Miley and The Importance of Thinking

Let me go on record by saying I did not watch the MTV Video Music Awards this year (by the way, I find it funny that MTV, which does not show music videos, would still have a Video Music Awards show).  I have not watched the replays.  I say this to say that the only thing I know about what happened at that event is because A) twitter blew up about it & B) so did the rest of the internet and TV.

Yes, I’m talking about Miley Cyrus’ “performance” (to put the term loosely) that night.  I think I can safely say that the majority of people thought unfavorably about it.  Let’s just call it what it was, it was horrible.  It was a train wreck.  It was every kind of analogy to bad you can throw out there.  There was no word that I heard after the fact saying that anyone liked it.

So on Tuesday, I saw that Miley was interviewed for the first time after the event.  One would hope that with all the negative feedback that maybe she would feel bad about what she did or how she acted.  Unfortunately, that would be not the case.  Miley in her interview said the following:  “We’re three days later and people are still talking about it. They’re overthinking it. You’re thinking about it more than I thought about it when I did it. Like, I didn’t even think about it ’cause that’s just me.”

When I saw this quote, my first immediate thought was “That is the problem.  You didn’t think.  If you had thought about it, you wouldn’t have done what you did.”  Unfortunately, this is the point where Miley is at now.  She doesn’t think about what she does, she just does it.  On top of that, the people around her let her do it.

I shared that quote with my friend Marty and he brought up a point as well.  He said “It seems to me that the problem is that her behavior doesn’t even cross her mind. It’s not even a blip on her radar,…you become calloused to sin.”. It’s not like Miley just woke up that morning and was like “I’m going to perform out there in a horrible manner.” She has been on this path for awhile now. She has gotten more provocative and risque until she’s at the point now where it’s just disgusting pretty much.

But you know what?  That’s how all of us can be when it comes to sin.  We can start down a path and before too long get to a point that we don’t even recognize where we are or how we got there.  One good thing (among many) as followers of Jesus is that we have the Holy Spirit with us.  He is there to console us when we are hurting but He is also there to convict us when sin is involved.  He also is there to warn us when temptation comes.  We also have fellow believers that we can turn to when we’re struggling and encourage one another to good works.

Unlike what Miley said, it is important to think.  It is important to think through your actions.  It matters.

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