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Real Answers™
Copyright: © ©2004 James J. Jackson
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By: James J. Jackson


During the 2004 Super Bowl half-time show, Janet Jackson experienced an ‘apparel malfunction’ that launched a national conversation about censorship versus freedom of speech and expression. Fans of ’shock jock’ Howard Stern were incensed when he was fired by a group of radio stations because of vulgar and racial statements.

Many people believe that anything is acceptable over the public airways and that anyone who is offended by such transmissions or broadcasts can simply turn the station off. While it may be easy to make the decision to turn off a program such as Howard Stern once the listener is aware of the likely content, such action was not easy to make with the Janet Jackson debacle.

Like many other parents and grand parents, we watched the Super Bowl with our teenaged grandson and a few of his friends. Past practice gave no indication that we needed to be poised to change the channel to avoid inappropriate viewing, although some of the costumes and movements of the background dancers made me consider doing so.

One should logically believe that a half-time show would be benign viewing for young and old. Such was not the case, but the ensuing weak apologies and excuses by the perpetrators was only exceeded by the gall of those who approved, even celebrated, the “performance.” Weak remorse was expressed, and many people quickly came to the defense of all involved.

I often use controversial issues as learning tools for my children and grandchildren by encouraging them to view issues through God’s morality. My grandson stated that if the incident was accidental, then why was there no evidence of shock, humiliation, or shame on the faces of any of those on the stage.

The lack of shame. In that observation, I think Christopher understood exactly what happened on television that Sunday evening. I’m afraid that the concept of shame is just another victim of the modern ’new morality’, a byproduct of Political Correctness. Tolerance of all that is immoral encourages us to look the other way when confronted with disturbing actions and words. It is now considered intolerant to expect people to live by any code that requires chastity or self-control.

Many of the God given self-monitoring attributes like shame, modesty, self-restraint, etc., are today viewed as unnecessary infringements upon our media-driven quest for self-satisfaction at all costs. But, as we see quite often, those who live on the edge and ignore moral promptings usually end up in shame and disgrace as their excesses spill over into very self-destructive, very public humiliation.

It mostly boils down to a false self-image that insists that one is so good at what they do, or so physically beautiful, or so rich, etc., that they are beyond the constraints of any moral code of conduct. Therefore, they believe they can violate moral standards and still be idolized by the masses.

When such activity becomes public and is abruptly placed before our eyes and ears without warning, we who believe in the traditional Judeo-Christian moral code must reject such concepts. They are the way of the world, and Christ would have us take a stand and refuse to be force-fed such indecency.

Christians know that we cannot change the world, but we do not have to join in worldly activities. We can bring God’s word to all who we meet, and reflect Christ in our actions and words.

Instead of dwelling on self, we must think, as the book of Philippians says, on…"whatsoever things are true, honorable, pure, lovely, praise worthy,…" God honors such a demeanor.

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