I went to bed last night in the 4th quarter. The 49ers were just about defeated. Feeling exhausted, with a lot on my mind I just needed to be alone. It was a good game. A little slow in the beginning, seemingly almost over before half-time, but then the underdogs took it up a notch and it played out well.
I didn't go to bed worried about the score.
And I felt that we had upheld the American tradition of Superbowl Sunday well.
On my mind were my husband, my 5 sons, my two brothers, and my step-dad. 9 men in my living room whose minds now have images that cannot be erased. Lets also not discount the self-esteem of myself, my mom, sister-in-law, my daughter and my niece. Two sweet little girls who are growing up in a world telling them what is valuable, and just how they could use their body to get what they want someday.
When did our culture accept the idea that we need a hot girl to sell a car? Or an old lady with a wild side to sell a taco? and I am sorry, but M&Ms have fantasies about women?
.....plastered my television as I attempted to find the humor, and not feel too old or over-protective.
Before the game I joked that I wasn't for a specific team, but that I was for the commercials. What that really meant was I had hoped that American ingenuity would find a way to sell a product without compromising the moral standard of my home. I was wrong.
There were a couple of good ones. And admittedly, I did laugh when the old guy plastered his nipple against the window of the diner. Dodge did a beautiful job for actually having the courage to bring morality and American intelligence back onto our screen.
But really? Let's figure out a way that our sons can watch a football game without their mother's cringing at the images of an under-dressed sexual icon rolling around the half-time stage.
So I have said my peace. I don't know the answer. I feel embarrassed and discouraged. And I do know that as Christ Followers we are called to a higher standard.
You keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3