Some seem to think Miley Cyrus’s recent performance was shocking. From one who has only seen the reaction and a few choice photos, I really can’t say I’m the least bit surprised. I mean, isn’t this the same girl who was “caught” sexting on youtube at what, 14? 16? I’m pretty sure I saw her on the cover of Cosmo baring all but her pink parts just a few months ago. Even my more-in-the-know-than-me daughters have been known to tell their friends “Hannah Montana is bad because she doesn’t wear any clothes.” Come on. Anyone who has to change their very identity in order to be who they really are without disturbing the innocent minds of children has obviously got some issues to work through.
But don’t get me wrong. I’m certainly not here to throw stones. I fear my fragile house would surely fall if I did that. I’m writing this to point to what truly comes as a shock to me.
I’ve seen photos, blogs, comments, and comedy on the subject for two solid days now. Everything from disgust, shock, fun-making, object-lesson creating, example-giving, mockery, and hatred offered toward this young woman – namely from Christian sources. My shocker? I haven’t seen any identifying with, grief over, or prayer for her as a lost and dying sinner.
I don’t know about you, but as a not-as-young woman who knows just how tempting sensual power is, as a wife covetous over her husband’s eyes, as a mother anxious about her young daughters’ futures, and as a Christian wholly dependent on grace alone in the area of fornication, adultery, immodesty, and impurity, I am grieved much, much more by the lack of sobriety, grace, and support I see for this lost and dying symbol of what our entire culture of lust lives, loves, and wholly approves of daily – Christians not exempt. In my honest opinion, Ms. Cyrus was just giving us all what we’ve been overwhelmingly been asking for.
I’m literally shocked that “Christians” in this country are still nonchalantly watching MTV. I’m shocked that this performance is national news. I’m shocked that people consider it legalistic to read reviews before attending or purchasing movies. I’m shocked that people who obviously watch and listen to this music think this performance is shocking. I’m shocked that no one seems to see the sickness within themselves as they watch they sickness of demonic lust on their television each and every night claiming it doesn’t affect them. I’m shocked that no one finds this shocking. I’m shocked at myself when I find myself following this culture in competition rather than whole-hearted counter-suit. I’m shocked at the public outcry void of public prayer and public weeping over the cesspool our nation has veritably become.
I’ve not much to say other than I’m desperately grieved. Every single day I grieve over the state of the world more than the day before. I pray I am not alone.
Brothers and sisters, pray for me. Pray for us; our children. Pray for Miley. Pray for our country. Pray for revival, for conviction, for extraordinary mercy. God forgive we who live in complete denial all the while claiming we are his. The Jews did that, once, and, right after he identified with the adulteress they were ready to stone, this is what my Savior said:
They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did,40 but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. 41 You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. 43 Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. ~John 8:39-45