By Brad Hall
TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)
On Sunday, Aug. 25, the MTV channel broadcasted the 2013 edition of the MTV Video Music Awards, or VMAs.
If you are unfamiliar with the VMAs, it is an annual ceremony where musicians, directors, producers, choreographers and the like are honored for their achievements in making music videos.
In recent years, however, the show has become more about the outlandish performances and outfits the artists wear than the awards themselves.
So instead of the media buzz being about who won the award for “Video of the Year,” everyone wants to know who did the most shocking thing during the show, or who wore the craziest outfit.
This year was no exception and was headlined by the raunchy performance of Miley Cyrus.
Miley is famous for formerly playing “Hannah Montana” on the Disney Channel, and for being the daughter of country music icon Billy Ray Cyrus.
She took part in a medley with fellow pop artist Robin Thicke while wearing next to nothing and making many vulgar movements along the way.
Immediately after her shenanigans, the online world blew up with many Facebook and Twitter users expressing how shocked they were by the woman who used to be the star of a children’s sitcom.
And many folks probably weren’t even watching it live, because let’s face it, MTV hasn’t really aired music videos regularly since the Clinton administration.
So those people were trying to track down a video of Miley on YouTube or setting their DVRs to record the replay so they could talk about it later with their friends.
Besides the fact that Miley Cyrus has become a negative influence on the young boys and girls who used to watch her show, what is wrong with this picture?
First, as Christians we probably should not even be watching the MTV VMAs. As I’ve already mentioned, the show is full of filth and the music that is celebrated is just as filthy.
Second, for those who weren’t watching it live, we shouldn’t make an effort to try and find the replays. Because that only means we are either wanting to see it for personal pleasure, or we just want to watch it to pass judgment and talk about how terrible Miley Cyrus is.
Then when we talk about it, that only encourages others to go watch.
How does that make us any better than her?
We become guilty of exposing our eyes to garbage, and guilty of passing judgment.
Psalms 119:37 says “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.”
And regarding the judgment of others, Matthew 7:1-5 tells us “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is a log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
The performance Miley Cyrus made was disgusting, and she by all means needs to make some changes in her life.
But rather than giving her attention or passing judgment, why don’t we spend that time praying for her, and fixing what is wrong in our own lives.
Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit his blog at hallthingsconsidered.blogspot.com