Something Scarier than Miley Cyrus

It’s a scary world out there. Our poor children.  What about the next generation? It’s just going to get worse for them. Advertisers selling sex, more girls like Miley Cyrus shaking their booty on stage, gay marriage will probably be legalized everywhere, and oh yea, that Lady Gaga might still be around.

If you can’t tell yet…I’m being facetious. I’m just echoing the concerns of Christian FBers, Christian bloggers, Christian parents, and pretty much just Christians. I’m a Christian as well, but just not as concerned with what’s ‘out there.’ I’m more concerned with what’s in here, inside my heart.

Pointing Fingers

As Christians we are really good at pointing fingers at everything else but ourselves. There is something wrong and evil about everything out in the world. We point fingers at television, movies, entertainers, musicians, politics, and the gay community. We have an invisible force field of Christian prayer up around us, because the world is a scary place. I wish Christians today could go back to ancient Rome and take a walk with Paul. Ancient Rome makes the United States look like an innocent baby. Trust me, the world isn’t getting worse, it’s just been consistent.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t use discernment when it comes to our entertainment choices or what we choose to expose our children to. We definitely need discernment and wisdom in this world. I just want to make sure we’re fearing the right thing. How do you think the world got so evil and scary?

“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.” Romans 5:12

The Blame Game

That’s right. It’s not television’s fault, or Miley Cyrus’ fault, or all those nasty billboards, or all those homosexuals  wanting gay rights — it’s our fault. Society is messed up, because we are messed up. The real terror lies inside all of us. We should be more afraid of what’s in our hearts than what is out in the world, simply because our sinful hearts are the root of all evil we see in the world. Miley Cyrus is just a reflection of all of our hearts.

You heard me right. We as Christians share in this evil. Isaiah understood this very well. When he encountered the Holy presence of God Isaiah only pointed the finger at himself, and he didn’t separate the evil he found in the world from the evil in his heart.

“And I said, ‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Isaiah 6:5

Isaiah identified himself with the evil he saw in the world. If we truly understood how disgustingly depraved our own sinful hearts are, we would never be shocked by what’s ‘out there.’ Yes, the world is full of temptations for us, but the temptations are a secondary issue pointing to a much deeper issue in us. Temptations wouldn’t exist apart from the sin in us. Temptations are just our sinful response to external stimuli; they just bring out what’s already there.

What are You Afraid of?

You don’t have to see a Victoria’s Secret commercial to experience lust. You don’t need to have a lot of money to feel greed. You don’t need to see Miley Cyrus dance on stage at the VMA’s to know there is something wrong in this world. It’s vanity to point fingers at the external issues and try to run and hide from the world. This is why so many Christians become legalistic and are so devoid of love. We’re trying so hard to fix everything out there and protect ourselves from what’s in the world, instead of spending our energy fixing ourselves and seeking protection from the enemy within us.

I know  I want to be more afraid of my own sin. I want to teach my son to not fear the world, but to fear the evil in his own heart, and then teach him that grace is greater than the sin he finds within himself. We can’t fight every evil in the world, but we can fight the evil in our own hearts. This world is wasting away, but inside we can be renewed through Christ’s righteousness given to us through his death on the cross.

“Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous…But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness, leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:18-21

12 thoughts on “Something Scarier than Miley Cyrus”

  1. I have learned that I have to keep my side of the street clean and not worry about what others are doing. There are plenty of crazy’s out there, none worse than myself. I am with you on this blog. I think you hit it right on the head. I think that the majority of Christians have become intolerant to the point where they have isolated them self and made it that much easier for others to point fingers at them. If your main concern is your thoughts, actions and spirituality, it becomes very difficult for someone to accuse you of doing anything wrong or being a hypocrite. if you want to attract others to you through your walk with Christ, you really need to be walking with him and practicing what you preach. I have heard the statement that you should practice attraction rather than promotion. If our fellow Christians could only follow the same principals…

  2. I really appreciate this article. You are correct in saying that there ARE things of this world that we should protect ourselves and our children from, but the real issue is sin. I just finished reading an article about bikinis and was thinking how I wish more Christian families would live in a Christ-honoring manner, but you’ve just convicted me of my own self-righteousness. Do I have sin to deal with? Sure do! So maybe you’re right in that I should be more concerned about what’s going on inside of me and my family than what is going on in our world. Thank you. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for the comment! It was really encouraging to hear. It’s tough to cover a complex issue in a blog post, because we should seriously think through modern issues like bikinis…TV…movies…music..and the like. I hope the post didn’t come across as if I don’t care about all those things “out there,” and they should be disregarded. And of course we should stay away from things that really do tempt us personally. Guess we just can’t assume that our personal temptations are everyone’s temptations. Glad to see that you did pick up on that a little in this post. It’s always hard to find the balance. 🙂

      1. I don’t think you came across as not caring about those things at all. I totally agree that finding balance IS difficult. 🙂 The truth is that the world will always be worldly, but that fact doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t work against evil. I think the key is to work against evil without becoming self-righteous in the process. Great post!

  3. Great perspective. Thank you for sharing THE TRUTH from scripture to help us in our real battle. I totally missed the VMH awards – and have only read a few articles on various opinions of the show and what it means. My question is this: If this exact thing (same singers and everything) were in a movie or on a TV show we were watching . . . . would we be all up-in-arms about it?? Sadly, I think there are far too many of us (yes – myself included) that have already comprimised by what we allow into our hearts and even promote with our support. We aren’t fighting against “flesh and blood” (or movies, or singers, or billboards, etc). When I try to recognize and evaluate evil . . . . I should come to the conclusion that it is always principalities, or powers, or rulers of the darkness of this world, or spiritual wickedness in high places. The answer: put on the armor of God, STAND . . . . and FIGHT with those weapons only!

  4. Hello there, liz. I appreciate your insight on this matter and other things. My husband and I have been following lamp mode and pretty much anything creative that your husband does for some time now…round about a decade now to be honest. just wanted to say thank you. I’m thankful for all the ways HE is growing you as a wifey and mommy…i can see JESUS clearly! I know its strange, but in today’s world, where we are able to be “spectators” of one anothers live merely through pictures and video, it hard not to feel like long lost friends with people who don’t know you from adam. I guess I’m saying when I look at you and your sweet family, I feel a familiarity…a connection if you will. Truthfully, i know that is CHRIST, and so I rejoice when I catch a glimpse of it on fb or instagram, etc. keep up the good work, liz. Thanks again for sharing it in this way.
    P.s. I’d be lying if I said writing this didn’t help me feel a bit less “stalker-ish” about myself ( enjoying your pics and blog and all). So…I’ll just go ahead and hit the “follow” button officially now. :p
    Grace & peace,
    Naomi Guerrero

    1. Hi Naomi!

      Thanks so much for the encouragement! We do live in strange times with social media…it’s crazy being able to know someone, but not really know them…i’m sure you know what I mean. And don’t worry about stalking, I do the same thing with other people! Thanks for following the blog and for your comment. Nice to meet you. 😉

  5. Really great insights Liz! It’s so easy to focus on the evil around us and blame the culture rather than focus on our own hearts.

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