Meet the Noodle
Meet the noodle! The noodle is used for many different things in our youth ministry. First of all, we use the noodle for games such as noodle hockey. We also use noodles to keep our students in line (Ok no we don’t actually hit our students but it could come in handy). Lastly, the noodle functions as a television censor.
Like many of you guys, our student ministry celebrated the greatness that is the National Football League. We watched as the drama unfolded in round two of the Giants and Patriots saga. Like any great football game, it came down to the very last play, and at the end we were all left holding our breath as Gronkowski tried but failed to save the day for the Patriots. Eli Manning is now 2-0 versus the Patriots in the Superbowl, and Tom Brady is now 3-2 in the big game.
If you aren’t a sports fan, you still attend these parties. While I sit to watch, analyze, and critique every move the teams make, many of you watch for the championship of advertising. You trudge through the game only to watch the hilarity of the commercials. I won’t go on and give you my opinion on the fact that the commercials are becoming less and less funny, but I will give you my pick of the two top commercials of the night.
My personal number one is Mr. Quiggly. However, this next one came in at a very close second.
However, while there were quite a few funny commercials, our friend, the noodle, came into play more often than not. Going from the GoDaddy commercials (which never stood a chance), to the reinvented couch (full of bikini clad women), to the seductive Fiat, to a seemingly naked M&M, we found the noodle in front of the projector time after time. As we censored the ads in an attempt to keep our students as sexually pure as possible, I couldn’t help but hurt for the fact that this is what sells. As the phrase goes, “Sex Sells.”
The fact of the matter is, the people in charge of making the commercials wouldn’t make a commercial that they didn’t think would sell their product. My heart breaks because I know what it’s like to be a guy in this world of scantily clad women. This post didn’t come spur of the moment but rather from various circumstances that came along. First, I read this article from FoxNews about a sex scene in Miley Cyrus’ upcoming movie ‘LOL’. Cyrus, who is 19 years old, plays Lola, a 15-year-old girl navigating the world of “High School Romance.” The line in the video clip says, “Emily’s lie totally worked and I finally got to have sex with Kyle.” This is a movie that is going to be marketed to our students, and here she is promoting lying to your parents and having teenage premarital sex. Second, I saw some girls in skirts that I would never, ever let my future daughter wear, and I would never want my future son to see. The football game last night was just the kicker. I am not here today to blame the girls or to ask girls to cover themselves up (even though I do think that our female students and leaders need to be aware of what they are doing to their brothers in Christ), but rather to encourage you to protect your guys’ integrity.
Leaders, do everything that you can to protect your guys’ integrity. That may mean that you cover up a seemingly “funny” commercial with a pool noodle because there’s a girl wearing a bikini. Some people may say, “it’s just a bikini, they could see that at the pool,” but why do we make that an excuse? Why do we allow the world to define what is right and wrong, when Scripture is so stinking clear?
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. — 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion. — Proverbs 11:22
I understand that most people are wearing bikinis at the pool, short shorts in the summer, and low-cut tops, but why are we afraid to be uncool? I went to public school, so I know what it’s like to walk around constantly bouncing my eyes. With that said, we need to provide our guys with the resources and accountability needed to help them succeed. It is not enough to just tell guys that they need to be pure. Rather, we need to give them the ability to fight the fight. Girls can do everything possible to help a guy, but a guy has to know how to fight when he’s alone with a computer at night and nobody is watching. I wanted to give you a few ways to help you students fight the good fight.
Here’s are a few resources for you:
- Covenant Eyes – I am not telling you to buy this for each of your students. I would actually recommend that you make your guys buy this for themselves. If the students are willing to buy the program then it means they’re serious about their purity and want to take the avenues necessary to protect their integrity. There is also X3Watch as another option.
- XXX Church – This is an amazing group that evangelizes to porn stars. Talk about doing ministry in Sodom and Gomorrah! This is a website full of resources on battling porn addiction, and their sole goal is to create men and women who are spiritually pure.
- Porn Again Christian – This is a FREE online ebook written by Mark Driscoll. This ebook is a “Frank Discussion on Pornography and Masturbation.”
- Eyes of Integrity – This is a book about the Porn Pandemic written by Craig Gross who found himself in more and more counseling sessions dealing with guys who were addicted and destroyed by pornography.
We don’t have an option, youth leaders; we have to fight this fight with our students! This is a battle worth fighting for.
I made a covenant with my eyes
not to look lustfully at a young woman.
Posted on February 6, 2012, in Cultural Issues and tagged Christianity, Church, Church Ministry, Culture, Family Ministry, Football, Miley Cyrus, Modesty, Pastor, Religion, Student Ministry, Youth Ministry, Youth Pastor, Youth Work. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.