Does God have a favorite team in games like the Super Bowl? John and Ed open by exploring the theology behind this odd question, and how the answer points to football players and other athletes who use their positions for the glory of God.
Then there’s a tougher subject: the record-breaking mountain of contraceptives distributed at this year’s Winter Olympics, and how it displays the hypocrisy of a secular worldview. Sex, in this view, is recreation. It’s a game. And nobody is supposed to get hurt. But this denies the reality of how we are created, and leads to the schizophrenic stance of opposing sexual exploitation, objectification, and harassment in the e#MeToo movement, yet encouraging it in the Olympic village.
Our hosts also slam the hypocrisy of the most recent Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, in which women pose naked to fight sexual objectification. They compare this to the widespread celebrations of Hugh Hefner’s life, just weeks prior to the current wave of sexual harassment and abuse revelations. How double-minded can we get, as a culture?
Thankfully, John and Ed move to a high note. The Gerber baby food company has selected a child with Down syndrome as its Gerber Baby of the year, highlighting the equal value and dignity of children with disabilities. But Christians must go still further, reminding the world that it isn’t smiling faces or the happiness a child brings to a family that makes him or her precious, but the Divine image stamped on each person ever born (or unborn).
Finally, we mark the passing of James W. Sire, a giant in Christian worldview thinking whose work continues to inform and inspire us.