reflecting on reflecting on the super bowl

There are no shortage of opinions are the Super Bowl halftime show.

On one hand, it was sexual. 

Do we celebrate that or critique that?

On the other hand, it was cultural.

Do we celebrate that or critique that?

Metaphorically speaking...

Antifreeze has water in it. I can "celebrate" that. But serving antifreeze to people to drink in the hopes that they appreciate the water... is serving poison.

Putting antifreeze into their cars in the right reservoir, though, is great. Context matters.

Sex has a context, too. Let's support keeping it in its God-gifted/intended context. I'd hope we wouldn't applaud a movie focused on sex because they had a "diverse cast," and in doing so ignore the content of what was presented.

Poison is poison in any language...

water is water in any language.

Shall we as missionaries to the world clap for what is blue to the Lord, or shall we dig deeper cross culturally by building real wells that actually refresh people?

Sure - you could find a way to extract water from antifreeze and serve it to people. But let's be honest - how often do we take the time to do that with antifreeze? To be speculatively candid, I believe you or I more regularly buy guests water versus antifreeze we spend time chemically purifying, correct?

But... I'd also guess you'd allow spiritually poisoned guests who don't know they are spiritually dying into your home for that water. In doing so, you likely admire what they are doing "right" in life, but not at the expense of addressing the poison.

Yes, let's enter the world. Yes, let's redeem what is the Lord's. Yes, let's have compassion and point people to Christ.

Let's also be clearer about it, lest people think our straddle into the darkness is an endorsement of it.

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. " (Romans 12:2)