The Super Bowl. The game where everything is bigger than life. The commercials, the halftime show, the things at stake. They are exquisite, insightful, numerous, and costly.
They call it the “wardrobe malfunction”, and now the “spontaneous gesture”. It seems there is always something happening during the Super bowl halftime show. In fact, there has become such an aura around the halftime show that this year Madonna promised that there would be no “wardrobe malfunction”. What she didn’t promise was that it would be clean. During the halftime show there was a “spontaneous gesture” as it is being referred to. There was also cussing. During this period of the super bowl there were over 8000 tweets/second from Twitter.com with mixed review of what was happening. I thought it was insightful what was said by one individual, “Can we all stop pretending that #MIA flipping the finger during the halftime show is offensive in 2012?” We live in a world that is becoming more and more indecent, and acclimated to this behavior. As those striving to follow God this becomes a challenge for all of us, while also providing a great opportunity. Think about it:
We have the opportunity to let our lights shine brighter and brighter. As the world does more and more indecent things, and becomes more and more acclimated. People are going to wonder why Christians don’t act indecently, but decently. They are going to notice our behaviors as they stand out more and more. We will be able to make a bigger and stronger impact as we act in ways that are godly and not expected.
Yet, in order to make this happen we have to let those lights shine. We have to be careful not to get caught up in the things of the world. We must instead conduct ourselves as Christ would. We must avoid participating in the obscene gestures, and speech that flood our world. We must avoid hiding our light and instead let that light shine and give light to the world that we live in.
Jesus said it best: You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.