HolyCoast: Focus on the Family's John 3:16 Ad Gives Some a Bad Case of the Vapors

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Focus on the Family's John 3:16 Ad Gives Some a Bad Case of the Vapors

Believe it or not, this ad run during the Broncos-Patriots game has caused some viewers to get a bad case of the vapors (from Todd Starnes):

Focus on the Family’s 30-second ad featured boys and girls reciting John 3:16 during the second quarter of the football game.

John 3:16 declares: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

According to the Denver Post, CBS faced outrage for accepting the ad because it contained a religious theme.

David Barron, who writes a blog for the Houston Chronicle, said he received a call from a friend who said the ad “was one of the most offensive things I’ve seen.”

“When I asked why, he said, ‘Time and place. I don’t want to see a Cialis ad on the 700 Club, either,’” Barron recounted in his blog.

Focus President and CEO Jim Daly told the Post that they expect people to be upset over the ad.

“We will hear about shoving religion down people’s throats,” Schneeberger said. “But if it’s OK to shove Doritos down people’s throats, and cars and everything else, we have the right to advertise, too.”

But he said the central message of the ministry is to share the Gospel of Christ with people.

“There’s been a lot of buzz lately about what John 3:16 says, and we wanted to help people understand it without having to run to their computer to look it up,” Daly said in a press release. ”For Christians, the verse is the essence of the Good News of Jesus Christ, and when you have good news you want to share it with as many people as possible. We hope this helps everyone understand some numbers are more important than the ones on the scoreboard.”
How far have we fallen as a society when an ad featuring children reciting a Bible verse is "the most offensive thing" someone has ever seen? This guy must not watch much TV.

Tebow's team had a bad night, but maybe some viewers had a better night because of this ad.


Michael Morris said...

This commercial bothered me 2 seconds into it. It's using kids to welcome 4.2 billion non-Christians to hell. Check out my blogpost on the topic: http://biblefunmentionables.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/could-44-adorable-jesus-fans-be-wrong/

Rick Moore said...

Well, you'll get over it. But like it or not, that's what Christians believe, and I'll give you another verse that will tick off the non-Christians - John 14:6 - Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." That pretty much rules out any other religion as far as Christians go. At that point you either have to believe Jesus was lying, crazy, or is who He says He is. There aren't any other options.