My oldest son asked me if I had seen her new music video. He said, “Watch it, and I’ll bet it writes your next blog piece.” Well, he was right. Partly. I’m not going to tell you what the name of the song is, because I can’t in good conscience, give you the tools you need to find it and watch it. You may just want to trust me when I say, “Its shockingly gross.” What happened to the sweet girl who played “Hannah Montana”, and led a generation of little girls in singing sweet songs about their grandfathers?
I’m not sure, but all that said, its coming right on cue. As each of us goes our own way, and as each of us does what is right in our own minds, these kinds of things are going to become commonplace. We can sit in our ivory towers and say things like, “Tisk, tisk” and look down our noses at those who think a video like Miley’s is just awesome, but it won’t do us any good. It won’t stop the roller coaster we’re climbing on. It’s arriving right on schedule.
We could jump up on our soapboxes and point fingers of judgment upon people who choose to go their own way, but it won’t do anything to change their hearts. And really, shouldn’t we point our accusing fingers back at ourselves?
Right on cue this week, our Supreme Court made some rulings that will change the face of our society forever. Christians are in an uproar about it, but let’s be honest, with our divorce rate equaling that of non-Christians, we haven’t really been upholding the biblical view of marriage either.
Pastors in the Christian church have been willing to marry anyone as long as one was a man and the other wasn’t. Let’s face it, lots of people have been married in the church that never should have been, if they had truly valued the biblical version of marriage, that is.
Marriage is supposed to be the picture of Christ and his church. Marriage is the closest and best representation of the intimacy of Christ and his people. But let’s face it; we have made a mockery of biblical marriage. So why should our society hold it in high esteem when we have not?
Marriage is one of the pillars of society. That pillar started to crumble in America long ago. I believe it’s why Miley Cyrus and others like her, are fine with putting out music videos that make a mockery of what should be reserved for married people. That kind of intimacy is holy, or at least it was always meant to be.
So what can we do to make a difference now? Now that the coaster has pulled away from the station? Is it too late? Maybe not. I say that all of this is coming right “on cue” because we see in scripture that as the day of Christ’s return draws near, we will see rebellion against the truths that God has established. Check out 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2. When deceived men decide they can exalt themselves above God, Christ will not be long in coming. So until the day of his return, we should honor God with our lives, through our marriages, and in the ways that we relate to those who disagree with us.
We must live our lives in such a way as to point others to Jesus. It may be too late for some things, but it’s not too late for that. Not yet.