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Would Jesus Approve of SIs Swimsuit Issue?
The Christian Diarist ^ | February 16, 2014 | JP

Posted on 02/16/2014 2:15:20 PM PST by CHRISTIAN DIARIST

The annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue arrives on newsstands Tuesday. It features three semi-nude babes on the cover.

The issue is eagerly awaited by much of SI’s readership. However, let those of us who are Christ followers not deceive ourselves: the magazine’s swimsuit issue is nothing more than softcore pornography.

Indeed, SI’s cover, celebrating the 50th anniversary of its swimsuit issue, actually is more sexualized than the cover of the latest issue of Playboy, which marks the skin magazine’s 60th anniversary, and which features the model Kate Moss in a bunny costume.

What particularly offends about SI is its hypocrisy.

The magazine’s writers and editors pride themselves in being on the right side of controversial social issues that transcend sport. But they have been silent about the sports media’s shameless exploitation of young women for the lustful pleasure of men (and boys).

To wit: SI recently published a fawning cover story about Michael Sam, the former Missouri college football player who came out of the closet as a homosexual, who hopes to become the first openly-gay player in the NFL.

“America is ready for Michael Sam,” SI declared.

Then there’s SI’s campaign to compel the Washington Redskins to change its team name to comport with the magazine’s politically correct sensibilities. In fact, the mag’s NFL writer Peter King decided last football season he would no longer reference the franchise’s team name.

“It has nothing to do with calling anyone racist.” said King. “It’s just I’m uncomfortable using the name.”

Yet, SI’s writers and editors think it perfectly acceptable to pander to its preponderantly male readership with lascivious pictorials of young women that are seminude or fully nude (save for body paint).

MJ Day, the madam of sorts who edits the mag’s swimsuit issue, even goes so far as to suggest that the cover shot of models Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge, “clad in orange thong bikini bottoms,” as the New York Daily News described their skimpy attire, and Chrissy Teigen, in a “barely-there pink bikini,” was perfectly wholesome.

As to the models themselves, who’ve sold their souls for fame and fortune, “They’re really good girls,” Day told the Newark Star-Ledger. “They’re the girl next door.”

Well, really good girls do not take their clothes off for the titillation of millions of men. And girls next door don’t strike come hither poses suggesting that they’re inviting a sex acts.

Of course, most of SI’s male readers look forward to this Tuesday’s arrival of the swimsuit issue. They can’t wait to ogle the scantily clad models therein.

But for those us who are Christ followers first, sports fans further down the list (behind family, country, et al.) we are instructed to be not “conformed to this world,” where soft core pornography has been mainstreamed by the popular culture.

No, we will not go to hell by viewing the risqué photos in SI’s swimsuit issue. But we certainly will be conducting ourselves outside of God’s will.

Indeed, in the Gospel According to Matthew, Jesus declared, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

That’s why the men among us who are committed Christ followers will bring every lustful thought into captivity to the obedience of God. And that means avoiding SI’s soft core porn issue.


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KEYWORDS: blogpimp; moralabsolutes; objectification; sexuality; sportsillustrated; swimsuit
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SI's swimsuit cover models Nina Agdal,Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen appeared together at an event last week, fully dressed and absolutely stunning. They needn't take their clothes off to be super models.
1 posted on 02/16/2014 2:15:20 PM PST by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

NO


2 posted on 02/16/2014 2:17:05 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

You actually put the picture on the blog page? What would Jesus say about your hypocrisy?


3 posted on 02/16/2014 2:22:06 PM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: yldstrk

Heck, more to the point, would he approve of S. I. to begin with?


4 posted on 02/16/2014 2:22:37 PM PST by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

We don’t want the puritans getting hot n bothered. Bee keeper outfits please.


5 posted on 02/16/2014 2:23:41 PM PST by deadrock (I am someone else.)
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To: Pete from Shawnee Mission

SI is still around? The last time I opened one was back in the early 80s.


6 posted on 02/16/2014 2:24:17 PM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
SI lets subscribers opt-out for the swimsuit issue if they think it is offensive.
7 posted on 02/16/2014 2:24:51 PM PST by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

It was never about the swimsuits. Years ago I would look at it to see what new styles of swimwear there were. I soon realized the “swimwear” was basically a couple of inches of fabric that no one would actually wear.


8 posted on 02/16/2014 2:25:07 PM PST by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Matthew 5:28 seems to answer that question.


9 posted on 02/16/2014 2:25:21 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Yes. They’re hot and i would rather look at those 3 than another vomit-worthy picture of the obamas.


10 posted on 02/16/2014 2:26:39 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

no.

It’s porn


12 posted on 02/16/2014 2:33:52 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: yldstrk

Sluts Illustrated


13 posted on 02/16/2014 2:34:07 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: wally_bert

I see the cover used as an enticement to click on online ads.


14 posted on 02/16/2014 2:34:36 PM PST by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: deadrock

ANY clothing would better than none, how is naked a “swimsuit”?


15 posted on 02/16/2014 2:34:57 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: heylady

They have also had issues where the models are naked with some paint on


16 posted on 02/16/2014 2:35:39 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Don’t you need to have a swimsuit on in order to qualify as a swimsuit issue?


17 posted on 02/16/2014 2:43:51 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
Though, I agree with this article in principle, considering the amount of actual pornography watched by Christian men and within the Christian community... this is a mountain out of a molehill...
18 posted on 02/16/2014 2:43:56 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: yldstrk

Personally, I enjoy the SI Swimsuit issue.
If you don’t like it, don’t buy it, don’t look at the pictures.

This is pretty much what conservatives tell liberals who don’t want to hear conservative radio. Don’t listen.

No one has tied you to a chair, propped your eyelids open with toothpicks and held the bikini pics up in front of you.


19 posted on 02/16/2014 2:52:14 PM PST by CPONav
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Typical politically correct liberals.


20 posted on 02/16/2014 2:56:53 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: CPONav

With those three gals on the S.I. cover, my eyelids don’t need toothpicks, they need VISEGRIPS!!!!!

For such occasions there is even a prayer, courtesy the late great Lewis Grizzard:

“O Lord, I give Thee thanks for vouchsafing unto me, Thy most humble servant, this heavenly vision of but a few of the most beautiful creations which Thou hast made!”


21 posted on 02/16/2014 3:02:01 PM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: yldstrk
No HE would not.....but many Christians will rationalize that its just "innocent" victimless immorality.....to which I would reply...."say it face to face with HIM"...

even if it weren't morally offensive, its still sexist objectification which equals demeaning and belittling...

22 posted on 02/16/2014 3:04:19 PM PST by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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23 posted on 02/16/2014 3:10:47 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

“the magazine’s swimsuit issue is nothing more than softcore pornography.”

Yes, and?


24 posted on 02/16/2014 3:14:26 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

That was a rhetorical question...right?


25 posted on 02/16/2014 3:14:55 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: freedomfiter2

Lustful looks don’t spread STDs, nor do they create unwanted pregnancies.


26 posted on 02/16/2014 3:18:51 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: raybbr

Wow! Thanks without this blog and your reference to it, I would never have seen the pix!


27 posted on 02/16/2014 3:24:06 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

What a stupid and idiotic question. Only imbeciles could or would come up with that.


28 posted on 02/16/2014 3:30:49 PM PST by mulligan (I)
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To: null and void

Having Obama rape the country and lie to all Americans is much more damaging to God’s Creation. SI is the least of our concerns after experiencing the Obamanation. End times are near.

Praise God and Pray with me for Salvation, Amen.


29 posted on 02/16/2014 3:30:59 PM PST by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
I don't speak for Jesus, but I think He would not approve.

Just out of curiosity, why did you include the cover pic on the blog?

30 posted on 02/16/2014 3:35:03 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Pope Calvin the 1st, defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades)
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That’s why the men among us who are committed Christ followers will bring every lustful thought into captivity to the obedience of God.

Men of God have probably figured this out for themselves already.

31 posted on 02/16/2014 3:35:37 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

The self life is just too tempting and that’s why most people choose it. “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart”, comes not from the Christian Diarist. Those are the words of Christ - you know - the Son of God. The Christian Diarist did say, “That’s why the men among us who are committed Christ followers will bring every lustful thought into captivity to the obedience of God (actually just quoting II Cor. 10:5). This article is to committed followers of Christ. It’s not for anybody else. I think what some here might be missing is that true Christians think that there is nothing, nothing better than Jesus! They are radically in love with him and these little sacrifices to obey him his words are things done to show him our love. SI, professional sports, fast cars, rock music - nothing comes close to how great He is. True believers are ready to lay down their lives for him in complete surrender. Yes, it often takes time and certainly his empowerment, but it does happen. The Bible calls it “growth”. I think the only thing to be added is that once you truly experience his love and know his forgiveness you might understand the perspective from which the Diarist writes. He’s not trying to get people to do what they don’t what to do. He’s just trying to help believers do it better and not be compromised. If you don’t share that same perspective - then please, this article is not for you. God’s redemptive plan is available to all, but God is not naïve or some romanticist, he knows most will not be interested.


32 posted on 02/16/2014 3:38:44 PM PST by Lake Living
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

We did not post the full cover, but an edited picture. The full cover was considerably more risque than our edited version.


33 posted on 02/16/2014 3:48:44 PM PST by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I don’t know, you didn’t show us the picture. I want to see the picture before passing judgement!!!!


34 posted on 02/16/2014 3:53:04 PM PST by Vinylly
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Would Jesus even think about a magazine? For what reason?
Did not Jesus focus on people?


35 posted on 02/16/2014 3:55:01 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

It looks like it’s on a beach somewhere, but it’s hard to tell because those girls are blocking the view.


36 posted on 02/16/2014 3:56:41 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

“America is ready for Michael Sam,” SI declared.

What a stupid statement..
There have always been homosexuals. Get over your self..


37 posted on 02/16/2014 3:57:32 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

The answer is Yes, no and no. Jesus was very clear that he especially disapproved of lusting after women who were married or betrothed.

Nina Agdal is unmarried nor scheduled to be married, nor is she believed to be dating. So for a man to admire her beauty, even on the very scant hope that someday he might become her suitor, would be acceptable. Though not if he was a real creeper about it, that is, if he was so driven by lust that he acted in a beastly manner.

The other two are married, so are off limits.

About the only argument Jesus had with Jewish law on the subject was that he had a much stricter view of divorce, especially casual divorce just to get new partners.


38 posted on 02/16/2014 3:57:45 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

As a woman, I think they’re stunning.


39 posted on 02/16/2014 4:10:14 PM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Ooh. Women in bathing suits. Avert your eyes. Ooh.


40 posted on 02/16/2014 4:36:15 PM PST by sakic
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To: yldstrk

Dont fall for this .... this is pharasitical display of self righteousness... Like you need to tell others what he would approve of or not? Isnt this the log in your eye thing?


41 posted on 02/16/2014 4:38:37 PM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

This reads like something one of those muzzie ayatollahs might write.


42 posted on 02/16/2014 4:40:11 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: Walkingfeather

uh yeah no

it’s not

I am not a person that flashes a lot of flesh or that objectifies others

the SI swimsuit edition is sexualized garbage


43 posted on 02/16/2014 4:41:08 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

Ok so would that also include michaelangelos David? Have you been protesting that? Or can only women be “Objectified?”


44 posted on 02/16/2014 5:23:01 PM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

They often lead to things which do.


45 posted on 02/16/2014 5:27:03 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST; a fool in paradise

“Sometimes a swimsuit is just a swimsuit.” — Sigmund Freud


47 posted on 02/16/2014 5:41:06 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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Would Jesus Approve of SI’s Swimsuit Issue?

Of course not.

Would he approve of anyone's swimsuit? Did they have swimsuits in his day?

48 posted on 02/16/2014 5:51:20 PM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

LOL I thought this was about Si on Duck dynasty.


49 posted on 02/16/2014 5:54:07 PM PST by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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To: CPONav

While that may be true my family saw it 6ft tall projected on the wall at a chinese restaurant the other night. They were playing fox news. we looked away but we didnt choose to see it in the first place.


50 posted on 02/16/2014 7:06:49 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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