To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Monday, April 28, 2008

Vanity Fair

It's 7:20 pm and my daughter is off with her Daddy looking for a bathing suit. They've exhausted our local stores...Walmart, Target, K-Mart even Beall's Department store. The hunt for a modest swim suit is almost an impossible that has grown in it's impossibility exponentially with Sarah's advance into teenagedom. Personally, I'm thankful that this year Rob is taking over the task...whew.
But here is the startling point where our life...our reality...comes into sharp contrast with the world. Miley Cyrus, aka Hannah Montana, has issued a statement apologizing for a picture of her that will appear in the June issue of Vanity Fair. (Okay, do we really need to bring up the name of the magazine and Pilgrim's Progress?) I say it is appropriately named and I don't really view them as the main culprit...culpable yes...but no real surprise as they are staying true to form and being exactly what they are.
Miley's portrait shows her unclothed...clutching a blanket to her chest in a pose more suited to a centerfold than that of a teen idol held up to be a wholesome-young-woman-of-faith-role-model.
So while my soon to be thirteen year old daughter is off with her father finding a bathing suit that will protect her modesty, a fifteen year old millionaire is having hers sold to the highest bidder. Yes, yes...I heard that Mr. Cyrus claims to have already left the building when this took place. Who in the world is he leaving in charge of his underage daughter then? I'm pretty sure that if Rob handed over the task of bathing suit shopping to someone else...someone else would sure know what was expected and allowed for his daughter.
Frankly, I'm not buying it. The best of both worlds sounds like a lot more than just a song title. This is sure to generate a lot of publicity and in turn revenue for a family that earned $18.5 last year off Hannah Montana. Here's what I really don't get. Why do we expect to have the best of both worlds as well? Do we really think we can have a rock star role model for our daughters without the taint of the lifestyle that comes into direct conflict with the word of God? Two words from a lesson we should have learned: Britney Spears.
For the record Rob pulled up the photo of Miley and showed it to Sarah. I overheard a beautiful conversation between a father and his daughter as he sought to show her the difference between the way of the world and God's way for families. I heard a father reassure and promise to protect a young girl...and I saw a little girl trust her Dad to do what was right. And I saw a young woman who wants to be pleasing to God and her Daddy make a decision to no longer be a fan. To choose on her own to get rid of stuff that comes from Vanity Fair.


s g said...

Wow- at first I was sad for her, but I think you're right. This is nothing but a publicity stunt. vanity fair indeed.

Anonymous said...

Kudos for Sarah and Kudos for Pastor. I've got to say that at that age, Shannon too, made a stand to keep her body modest for
Christ and was even asked about it
( wearing a one piece) back then.
She was concerned at being a stumbling block for fellow youth as well as friends at school. And for the youth at church, she literally told a some how she felt
about keeping their minds on Christ. But......
then she grew up, became an adult and the world was different and got caught up in it
instead of guarding herself.
I hope this girls father ,(Billy), will have a real awakening and keep his daughter safe.

sarah said...

I am glad to have a dad that cares about me!