Miley Cyrus has been all over the media lately from doing lines in the bathroom to disturbing behavior with teddy bears to nude appearances on wrecking balls.
Common things to hear, “She is the product of bad parenting, I can’t believe her parents would let her go off the deep end.” Or, “She is a terrible influence to young girls everywhere. Little girls looked up to Hannah Montana and now she’s turned into a skank.” Or, “Fame sure went to her head. She became like every other child star- a druggie who shaved her head. What a shame.”
However, when you stop and think about it, this isn’t a Miley problem. It’s not a child pop-star problem. It’s a human problem. The lyrics of one of her most recent songs, “We can’t stop,” shows the depths into the rebellion that is deeply rooted in every human soul. The problem is not Miley.
The song begins with:
“It’s our party we can do what we want
It’s our party we can say what we want
It’s our party we can love who we want”
Thank you Miley, for painting a perfect picture of the human condition for us. We live in a sense of entitlement, particularly in Western culture. We believe we can do what we want when we want because we make the rules. Don’t you dare tell us no. And this is not a generational issue; this is true of every individual with a beating heart.
Then we look to consider, why would we serve a God that is going to gives us rules? Hold us down? Tell us how to live our lives? What is appealing about that? In our minds, we are the boss. Nevermind our Creator, the Ruler of the Universe, the One who gives us the very breath in our bodies. Miley says, “And we can’t stop. And we won’t stop.” We are not capable of stopping our sin. We are powerless against it. Not only that, we won’t stop. The mastering sin in our hearts says, “Even if I could stop, I wouldn’t. I don’t want to.” Sin and power take control over our lives, control that doesn’t belong to us.
We have been offered life- COMPLETE life. And given mobility, money, relationships, transportation, homes, communication, more than we could ask for and definitely much more than we need. Most importantly, he’s given us his very Son. Yet we can turn around and say “This is our house. This is our rules.” Screw you God.
The fact of the matter is this is not our party. This is not our life. As much as we’d like to think so, we are NOT in charge. We couldn’t be if we tried, because we don’t control the world. Maybe Miley has gone out of her mind, shaved her head, and started smoking illegal substances, but how am I any better? I just as easily turn around to say, “No God, I’m not going to give you my time this morning. I make the rules, and I don’t care about yours.” Or, “No God, I’m not going to apologize for all the hateful things I said and thought about every driver around me that made me late for work. This is my world, and they need to work for me.” How can I be so selfish? The heart behind my wickedness is no different from this pop-star. Just because people don’t see my rebellious heart on E! News, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
The moral of the story: this is God’s party and we do what he wants. Why? Because he calls the shots. He’s the boss. He created it all and can take it away. We have no right to complain about the rules. We have no right to complain about the world around us. We have no right to rebel, do our own thing. This is not our world – it’s His – and h]He is gracious enough to let us abide in it. To let God call the shots is not to make us suffer or strip away our freedom. The thing is, his design is actually the absolute best for us. He would not give us less than His best, so our submission to Him is actually more freeing than any other offer of “do what we want.” When you consider Miley Cyrus, do not judge her on the poor decisions she has made of her childhood stardom. Consider that you are the same: broken. In need of a Savior- the true Savior. She is just as broken as the rest of us, trying to be the captain of a ship we do not have the map for. Consider His grace. That the Lord allows us to take part in His plan and participate in His world. He graciously and rightly takes the reigns over our lives if we let Him. Not to punish us, but actually to protect us. There is great love in coming before the Lord, broken, empty-handed, out of control and out of options. He cannot fill us until we are truly empty, no longer making the rules to anything. He wants to rule our hearts because He truly wants what is best for us. And what’s truly best for us is Him. Give up your control. You don’t really have it anyway.