Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Twerker, the Witch and the Wedding - the 2014 Grammys

Sounds like a parody of CS Lewis' masterpiece to you?  Me too, but unfortunately the joke was not on The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe but the Christian worldview upon which the novel was based.   And that "joke" that parody, was led by women who were raised in Christian homes and now reside in the world of Hollywood.

You guessed it, the Grammys are on my mind and my heart.  I have waited weeks to let the unrest in my soul dissipate but to no avail.  I have prayed that God take this pain from me if it is His will.  Apparently it is not, the message remains in my soul.  In obedience, I write.

Did I watch the Grammys?  I did not, but I have seen enough video clips to be thankful I did not tune in.  Do I sometimes watch these Hollywood tributes? Yes, I do.  I believe recognizing the cultural climate of our society is something I must do to be an effective leader of a ministry for girls.  And, at times, I prayerfully enter into media targeted to youth that I prefer not to have to see or hear.  I know and you know that our girls are exposed to it everyday and if they are not personally exposed, their friends, their schoolmates and their generation are sure to have heard or seen the latest assault on purity.

The Grammys - from Beyonce's inappropriate attire and moves, to Katy Perry's witchy persona being burned  at the stake while demon- like entities dance in celebration, to Queen Latifah's recent "ordination" to perform "marriages"- the whole charade seemed like a vile missile whose target was anything pure, righteous and holy.

It is tempting to close our eyes, ears and minds to the latest production the mainstream media has for us, but how can we?  We have to engage our kids and talk about God's plan while helping them build an armor of protection.   We need to know about the topics of which they have knowledge and we need to talk about them.  How do we do this?  Through consistent conversations and bringing God's relevant Word into the dialogue and God loving behaviors that we model.

As you and your daughter listen to a song, watch a TV show, or attend a concert, talk about the values that are being presented and celebrated. "How does this song depict love? What does this TV show assume about marriage? How does this artist demonstrate purity?” Only through the power of His Word and consistent prayer can any of us repel the missiles that are being produced and launched daily by much of today's media. 

Meanwhile I continue to pray for Hollywood's elite so that the love of Christ and His righteousness may bring light and joy to their lives.  I hope you will join me.

To learn great techniques on how to lead from the heart on even tough subjects like this, consider joining me at the  2014 National Leadership Conference - we have alot to talk about!

Phew!  It is done.  Thanks for listening.

Until next time,

Teach these commandments.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Deuteronomy 6:7

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