One More Thing

I told myself I wasn’t going to post anything else or share any articles/posts on Facebook about Miley Cyrus. Yet here I am writing about her on my blog. I don’t want to contribute anymore to her popularity and ever-growing media attention, because even negative publicity is publicity.  Nonetheless, I have a couple of things to say and I’ll be done.

There have been umpteen articles and blog posts written about Miley’s unforgettable performance, so there’s not a lot I can say that hasn’t been covered. As I said on Facebook, the performance pretty well speaks for itself.  As for why she did those things, there could be a million different reasons and many people have contemplated them. And as parents, I think we can all agree that we must be very careful in what we allow our children to watch and teach them that celebrities aren’t to be idolized. A couple of my favorite posts include this one at Rage Against the Minivan, discussing better alternatives to prove you’re an adult. Plus it has the infamous picture of Will Smith and his family’s reaction. Love it.  This blog post was written as a letter to the author’s daughter. One of my favorite lines from the post is : “This is what happens when no responsible adult has ever said the word “no,” made you change your clothes before leaving the house, or never spanked your butt for deliberate defiance.”  You’ve got to love that.

The Smith family weren’t the only celebrities who were appalled or disturbed by her performance. Therefore, I’m wondering if anyone actually enjoyed it or thought it was even in the realm of acceptable and appropriate.

All that being said, if the majority of the world is in agreement about how distasteful her little stunt was, then why are we still talking about it? She  wins every time someone posts something on Facebook, Twitter or their blog. (and yes, I know I am contributor). What would happen if we spent our time talking about issues that truly mattered? (please note when I say we, I am most definitely including myself) What if we talked about the fact that there are ~153 million orphans worldwide? Or that there are 400,000 children in foster care here in our very own country. (source: Orphan Justice by Johnny Carr) What if we got as fired up about the fact that 19,000 children die daily due to preventable causes? Instead of talking incessantly about Miley Cyrus (or any celebrity), what if we discussed ways to help the poverty-stricken of this world who have to survive on less than $10 per day? That’s 75% of the world’s population by the way. (source: Unfinished: Believing Is Only the Beginning by Richard Stearns) What if we opened our eyes and realized human trafficking doesn’t just occur in other parts of the world? ~100,00-300,000 children here in the U.S. are victims of sex trafficking each year. (source: Orphan Justice)

And beyond talking about these matters, what if we put our money where our mouths are and actually do something? It’s so easy to read these stats or see pictures on the internet and just glaze right over them. But it is imperative to realize the numbers and faces represent real human beings. Helpless, innocent children. If you are a believer in Christ, you have been commanded to care for the least of these. May we  broken and burdened for the things that matter to God.

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
9Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
    you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
    with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
    and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
    and your night will become like the noonday.” ~Isaiah 58:6-10

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