FCC Receives More Than 1,300 Complaints About Super Bowl Halftime Show: The Coronavirus and Two Ways to Respond to Culture

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The NFL and FOX are responsible for such TRASH! Exploiting women and children!

FCC receives more than 1,300 complaints about Super Bowl halftime show: The coronavirus and two ways to respond to culture

February 27, 2020  |  READ TIME: 6 minutes
In The Daily Article today:

  • Why parents were upset about the halftime show
  • Preparing for the coronavirus
  • Working with the Me Too movement
This year’s Super Bowl was one of the best games in years. The halftime show, by contrast, was one of the most shocking. My wife and I were appalled at the sexual nature of the performance, agreeing that if our grandchildren had been with us, we would have been forced to change the channel.

It turns out, we were not alone. The Federal Communications Commission has received 1,312 complaints from viewers concerned about the show. Some parents felt their children were exposed to a “porno show.” Others thought the show encouraged sex trafficking or was a major setback for the Me Too movement.

At least there is a way for viewers to do something about abhorrent television content. That seems to be less the case for the other big story in today’s news.

How to prepare for the coronavirus 

The number of new coronavirus cases in China is dropping. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the virus is spreading rapidly elsewhere.

This morning, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked all of Japan’s schools to close for a month to help contain the spread of the virus. Federal health officials are preparing for a potential pandemic in the US. President Trump has appointed Vice President Pence to head up the American response to the virus. A US soldier in South Korea has tested positive for the virus, which has spread to every continent except Antarctica.

What can we do to prepare?

A Yale medical professor says we can reduce our risk of contracting the virus by regularly washing our hands, not going to school or work if we are sick, and getting the flu shot to reduce overcrowding at health-care facilities during the outbreak. Public health tactics could include reducing mass gatherings, dismissing students or closing schools for a while, and implementing “social distancing” measures.

Such responses are undoubtedly vital, but it’s natural to wish we could do more. By contrast, when viewers were offended by the Super Bowl halftime show, they responded immediately.

Working with the Me Too movement 

From Genesis to Revelation, we find God taking the initiative in relating to his creation. He seeks Adam and Eve in the Garden (Genesis 3:9). He sends Joseph to Egypt, Moses to Pharaoh, David to Goliath, Daniel to the king of Babylon, and Paul across the Roman Empire.

Religion is about our climbing up to God; Christianity is about God climbing down to us. The entire story of his dealings with us is one of a shepherd seeking lost sheep, taking the incarnational initiative to go to those who could not come to him.

As a result, you and I are not to respond to immorality with passivity. We are to be change agents, taking light to the dark and the gospel to the gates of hell (Matthew 5:13–16; 16:18).

For example, the next time you see immorality on television, call the FCC to register your concern. (Here’s how.) When you have cultural concerns, call or write your mayor, city council, or congressional representative. (I’ve been told by political leaders that most Americans have no idea how much influence such letters and calls have.)

Look for ways to work with others. Evangelicals and the Me Too movement are not typically seen as partners, but on issues related to sexual abuse, we are clearly aligned. The same is true with pro-life groups, organizations fighting sex trafficking, and so on.

And choose the battles God wants you to wage. Christians need to be known for what we’re for, not just for what we’re against. The Lord will lead you to the issues he wants you to address.

Define your gifts and influence, then use them for the kingdom. This is our side of the divine-human partnership.

“My soul is in the midst of lions” 

At the same time, we are to trust God to do what no person can.

When David was taking refuge from Saul in a cave, he prayed, “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by” (Psalm 57:1).

David believes that God has not abandoned him: “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me” (v. 2). The darkness of the tunnel does not contradict the sovereignty of the engineer driving the train.

As a result, David can claim, “He will send from heaven and save me; he will put to shame him who tramples on me” (v. 3). “Him who tramples on me” was King Saul, the tallest warrior and most powerful person in the land. Think of the most powerful person you know, then imagine that person seeking to kill you. Now proclaim that God will defend you and defeat this person.

This is David’s faith, based on the fact that the One in whom he trusts is more powerful than his most powerful adversary.

Such faith does not change his immediate circumstances: “My soul is in the midst of lions; I lie down amid fiery beasts—the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords” (v. 4). But it gives him joy in the present: “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody!” (v. 7). And it gives him hope for the future: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations” (v. 9).

A shelter in a storm is helpful only when we seek its protection. Whatever your challenges today, you can say to God: “In you my soul takes refuge.”

Will you?

NOTE: Pastor Mark Turman read Empowered: A Guide to Experiencing the Power of the Holy Spirit and asked to record its forty-seven chapters as daily readings for his church.

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I got several comments from many after my Super Bowl half time post. I want to share a few of them and then share with you an excellent, spot on post by Casey Graham Russell! We are seeing things that we have not seen before, these are very troubling times for a America that is so very divided, right down the middle! Like Speaker Pelosi ripping up the Presidents speech right after the State of the Union, live on TV! How un-Patriotic! Un-American!  Evil!

I will not let this FOX and NFL half time evil pass, they cannot be lefyt off the hook, they must be held accountable for such evil..make a 10 million donation to a children’s home…pocket change to FOX and the NFL!…..I will keep speaking and posting about it!! We cannot just go from one evil to the next quickly! We must pounce on it and make our case! We must stand in the gap for God and His children! Just not for a day or two, but 24/7!

Here are a few comments on my Superbowl half time post:

Steven Daggett: Dewey, Sue and I didn’t watch it either, but she saw the results the next day teaching 4th grade boys at school. Soft-core porn is still propaganda. Propaganda for all the wrong values. And it does have an impact. It has consequences in our society. We conservatives fought this battle back in the eighties and clearly lost. Now this kind of thing doesn’t even make America blush.

Judy Nottingham: Totally agree, Dewey!! It reminded me of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible.. I don’t think it has anything to do with being old fashioned.. And, this is what they call entertainment.. If I had been watching this half-time with my family, I would have been somewhat embarrassed.. Certainly prophesied for End Times..

Robyn Besemann: Absolutely offensive to anyone with decency and respect for women.

“Sorry little girls. This is NOT where your value lies.”

Please now read Casey’s, who is posted above.

Casey Graham Russell

Dear girls that saw the half time show and thought you needed to dress more scandalous, more provocative, more skin showing and get on a stripper pole to get attention.

Here’s a few things I want you to know-

You are more precious that rubies. Proverbs 3:15

You are beautifully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

You are a child of God. Galatians 3:25

You are so loved. John 3:1

Nowhere does it say that we are called to show ourselves in scandal, or treat our bodies like they are for show in order for Him to call us precious, beautiful, wonderful, or loved.

In fact, the Bible warns us, in 1 Peter 5:8 to control yourselves. Be on your guard. Your enemy the devil is like a roaring lion. He prowls around looking for someone to chew up and swallow.

Dear sisters, I pray you took heed tonight. I pray you stood your ground and that you didn’t allow your children to watch. I pray that you thought hard about what our world is showing, and how our media, and show business is teaching that sexual actions, attire and movements are okay…and in the same instance we’re seeing viral posts of sexual trafficking and mothers scared at the local grocery store. You can’t stand on both sides. It’s doesn’t work that way.

Whatever you do, search your heart. As a girl that once dreamt of being on the big stage, band and my name written in lights…I can assure you, being behind the curtain I knew it wasn’t for me. It didn’t align or sit well with who I was or who God says I am.

Tonight, was confirmation. And I’m thankful my daughter was not in the room when the half time show played. Guard your heart. Guard your children.

Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22

Written by: Casey Graham Russell

Evil is Evil!!! Many Christians need to check in with God! Many are winking at evil including Pastors and Churches. Half naked women!!!! Climbing poles!!!??? Awful!!! This was America’s entertainment!!!??? We exploit women and children, we abort children…..how awful we have become as a people.

“If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” Matthew 18:6

Throughout Scripture God does speak to the nations: “Come here and listen, O nations of the earth. Let the world and everything in it hear my words” (Isaiah 34:1, NLT).

Evil is real – and powerful. It has to be fought, not explained away, not fled. And God is against evil all the way. So each of us has to decide where we stand, how we’re going to live our lives. We can try to persuade ourselves that evil doesn’t exist; live for ourselves and wink at evil. We can say that it isn’t so bad after all, maybe even try to call it fun by clothing it in silks and velvets. We can compromise with it, keep quiet about it and say it’s none of our business. Or we can work on God’s side, listen for His orders on strategy against the evil, no matter how horrible it is, and know that He can transform it.

IMPACTFUL WORDS FROM CATHERINE MARSHALL!!!

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3

It is very shameful on how Fox and the NFL treated women and children last night.

I posted this last night on Facebook after I got home from preaching at FBC in Reserve! I am still so very sad that FOX and the NFL would exploit women and children. Fox is taking dumb pills, they would not air a pro-life commercial during the Superbowl! We treasure at children here at FGGAM! We also do not exploit women! Follow the evil money on all this. I am so very thankful for all pour children in Church and Sunday School and our teacher Destre Ortedga.

That’s the half time show? Wow I guess I’m so old fashion I did not know that is what they do now? Very sad! Very provocative! Where’s the marching bands? I’m old in this world we live in! I’m going to my western channel! Is this how we want our children to dress! We want our young Ladies dressing half naked? My goodness! Where are the role models? Just getting home from preaching and looking at this makes me very sad! Sadly it’s all about the money! The greats are on the western channel Called GRIT! John Wayne is on now! Christians! What does your discernment tell you? No NFL for me It’s the NFL’s exploitation of women! Men if you watch that stuff and support the NFL Shame on you! Also Shame on Fox for not airing the pro-life commercial! Fox has been taking more dumb pills Time to call out all this evil! Stop supporting in! As my Daddy used to say, it stinks to high heaven.

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