Don’t Look Ethel! It was too late…

In the Ray Stevens song entitled “The Streak” there is a phrase that is repeated several times, “don’t look Ethel!” Recently I have felt the urge to yell out “don’t look Christians!”
But I’m afraid it’s too late.

The Miley Cyrus episodes of twerking and suggestive dancing has caught the attention of many in the Christian community. Many have gone to great length to inform us how ungodly her behavior has been lately. They go so far as to show us pictures and give details that can only be known by watching the video. There has been a lot of posting and reposting about the actions of Miley on Facebook from parents to preachers. The discussion has opened the door to several questions that need to be asked.

Should Christians watch such videos? The Bible says “For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.” (Eph. 5:12) In public or secret, it’s not something that christians should dwell on or promote, even if it is to point out how wrong something might be.

Has the Christian community digressed so much that we need christian watch dog groups or christian family organizations to point out sin for us? Are we no longer able to identify wrong or shameful acts?

Why have we singled out Miley? I have seen some touchdown dances that were inappropriate in my opinion but nothing is mentioned about such acts. Why are we so inconsistent?

Many years ago I was quick to point out the sinfulness of others. But I discovered that I was not helping the sinner but only fueling the imagination of my own mind while exposing my inconsistent message. I began to pray and study the Word of God looking for a solution to my problem. I soon discovered a Biblical and better way of dealing with the sin filled world.

Don’t be against something but be for something!

I’m for the gospel of Jesus Christ! I’m for the Word of God! I’m for Spirit led living that glorifies God! I’m for decency and respect for my fellow man! I’m for the Truth that sets men free from the bondage of sin and death! I’m for a brotherly love that touches lives! I’m for hiding the Word of God in my heart that I might not sin against God! I’m looking for the return of Christ!

Why do we feel the need to expose sin in others when we can shine the light of Jesus?

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. (Ephesians 5:11-13 KJV)

So what do I think about Miley’s newest video involving a wrecking ball and sledgehammer? (DON’T LOOK ETHEL!!) I’m FOR the One who died on the cross shedding His blood so that all who believe and repent of their sins will find forgiveness and grace!

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