Social media has been in a storm the last couple days over the performance by Miley Cyrus during the VMAs.
While we do have satellite TV, we rarely watch anything other than an occasional Food or Travel show and record BCC America shows on their DVR service.
My kids have never watched the Disney Channel or Nickelodeon. I just felt it was twaddle. We have more important things to do. I don’t care what your family watches.
The bagger at the commissary tried to interact with Kate and Alex yesterday afternoon. As she picked up my pineapple to place in a bag, she held it up, and rather insanely hollered, “Hey, kids! Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?!”
My kids looked at her like she’d just grown another head. I quickly explained that we don’t watch that show or any TV, really. She replied, probably a little embarrassed, “That’s great!” and proceeded to commend me on my healthy purchases and lack of soda.
So, my reaction to this “Miley situation” is perhaps different than most families whose daughters grew up watching and loving the show Hannah Montana. I never had doubts about her potential as a role model. We don’t idolize celebrities in my house. Too few deserve to be idols.
We keep our eyes on Jesus.
While many condemn and spew hate towards Miley and every other sex symbol in American entertainment history, I am just saddened that another beautiful girl has fallen from grace.
Can’t we just help her get back up?
I think we’re looking at the picture all wrong. It’s not Miley’s fault. It’s probably not even her parents’ fault that she acted like she did. She is educated by the world and this is what the world does. It is acceptable in the entertainment industry. She is no longer a Disney child star. She made that clear!
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. ~Romans 12:2a
Our participation in the world’s activities is a matter of conscience before God. What works for your family may not work for another. What I do is not necessarily what you should do. Why must we argue about it? Where is courtesy and manners? Can we not be friends if we disagree on minor lifestyle issues? Legalism isn’t love.
As Christian parents, what do we do with a prodigal child? Will you condemn your daughter if she strays? Will you show your disappointment with her poor choices? What would make her want to return to the fold?
The church doesn’t really address these issues, at least not in my experience. We look askance at the girls in too tight shirts, too short skirts, and stripper shoes. We wonder about the boys with ear plugs and crude tattoos.
Can’t they be saved too? I’ll bet they have amazing testimonies! What might they do for the Kingdom?
I love this post about modesty. Only the Holy Spirit can change hearts.
Last I heard, Christ came for sinners…
Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” ~Luke 5:31-32
Churches should fling open their doors wide for the lost to come stumbling through – for those who seek redemption and love. Instead, it seems many churches peer through the blinds in hope that those poor lost souls go somewhere else rather than darkening their pristine narthex with the obviousness and raw truth of sin and yearning for a loving God.
Appearances shouldn’t matter.
People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7c
Where did we go wrong?
Why are the youth going astray?
Have you looked at that log in your eye lately?
The media – music and movies and TV and Internet – is not to blame.
I’m sure there are many parents of tweens and teens (like myself) who disciple our kids and pray and do all the “right” things and our kids will make poor choices, but they may return like the prodigal. They may not. We can only pray.
I was that prodigal. I didn’t grow up in church. The world discipled me and I followed its teachings. After 29ish years of being lost, I was found and I vow to raise my kids better than the world can. But it’s ultimately their choice. We can only pray. If I am forgiven, anyone can be forgiven…
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 1 Timothy 1: 15-16
How diligent are we as a church in discipling our youth? Parents often do the job well at home, but are those teachings reinforced or undermined when those impressionable, easily influenced kids walk through those church doors?
The world is infiltrating even the church. And the devil is loving it! When the world is louder than the teachings of Jesus in the lives of Christians, then something is wrong. Why are so many youth walking away and going astray?
What and who are your kids following?
Who is speaking loudest to our youth?
Check out these books if you want to disciple your children like Jesus – despite the world – or be a catalyst to renovate church to be more like what it should be!
AND PRAY. Pray unceasingly for our youth.
Want to read more? Here is a list of posts reaching out to Miley:
- What are we going to do about it?
- This post about How do we help Miley?
- My friend’s post: Miley- A lesson and warning to Christian parents about false conversion.
- A Facebook post about praying for Miley instead of judging her.
- This: Miley, the Morning After.
- Another one: I weep for Miley.
- Who Do You Want Teaching Your Children About Sex?
- What Would Jesus Say?
And this has been in the theme this week: An interesting post about Christian women and girls wearing bikinis. And what about Robin Thicke? Here’s a post about him: Dear son, don’t let Robin Thicke be a lesson to you…