Really? You think all your outrage on Facebook and Twitter will cause Miley to pause and think, “wow, maybe my twerking ain’t such a good idea.” Really?
I’ve seen the video. I’m not a fan. I think Miley has some issues. I don’t think there’s a chance in hell she’s going to listen to my complaints. Yet, that’s what so many Christians do isn’t it? I know because I’ve been and will likely be one again. We complain about what someone else is doing while we surf Facebook, talk about the people who should change their life while sitting in cozy church building classrooms and say every mean thing we can about those damn Democrats in Washington who want socialism and the total moral decay of our society.
Well, heck, we are Christ-followers, right? And that’s what Christ did, right? He stood around and complained. Or not.
Why not pray that God fill up the heart of Miley? Why not pray that God fill up the heart of our politicians (and don’t pay too much attention to the Republicans or you may start to think a bunch of them are scoundrels too)? Talk to your kids about what’s right with Jesus, not what’s wrong with Miley. Call your political representative and tell them what you are praying for, not about their voting record. Get involved. Volunteer at school. Become a part of the political process. Teach at your church. Volunteer at the local food pantry. Organize giving efforts in your community.
I’ve made a promise to myself that I will gripe about prayer in schools when I start my day and end my day in prayer with my kids, when I share scripture with them once a day and when I show them a life totally dedicated to Jesus. I don’t think I’ll be griping about prayer in schools anytime soon because I’m not yet emulating what I think is right for me to my children.
I wonder if God is more disgusted about Miley’s performance at the VMA’s or by self-professed Christians who complain about what everyone else is doing wrong while doing little to nothing themselves. Revelation 3:16.
Please, encourage me to live the life of a Christ-follower. Help me see the way to Jesus more clearly by emulating it for me. I promise to do my best to join you and help someone else see the way.
Grace and peace.