Five @ Free Flow Friday!

Not only is it FRIDAY!!!!!!!

And not only is it Friday of LABOR DAY WEEKEND!!!!!!

And not only is it Friday of the first weekend of COLLEGE FOOTBALL!!!!!!

It’s the first (and hopefully last!) Miley Cyrus Version of Five @ Free Flow Friday!!!!!!!!!

That’s right, folks. She’s been talked about all week long. Much has been written about this dear girl that my children still innocently listen to (thousands of times a week) sing “Hoe Down Throw Down.”

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I came across some very interesting and helpful articles for us as we seek to dissect just what that was Sunday night. Though I did not watch, nor suggest that you do, I saw enough news coverage on TV screens at various airports the day after the VMA’s to be shocked that Hannah Montana was doing THAT.

So, I’ve put ’em all together below (that’s how we roll):

#1. I Weep for Miley by Trevin Wax

I weep for my five-year-old little girl, who twirls around like a princess and hugs me tight at night, when I think of the world she is growing up in, the world I will send her into.

I weep for the broken, messed-up world we live in.

#2. Sorry, Miley by Brandt Hansen

Kids don’t need more kids. They know plenty of them. Kids need adults, actual adults, adults adult enough to reject a culture that is so bored, so dead, that it can only feel alive if given one more jolt, one more shock. And it’s hard to shock, anymore, but Miley hit that mark.

#3. What Would Jesus Say to Miley Cyrus? by Garrett Kell

Jesus would have much to say to Miley Cyrus, and it would sound a lot like what He has to say to the rest of us. Let’s not harden our hearts to His voice, but rather, let’s follow the One who came to save sinners like us. Pray that Miley would as well.

#4. Lessons from the 2013 VMA’s . . . from ‘Learning My Lines’ Blog

I’ve been watching culture for several decades now. I more convinced than ever that it’s not ‘just music’ like so many think. It maps out life. Add to that the fact that there are now 24/7 delivery systems thanks to technology, and the ante is upped exponentially. The power of music and media to shape kids is even greater where the traditional socializing institutions of family, church, and school are no longer functioning with time, conviction, nurture, and clear ethical directives as they once did. What you saw on Sunday night was this generation’s philosophers, trend-setters, preachers, and educators. Think about this. . . most of the performers and presenters were extremely young. What they sing and how they live is evidence of how they have been shaped by those in the industry who exercised a nurturing presence in their lives as they were coming of age.

#5. This Ain’t Your Mama’s Broken Miley by Sarah Condon

The lyrics of her song ‘We Can’t Stop’ sound like some kind of a love ballad to booze-induced freedom, ‘It’s our party we can say what we want/It’s our party we can love who we want/We can kiss who we want/We can sing what we want.’ And yet, when we see Cyrus’s painfully broken self on stage, it is hard to believe that she’s doing what she wants at all.”

 

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2 thoughts on “Five @ Free Flow Friday!

  1. Rodney Wimberly says:

    “There are a lot of religious types who won’t like to hear this, but it’s true. Jesus came to spend time with people just like Miley Cyrus. In the Gospel of Luke 5:30 the religious conservatives of Jesus’ day grumbled and said “why do you eat and drink with…sinners?” The answer? Because Jesus has compassion on sinners (Matthew 9:36), He loves sinners (Romans 5:8), and He came to call sinners to believe in Him (Luke 5:32).

    ‘So Jesus may well have gone to the VMA after party last night and sat with Miley and her crew (including the bears). That would not be unlike Jesus at all. In fact, that’s the very reason He left the holiness of heaven—to proclaim the Gospel of the kingdom to people just like Miley Cyrus.”

  2. J.B. says:

    Wow! When you posted this two weeks ago, I saved a couple that I didn’t have time to read on my phone, to look at on a later date. So, I’m just now reading #4. Pearson, I was completely enamored by the following statement. I think every Christian on the planet would do well to preach these Biblical truths to themself every single day. I know I will. Anyway, here is what caused me to quit reading:

    “As I prepared to watch the VMAs, I kept reminding myself of some core theological truths that are sometimes easy to forget when you are engaging with disturbing cultural artifacts. We need to remember that God is in control, that God is providentially working out His plan, that there is nothing new under the sun, that sin is sin no matter what shape it takes, that I’m the chief among sinners, and that we need to be like the Men of Issachar. . . “who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” (I Chronicles 12:32).”

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