when we went to check them out we were shocked at what Christians allow into their lives. Vampires and zombies do not prepare your heart to receive the life of Jesus; watching someone else have sex does not fill you with the life of God. …My God – you live in a toxic culture. Shut every valve you can!”

I’m issuing that same challenge to men (and Christians, regardless of gender) all over: Be more intentional about what you let into your eyes, and hence, your hearts. Guard your homes. Be alert and of sober mind. Because your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.



(For those of you would like to view the video I referenced above you can do so at the link below. WARNING – This video features graphic footage of the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show. I don’t advise watching it. I have included it to bring credibility to the claims I made in the above post. The purpose of this video is to educate and expose the tactics of the enemy of our soul, not to glorify spiritual darkness. For the sake of accountability, I advise men to watch this with their wives or an accountability partner. Use it as an educational opportunity, and take some time to discuss what you saw. )

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