Who’d that be, you ask? Turns out it’s Miley Cyrus:
“My faith is very important to me,” said Miley, a Southern Baptist. “But I don’t necessarily define my faith by going to church every Sunday. Because now when I go to church, I feel like it’s a show. There are always cameras outside. I am very spiritual in my own way. Let me make it clear, though–I am a Christian. Jesus is who saved me. He’s what keeps me full and whole. But everyone is entitled to what they believe and what keeps them full. Hopefully, I can influence people and help them follow the same path I am on, but it is not my job to tell people what they are doing wrong.”
Attagirl. Hopefully she keeps that sense past the age of 17. Currently, it’s her job to stand on stage in slinky clothes and pole dance for money. An un-Christian life choice? Not the way she’s looking at it, and told Parade Magazine the same.
“But it’s like, ‘Dude, Christians don’t live in the dark.’ I have to participate in life. If I wear something revealing, they go, ‘Well, that’s not Christian.’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to go to hell because I’m wearing a pair of really short white shorts.’ Suddenly I’m a slut. That’s so old-school.”
Yep, it is. Christianity is still saddled with many old, archaic traditions made strong by domination, control, and fear. Whether it’s telling women to shut up in churches or insisting they follow a dress code, it’s about the domination, control and fear. Not just fear of God, by the way, but fear of freedom.
Give people the freedom to do, say, and wear what they want, and what faith do you have in their willingness to keep on believing what you insist is true? I’m sure most of them still would be believers, if given the choice. Restrictions can keep people safe but they can also suffocate. Limits are useful to a point but there’s also a point when it’s time to compromise and loosen up a little.
We aren’t all hypocrites who say one thing and then turn around to do the opposite. If our values, beliefs, and philosophies really are important to us, then they’ll have an effect on every aspect of our lives, from the friends we choose to what we choose to do when we’re with them. We’ll keep them them regardless of what clothes we have on or what jobs we take. They’ll matter Saturday night, they’ll matter Sunday afternoon.