Archive for January 20th, 2008

Slice of Laodicea recently published a hit piece on Miley Cyrus, the hit musician and actress best known as Hannah Montana. The blog was inspired by an interview recently done by Christianity Today on the artist. Slice makes some pretty big statements of Cyrus, calling this 15 year-old artist the personification of the world and flesh. Pretty big shoes to fill for such a young girl. However, the author makes some large leaps in logic to make this story fit her agenda.

First, Slice equates Hannah profession and success with being in love with the world. Apparently if you are an actor, singer or dancer, and actually use your talent, you are in sin. I never understand why we hold artists who are followers of Christ to such a different standard. Imagine saying that a surgeon is in love with the world because they operate in a secular environment or work on non-believers. We would never do that. But that is exactly what we do with the artists in our faith communities. Here, the author claims that Cyrus is violating I John 2:15-17 with her career. Also, if you have seen Hannah Montana television shows or concerts, you would know that they are pretty squeaky clean. There aren’t any backup dancers shaking their rear ends on stage as the author would have you believe.

The author criticizes Cyrus’ lyrics in her song The Best of Both Worlds. She says that Cyrus is writing about having “the world and the flesh in all its deceptive glory and yet they believe you can still have God as well.” Had the author done some research, she would have known this has little to do with Cyrus’ philosophy on life, and more about her hit character, Hannah Montana. On the Disney Channel television show, Cyrus plays a normal girl who has a secret identity of being a hit teen singing sensation. This song was sung by her character. It speaks of having the best of both worlds – the normal 15 year-old girl and the hit singer, not the worldly showgirl and the holysaint. It is huge jumps to conclusions like this that show the lack of simple research in the ODMs writings.

Lastly, the author complains that Cyrus does not specifically mention Jesus, and therefore must be heretical or just plain sinful. First, we don’t know the full extent of the interview. We only get to see the segments that Christianity Today chooses to put in their publication. Second, Cyrus does mention her faith and involvement with God. I am still not too sure why the author feels is necessary to criticize her with such fervor.

I write all this because Cyrus is actually a part of my faith community. She is connected with our youth group and attends gatherings as much as she is able to. I know that Slice would also consider my church equally heretical and apostate, but it seems so sad to me that they would take the time to attack this 15 year-old girl who is truly trying to connect with Christ. It just does not seem like what Jesus would have us do with our time or resources.

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