Seems that the chatter on social media and entertainment sites is at a fever pitch over Miley Cyrus’ recent performance on the MTV Video Music Awards. For the record I don’t watch celebrity award shows, so I didn’t see Miley’s VMA performance – but I’ve sure heard a lot about it. And, of course, the media chatter ranges from praising her creativity and courage to burning her at the stake for her depravity.
Although big-time celebrities make tons of money, celebrity carries with it great personal risk. Personal security is at risk as fanatical fans sometimes turn into celebrity stalkers. Privacy is lost as the celebrity cannot meander about without paparazzi or fans trailing behind. Make a bad movie, commit a personal indiscretion, or push the moral envelope and the celebrity faces the wrath of a society that seems eager to tear them down and then rip them to shreds once we have them pinned to the ground.
When one chooses to put herself out there, especially in a manner in which she has to know is pushing the moral envelope (it appears that’s how Miley is marketing herself these days) she opens herself to critique. Critique is warranted and the celebrity knows that critique will be sometimes positive and sometimes negative. Based on what I’ve read and seen, Miley will not see a dime of my hard-earned money. Here ends my critique of Miley Cyrus’ performance.
Speaking as a Christian, when I look at Miley I see evidence of a lost soul. It breaks my heart to read comments from Christian friends who have jumped aboard the “tear down Miley” bandwagon. Instead of tearing her down, we Christians should be lifting her up in prayer, praying for Miley and others who appear lost and so desperately need the Gospel. Christians, let us rise above the fray and do what we are called to do. Let us pray for all who are lost and for our nation that all too often seems to relish in their demise.
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her,”Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” ~ John 8:3-11