My friend Doug’s Facebook update says this. “I’ve noticed an interesting thing on my newsfeed today. A lot of people who usually are hollering, “Don’t judge!” when it comes to themselves and what they do, like, and look like, are today doing that very thing with Miley Cyrus. I guess that only applies in one direction. Just an observation.” Yes, this is the perfect illustration of misquotation of Matthew 7.1.
My Facebook feeds have been full of Miley news instead of the news about the warfare in Syria. Different reactions come up. Some condemn her. Others prefer the news to be about something more significant than whether Cyrus should be tweaking and twerking her bum. So do I.
Naturally, many who have “value” find her whole performance disgusting. I suppose as a father, I should feel concerned. The fact is, as much as we want to be tolerant in this society, we all judge. Everyone does! We judge especially when things aren’t going the way we would imagine them to go.
After all, how does Hannah Montana becomes Madonna with a big tongue over night? We want our pure little Disney princess remain a princess forever. We all want our reality to resemble a fairy tale and our princesses not to grow up and make mistakes. Some of us have, in fact, thought whatever was on TV IS reality. Some of us think that Hannah Montana is Miley Cyrus. Do we honestly think that our child stars actually ARE the roles they play? According to the haters, we honestly do. Do we actually think our junior highers are as innocent as they claim? Our fantasy entertainment world is not reality however. Reality is broken, grown up, and rough around the edges. Life causes people to move one direction or another. That’s reality. Nobody stays static. When people move different directions, others would make the judgment.
What if we apply the standard we judge Miley Cyrus’ changes to ourselves in our life changes? What if some of us have made other mistakes but not in such a public manner (though I doubt if she thinks she has made a mistake)? Would we apply that same judgment on ourselves? I do wonder. Life is not fairy tale after all.
After this episode, we definitely need to rethink how we read Matthew 7.1. For my previous blog on this verse, please see here.