The Exhorter

I will set no worthless thing before my eyes

“I will set no worthless thing before my eyes”
(Psalm 101:3)

Last Sunday evening the Chiefs won the Super Bowl. But Monday the news was all about the half-time show. I didn’t see the show, but the reports I read described shock, disappointment, anger and dismay.

Frankly I was slightly surprised at that reaction.

First, if we know anything about the Super Bowl, we should have expected a half-time show filled with immorality, immodesty and impropriety. The organizers of this event continue to push the limits of decorum. That is what they do.

Second, if we know anything about the two headliners this year, we should have expected such a base performance. Pre-game reports told us the nature of the show, which matched the nature of the performers.

It has been years since our family has been able to watch the half-time entertainment at the Super Bowl. Years ago, we tried pausing the action and then fast forwarding, then we tried switching channels and coming back only to find it wasn’t any better yet. So, we followed the plan of David in Psalm 101 and we began turning it off until football resumes.

I’m beyond expressing disappointment at the networks and the NFL. They are what they are and they do what they do with this event. It is a once-a-year sexual feast and feature. It will not get better.

I won’t discourage you from protesting, from writing the sponsors or producers. Or threatening to boycott next year’s extravaganza in Tampa.

But I think the advice Hosea gave to his people in chapter 4:17 is more apt. “Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone.”

Just turn it off. Don’t avert your eyes for a moment and look back to see if it has gotten better. Don’t cover the eyes of the children. Don’t sigh in despair.

Don’t set worthless things before your eyes. It is that simple.

-Ralph