We are still recovering from the shocking behavior of Miley Cyrus at the 2013 video music awards. Along with the public demonstration on live television, Miley has published a hit music video with her wearing nothing. Is this the fruit of her years working for Disney?
Miley isn’t the only modern day performer to build a multi-million dollar legacy through publicity about her body. Lady Gaga performs in a similar manner. Even more shocking, Japan now sells a life-size doll of Lady Gaga for men. It’s better that we don’t explain.
Both performers are raking in millions of dollars. This industry knows what they are doing, but do they know what they’re doing to our families, children, souls?
What has our culture come to? What are our teens experiencing?
Parents face a daunting task raising children today.
There is a current addictive substance added to a large majority of entertainment. Movies, like the recent Hunger Games, mix scenes of violence and lust, planting graphic images into the minds of children. Pop icons sell records by blurring the line between the bedroom and the stage. Even best selling books keep the reader engaged by adding little sprinklings of regular adultery. (I am trying my best to watch my language).
It would be cliche to say our current culture is filled with sin. We are beyond that and almost immune to sin. Instead, we could say that our culture is satisfied with illusions to the true good.
Blessed John Paul II, in Theology of the Body, speaks volumes on the beauty of marital intimacy and the human body. However, today beautiful bodies are used to make money, rather than making themselves truly happy.
Instead of blaming the Pop icons and entertainers who feel it is necessary to reveal their bodies for money, why not criticize the bankers, producers, managers, and directors who encourage this behavior. Behind every celebrity, pop singer, or movie star, is very large supporting cast.
Where were the virtuous men and women around Miley at the VMA awards encouraging her to act with prudence, rather than act vulgarly?
Often when one person falls into sin or acts in a way contrary to the common good, you find that person surrounded by strong influencers. If multiple people can lead a person into sin, then maybe it takes multiple people to help that person return.
Do we influence those around us to to good and avoid evil, or sink away from truth and into evil? Secondly, when those around us are wallowing in the filth of evil, do we stay silent and let them sink or reach down and help them up?
Through Baptism, our Lord shares with all of us the incredible power of the Holy Spirit. This powerful advocate is always with us. Do not be afraid to influence those around you to do good, walk away from sin, and return to Jesus. Likewise, when someone is in serious sin, pray, pray, pray, because your prayer might be what helps them return from the grasp of the devil.