I actually have stayed relatively silent on this whole Super Bowl issue but I really feel like I need to say a few things (in love) because this has just been rolling around in my head for DAYS – and when that happens, and it wont go away, then God is asking me to step out of my comfort zone and risk judgment. So here goes:
DISCLAIMER *** The viewpoint expressed below is written by a Jesus following, Bible believing, Born Again, broken, messed up, not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, flawed child of the King of all kings ***
As a believer and follower of Christ, I am called to set myself apart from the world. 1 John 2:15-16 (NLT) “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.”
So what’s that mean for me, Sheri? Well, I need to exist in this world but that doesn’t mean that I should just let worldly viewpoints creep in and take over. It means that I have to sometimes take a stance that is unpopular by the worlds standards. And in doing so, I may alienate people that would usually call me friend. And while this is a scary concept, I’m also called to speak the truth – in love.
So here’s my *** see disclaimer above *** take on the Super Bowl halftime show. It spoke more to me about how people have compromised their moral choices then it did about empowering women. To have someone scantily clad, pole dancing doesn’t scream to me that they’re asserting their womanhood. It says, they’re demeaning their own gifts and qualities to appeal to the base human emotion – sexual desire. And for me, this does not scream independent womanhood, or humanity.
My belief is that Christians need to make sure that we do not become blinded by the worlds definition of what it means to be a woman, human or more importantly – Christian. You see, if I begin to let the world creep in and define my walk with Christ, and what I will allow in my heart and in my head, then I have ceased going to the Creator for my guidance and have then begun listening to the “created” for my perspective on what I’m supposed to be.
Look, I make mistakes. I’m not perfect. But I am a child of the King. I’m going to try my darndest to act like He wants me to, and not what the way the world wants me to act. I’m going to speak the truth in love, even if it wins me some detractors. I’m going to pray for personal conviction, even if that means I have to humble myself and apologize for wrong I’ve done. I’m going to conduct myself daily as a daughter of the KING! I’m going to take this body I’ve been given and try to make it a better temple for the my Savior and the Spirit – mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I will leave you with this
“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over these people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in this world. Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them. But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us.” 1 John 4:4-5