The State of Our Nation as Seen on TV

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Like most folks, I watched the Super Bowl on Sunday night. I’m not really into football (unless it involves the Ohio State Buckeyes!) but some friends of mine had a party and I enjoyed the fellowship. The one thing I did watch when it came to the game was the commercials. I’ll admit there were a few funny ones, but for the most part it was just a sad appraisal of what our society values and doesn’t value.

Directly or indirectly, issues like homosexuality, bestiality, and alcohol consumption were portrayed in a positive light. Another very prominent theme was “male bashing.” Even Yahoo commented on this with an article stating “Guys take a beating in funny Bowl ads.” I’m sure many feminists found these commercials affirming and funny, but the commercials mocked God’s design of men and women and the roles that God designed for husbands and wives in the home.

Of course, the commercial sponsored by Focus on the Family that did affirm a biblical truth, the sanctity of life (Psalm 139), is the one that was deemed controversial and the one that many people wanted to see banned. Terry O’ Neill, president of the National Organization of Women, stated about the commercial’s message, “That’s not being respectful of other people’s lives. It is offensive to hold one way out as being a superior way over everybody else’s.” Her quote summarizes the situation well. What is the ultimate authority—human autonomous reasoning or God’s Word?

I encourage all my readers to watch Ken Ham’s State of the Nation 2 presentation on February 16, at 8 p.m. EST to find out more about the state of our nation’s values and what we as Christians can do to help change those values to biblical values.

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