Miley seems to be the talk of the week with her performance on the VMA’s. In fact, I was appalled at Facebook and how many people shared their “reviews” on Miley for all to see. I was more embarrassed at everyone’s reaction to her than her actual performance. I remember the Hannah Montana days when she was this sweet, child star rising to fame. It’s only a matter of time until they all grow up; Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Dakota Fanning, Miley Cyrus; the list goes on. The one thing that stays true between all these child stars is that they go through all the same struggles and trials as any normal young adult! I work with young women on a regular basis and I was their age a number of years ago and I get it, I understand, but the problem is we should all understand it. A celebrity like Miley Cyrus is no different than another 20 year old girl trying to discover who she is in this world and where she belongs. Heck, when I was 20 years old, I’d say I was in the same spot as Miley right now. I didn’t know who I was and I went through a lot of messed up things in my life to finally find who I was. Miley is known all around the world and one thing I know we will never understand is the amount of pressure these young girls hold on their shoulders to please the world and the viewers, us.
It breaks my heart when all I see and hear around me is people treating her like she is nothing, that she is disgusting, that she is a whore. It especially breaks my heart when I hear Christians saying these things. Just because she is a celebrity and we are unable to reach out to her does not give us the right to show the world how much a 20 year old girl disgusts us. I would have gone down that same road at 20 years old if I heard all the things being said about me. Where is the love we so highly talk about? My heart is exploding with love since Miley’s performance. She is so desperately trying to discover who she is and I know there is that little Hannah Montana inside her screaming to get out, but the world is louder and just wants another young woman shaking and showing all she’s got, so we can bury her in disgust, shame and disgrace. Women need to feel wanted, valued and loved and if we don’t find these things in God’s love then we will turn to many other things that will never fulfill us.
Christian or non Christian, we are so undeserving of God’s love just as much as Miley is, but because of God’s grace we are all loved equally no matter who you are and we are taught to show that same love to all the Mileys of the world. Next time this happens and I am sure it will, I challenge you to respond with love and prayer. She needs as much prayer and help as I do, as we all do.
For everyone has sinned; we ALL fall short of God’s glorious standard.Romans 3:23
Love, Be Loved and Know Love.