The VMAs: How to Uphold a Moral Standard in a Nation Without One

It’s been four days, and people are still talking about the VMAs. The fact that this event is still deemed a “relevant” topic of conversation for people in the media just shows how influential our pop culture is among today’s society, and how monumental this television segment was for the media world. I’m a sucker for awards shows, and was very excited to see the VMAs, as I am every single year. This year, however, I found myself shell-shocked.

MTV is known for pushing the envelope in (most) areas, however, there are certain standards that they are required to uphold to have a decent reputation among the world of television. This year, the VMAs were hosted by none other than the Fervent Instagrammer/Former Child Star/Controversial Character, Miley Cyrus. She appeared on the red carpet almost completely naked, and her antics throughout the show kept shocking viewers. Aside from wearing absurd outfits and making blatant references to her marijuana habit, she made it very clear that her past religious views and moral values are no longer relevant.

As I watched the mayhem ensue this year on the VMAs, I couldn’t help but feel sad. It is heartbreaking that our country’s moral standards are so low, we have no problem supporting someone who is naked on live television. It is sad that my future children will never know a world where people don’t frequently reference their drug habit in the media. It is utterly despicable that these actions are deemed “normal” in our society.

The (diminishing) moral standard in this nation cannot be stopped, however, as Christians, we have a responsibility to be worthwhile examples. While we must not judge others, we are called to be salt and light.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthews 5:13-16

The downward spiral that our pop culture has become should in no way reflect who we, as followers of God, are called to be. This does not mean that we will be perfect-because we won’t be. Despite our best efforts, we will always fail. However, imperfect humaneness is not a license to disregard any moral code upheld throughout the Bible. We are called to be different. We are called to stand out. We are called to teach morality to the next generation that will be exposed to more perverse actions than we are currently. We are called to pray for people like Miley Cyrus, and mourn over the lack of morality in our media. We are called to be light reflectors, not darkness judgers. 

Our nation might not have a firm moral code anymore, but that doesn’t give us license to accept the lackadaisical attitude adopted by our current culture.

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