John 3:16

I love John 3:16. It's one of my all-time favorite Bible verses. So I was shocked to read about all the controversy centering on the recent “Focus On The Family" commercial aired during a football game Saturday night. I didn’t view it during the game, but after all the negative coverage, I was intrigued and had to look it up.

As a Christian who talks about her love for Christ daily on air, I knew before I even saw the video, I was pretty sure I’d like it. I mean, it’s “Focus On The Family” for Pete’s sake…not really “controversial” in my part of the universe.

But the way people have been talking about it, I was beginning to think it may be over the top. I heard everything at a local coffee shop from “it was way too Christian” to “Christ has no place in football” to “I can’t believe they thought they could shove church down people’s throats like that.”

After hearing all that chatter and reading all the negative press coverage, I figured I’d be in for a surprise. And I was. Just not the one I bargained for.


Do you find this video controversial? More controversial than say the half-naked ladies on TV during prime time? Or the frequent sex scenes on a station that touts family values? Or those Go Daddy commercials that make most women (and men) I know extremely uncomfortable? Or the reality TV shows that promote the farthest things from family or values? To me, these things are controversial. Kids chatting about God is not.

While the concept of "religion," "Christ" and "salvation" may indeed make people uncomfortable in this day an age. Let's put that aside for a second and look at this commercial based on its intrinsic value. No nudity, no swearing, no sex, no gore, no insanity. Just kids talking. I say score one for John 3:16!

In fact, I hope we see more commercials like this in the future. (Last year, by the way, another organization tried to get a John 3:16 ad aired during the Super Bowl, but was denied based on it's "controversy." Check that one out here: LookUp John 3:16.)

“For God so loved the world — The whole world. Everyone. Anyone. That’s a lot of people! – that he gave his one and only son – his only son — That whoever believes in him will not perish but will have eternal life. Wow!” Wow indeed.


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12 comments:

  1. Anonymous5:19 PM

    It didn't air in our area...or maybe it did and I didn't see it! But yes, this is cute and totally not controversial. I'll take this ad over a half naked woman on a car any day and I'm not even a Christian! Great post Nicki

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Melanie. I will check out your blog too. blessings, Nicki :)

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  3. Thanks for sharing this, Nicki. I thought it was very cute. But, I guess, some people are very allergic to the Bible in any form. But - thank God - the Holy Spirit speaks loudly and clearly. WOW indeed. :) Blessings to you!

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    1. Yes, and what a horrible allergy to have, right? Blessings to you!

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    1. Me too. Those kids are too adorable, right? :)

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  5. It is a great video of God's love for the world... the problem is the "world" doesn't understand it. I pray that God opens more minds and hearts to Him through this effort! Nice post Nicki! :)

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    1. Thanks Amy. I sure do too. It's also a nice reminder of the childlike fervor we should all have for our Lord & Savior! Blessings to you!

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  7. Anything that boldly proclaims the truth of God's love to this world that needs to hear it so badly is a winner with me!

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    1. Amen to that Julie! Thanks for stopping by :)

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