Who’s to Blame for Our Miley Cyrus Problem

ImageApparently Miley Cyrus has gotten herself into a bit of trouble. She has done something in front of a bunch of someones that, allegedly, wasn’t very lady like. I’ve never been a Miley Cyrus fan. I don’t have anything against her I simply didn’t have any pre-teens in my house when she was Disney‘s darling and i’m too old now to listen to popular music. I don’t know what it means to twerk or be twerked but i’m pretty certain it would be physically painful for me and emotionally damaging for any witnesses.

In the interest of full disclosure I have not seen the “ghastly” video that has parents up in arms, culture warriors shouting from the rooftops and Hannah Montana fans burning their t-shirts, ticket stubs and posters. I really do hope to keep it that way and before we start roasting marshmallows, and this young lady, over the flames can we at least pause long enough to ask who’s to blame and what can be done?

To be famous is quite simple. Do crazy things, be insanely popular. The most dramatic, shocking, upsetting, disturbing act or word wins the prize. This isn’t new. I was a teen in the 80’s with Madonna, endured Marilyn Manson in the 90’s, put up with Lady Gaga in ’00s and here’s Miley corrupting our youth. (They said the same thing about Socrates.)

My prayer phrase today is from Psalm 101; “I will walk with a blameless heart and set before my eyes no vile thing.” To “walk with a blameless heart” is more than not getting caught with your hand in a cookie jar, being busted or caught in the act. It is to seek and live a life that is mindful, pure and to remember the path you choose affects everyone you meet along the way. Desiring to be virtuous and faultless so others can know and see truth in you.

To “not set our eyes on a vile thing” is much more than not watching a dirty movie, looking at a magazine or visiting a website when no one’s around. It deals with purpose and where we fix our gaze. What we set our mind to, what’s important to us, what we value determines our destiny. Where we look is where we are going.

So who is to blame and what can be done about our Miley Cyrus problem? I’m not sure, probably nothing. We can, however, determine to have a “blameless heart and set our eyes on no vile thing.” We can walk the path of wisdom, love and compassion. Doing this will encourage others we meet to do the same. We can value things that really matter and avoid the trappings of fame, materialism and other trinkets that lose their luster and never satisfy. Maybe this will solve our Miley problem and just might save the world.

Oh yeah…and if you see some middle aged white guy sprawled out on the ground somewhere screaming, “I think I broke my body!” I just couldn’t help myself.

wisdom and light,

bdl

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  4. Ms. Cyrus isn’t as much to blame for this as society is for providing a market for this type of thing. As soon as we all start rejecting this type of behavior,t will stop. Romans 1:28 also comes to mind when I real this kind of stuff, I am working on a post about that for tomorrow.

    Great blog, btw. Keep up the good work.

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  5. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the like.

    It’s very difficult to transition from a child star to adult one. For every Jodie Foster, Justin Timberlake, or Sarah Jessica Parker there are many more who fall to pieces.

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    • well said. i think if it weren’t for life’s surprises, culture and others we’d each be in very different places. judgement is so limited, i don’t understand why people are so quick to cast stones.

      thanks for stopping by and taking the time to share.

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  6. Great writing. Thanks for stopping by and liking my latest post!

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  7. I have been hesitant to judge Miley based on behavior. As you said, we have all had our youthful mistakes and poor decisions. I do find my self shocked that her father condones this behavior. It makes me sad. It is hard to teach my boys to respect all women even when they don’t respect themselves.

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    • well said. it is difficult to teach respect for others when so often they haven’t learned to respect themselves. I think, hope, that respect for others will, at least in part, teach them to respect and love themselves for the unique and special person we each are created to be.

      blessings.

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  8. I haven’t seen it either and am not tempted to at this point. I did some pretty disgusting things in my youth and thank God that He lifted me up. But it took almost 50 years, so who am I to criticize Miley Cyrus. I will pray her heart turns to God before her time here is over. What did JC say about the one who owed more and was forgiven their debt? They were more grateful than the one who owed less. Sometimes our gratitude is as deep as the pit we were in when we realized that by God, through our co-heir Jesus, we are forgiven!

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    • very well said! that’s a future blog for you…and one worth writing. it is interesting who is judged and not by God in the scriptures and how quickly we assume other are always the target of God’s judgment.

      thanks for taking the time to post and read.

      blessings.

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  9. Enjoyable read! My wife and I had a conversation, based on some of Miley’s recent controversies, and wondered why everyone was all that surprised. Which allowed us to be somewhat indifferent to this specific case, thus able to ask “What are we doing to make these behaviors sustainable” and “What are the deep rooted issues in her heart, and ours, that cause us to act out in such ways?” Really, Miley is doing what nearly every late teen/early twenty does… Just with an entire nation watching her. Good word, thanks for the blessing.

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  10. Personally I think we should blame Van Gogh, cut off one ear to spite the face. It really has to do with the listening thing. Be careful to what you listen to and what you see. It all damages the body no matter how you look at it. Blessings.

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  11. I deeply resent the fact that I wasn’t the first to think of your handle ;^) The most creative thing I’ve come up with for my profile is Goofy, sprawled in the floor with his pencil hovering over a sheet of paper. Everything I write goes through that stupid, “Goofy” stage before my thoughts become coherent on the page. I enjoy both your style and your content, and I’m subscribing to your feed. Thanks for doing what you do.

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  12. Great post – good perspective! And by the way, I like your handle. You probably already are one, you know!!

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  13. Excellent post! You hit the nail on the head!

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  14. Hi Brian!

    Enjoyed your thoughts. Hope to read more of your writing. Thanks for stopping by my site.
    Tom

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  15. All that is needed is for more people to say mea culpa, mea culpa when they see something like that…I have eliminated the source, have no TV in my house.
    Verizon kept offering it to me since I have their service, got so desperate practically offered to me for nothing. To get rid of them I said is against my religion.
    Celebrities are spoiled children with too much money..they should be involved in charitable work and do some penance.

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    • i applaud the discipline you have of no tv in the house. we do have tv and enjoy watching a few shows but are quite selective. it’s amazing to me the behavior we obsess over and the behavior we ignore, like sacrifice.

      thanks for sharing.

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  16. Brian,

    Thanks for the visit and the like. Enjoyed this post and your sense of humour.

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  17. Good stuff, Brian.
    Thanks for swinging by my blog earlier today.
    Keep up the great writing.

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  18. Beautiful writing, Brian!

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  19. Excellent Bible based essay! 🙂

    Ultimately the blame lies with those who are her audience and those who cluck their tongues while shaking their heads in self righteous judgement after setting their eyes on a vile thing.

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  20. Lack of disciple. I have said it over and over that she would have been the world greatest role model to children except that she lacks discipline.

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    • It has to be so tough to be addicted to fame, to give everything for it.

      Thanks for sharing, it is much appreciated. blessings today. ~bdl

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    • As an underage genetic celebrity Disney was able to exploit Miley Cyrus’ facade of wholesome innocence. However once she and her audience came of age her career of being a highly paid child star was forever over. Thus requiring Miley Cyrus to reinvent herself. Unfortunately by both consenting and cooperating with her own sexual exploitation she took the easy road instead doing the hard work necessary to transform herself into a serious performer.

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    • To you as well. I have enjoyed your posts. NT Wright is fabulous.

      I am a nazarene associate at Ephrata Nazarene on the Philadelphia district. Maybe we’ve run into each other at District Assemblies.

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  21. Wow, I didn’t know you could write??? Very good, I’ve started reading, so you will have to keep writing..

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  22. A great post! My response to Miley–keep her in our prayers. She’s a real life young lady with a lot ahead of her. I pray that she will find the Peace that passes all understanding. Sounds crazy, but I pray for the actors I admire. They need the Truth too!

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    • Thanks for the response. I would agree. Each of us are walking a path and need others to come alongside of us helping us find our way. Blessings to you this day.

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  23. I am waiting and watching who is casting the first stones.
    Oh if we could just be perfect.

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  24. You’re an excellent writer that seems to live and think theologically. Good post.

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  25. Well said PB! I don’t blame her, I think it is more society’s fault. Thanks for your words of wisdom! I love reading your blog 🙂
    Love y’all,
    Jen

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