Miley Cyrus is a talented girl. She has a great voice, shocking dance moves, and the ability to draw the world’s attention. Oh yeah, she also has very specific views on the Bible.
Yes, her interpretations might be different to yours. But it’s her interpretations.
Are they wrong?
But so are yours sometimes.
And so are mine.
This past week, Miley appeared nude in a publication of Paper Magazine and refers to herself as the “least judgmental person ever.”
However, the magazine notes that she “maintains a particular contempt for fundamentalist lawmakers who rally against progressive, potentially life-saving changes [for the LGBT] community.”
“Those people [shouldn’t] get to make our laws,” Cyrus said of Christians who hold to a traditional view of marriage.
The 22-year-old singer went on to slam Christians who believe Noah’s Ark was a real vessel: “That’s f–king insane,” she told the magazine. “We’ve outgrown that fairy tale, like we’ve outgrown f–king Santa and the tooth fairy.”
Miley also chastised not only her parents religious beliefs, but their political views as well. Cyrus called her parents “conservative-ass mother–kers!”
She then finished the interview by saying, “I’m the least judgmental person ever. As long as you’re not hurting anyone, your choices are your choices.”
I think some of the things she said were a bit judgmental. Maybe the definition of being judgmental has changed recently, but from what I remember, calling anyone “conservative-ass mother–kers!” (even if you think they are) is pretty darn judgmental.
The problem I like to address here (as I have done in the past) is the response from the church. Once again, we react to the world that judges us, by being judgmental ourselves.
Most people need love and acceptance a lot more than they need advice. -Bob Goff in Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World
Miley said that stories from the Bible are fairy tales and Christians all across America lost it! Uproar, ager, disappointment, judgement etc.
But I have met enough Christians in my lifetime (myself included) who claim to believe the Bible as the true living word of God but actually live like parts of it are fairytale.
Like when Paul declares that it is God’s desire to save everyone but we keep behaving like we are the special ones and everyone else (including Miley) are the enemy. “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:4 (The verse that inspires me to write and preach.)
Or when Jesus commanded us to, “Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.” Luke 6:30 (So all you Bible-Beleiveing-Christians, please send me your new iPads to 9225 Leesville Rd. Raleigh, NC 27613)
Or when John the Baptist said, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” Luke 3:11 (I prefer medium-rare filet-mignon steak thank you.)
Or when Jesus encouraged us, “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” Matthew 5:29 (Ummmmm)
And that time Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:6, “For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head.” (Sorry, either talk to my wife, or buy her a new hat.)
These are just five verses in the New Testament. If you want to get weird/complicated, I’ll give you five verses from the Old.
If we truly are followers of God’s words, then let’s follow the example of the Word of God Himself, Jesus Christ… the friend of sinners.
So here we are again. With an opportunity to respond with the message of love while living out of the Kingdom of Heaven. Here is Miley Cyrus telling us Christians that we are ” f–king insane” for believing in the account of Noah in the Ark (or any other parts of the Bible for that matter).
And like the multiple people who have already responded on social media, I initially got angry and started to think that Miley Cyrus is a ______________. But then I remember that Jesus said, “everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.”
So I need to stop treating his words like a fairytale.
[bctt tweet=”Let’s focus on living by God’s word as oppose to criticizing those that don’t.”]
Instead I will pray for Miley, who used to desire the ways of Christ. Jeannie Law wrote for BreathCast.com, “Cyrus regularly attended church as a young girl and even took to wearing a purity ring as a sign of her Christian faith.”
In 2008, Cyrus, an already very wealthy 15-year-old told Fox News in an interview that it is her faith that keeps her “grounded” and admitted her desire to follow Jesus. “Live like Christ and He’ll live in you, and that’s what I want to do,” she said.
Just a few years after her father Billy Ray Cyrus, popular country music singer, said in an interview with GQ Magazine that he regretted having her in the “Hannah Montana Show” and also admitted to having made serious errors as parent.
Billy Ray confessed that the entire family got baptized and were cautious of the temptations within the entertainment industry before going to Los Angeles. “Somewhere along this journey, both mine and Miley’s faith has been shaken,” he said. “That saddens me the most.”
In 2012, Miley tweeted: ‘You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements (carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, all the things that matter for evolution) weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in stars. So forget Jesus. Stars died so you can live.’
She later deleted the tweet that stirred up much friction among her fans.
Then, Miley’s infamous VMA performance was one of the most talked about occurrences of 2013. Barbara Walters’ named the 21-year-old one of the most fascinating people in the world. Her video for “Wrecking Ball,” which showed the singer with no clothes on, broke Vevo’s 24-hour record at 19.3 million views on YouTube, and continued to soar past 100 million views just a week after its release.
There sis no doubt, she is a powerful influencer to the younger generation (and to all the old twerk-ers out there).
However, instead of silencing her I want us to believe for her.
You can tell she thinks outside the box. You can tell she cares about the broken and marginalized. You can tell she has potential and draw. And according to God her father, she was fearfully and wonderfully made and has been designed for love.
I disagree with 96.5% of what Miley does, believes and says… but I don’t get to judge her. I don’t have to support her career, read her interviews or watch her videos, yet It’s my duty to have a hope for her future. And according to Jesus, I will never get a chance to be part of her healing, if I continue to be a part of her hurt.
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. – Jesus in Matthew 7:5
The same Jesus that just called me a hypocrite (and he’s right by the way) really loves Miley Cyrus.
And there’s no twerk (or tweet, or photo, or comment) that can separate her from his love.
That’s no fairytale. That’s the ultimate truth.
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