How Should Christians Feel Toward Britney Spears?
This article was originally published as a part of the series titled “Just A Thought”
Some of us are outraged by “the kiss” between Britney and Madonna. Some of us are sad. Some of us feel pity. Some of us want to cut out the cancer that is destroying our young people. All of us are bewildered about what to do.
Why are we so bewildered? We are so bewildered because the problem seems so overwhelming. It is. We have a systemic problem. The problem is not that Britney would kiss Madonna on TV. The problem is that our culture has deteriorated to the point she would want to. It is a systemic problem.
We should not be surprised that our young people live out their worldviews. What should surprise us is that Christians have not had more impact on what those worldviews are.
“The kiss” is merely a “presenting” problem. The systemic problem is that too few Christians have been properly discipled to live out a Christian worldview. Hence, they have little impact on the worldviews of non-Christians.
For example, we have 108,000,000 men in America 15 years of age and older. But only 6,000,000 of them are involved in any form of discipleship or spiritual formation. That’s 1 out of every 18 men! Picture fielding two baseball teams but only one player had studied the rule book. It would be chaos!
So while there are many sociological and psychological studies to explain why we have so many problems (and many of these studies have value), the “root” problem—the systemic problem—is that we have not properly discipled enough believers into a Christian worldview to have critical mass in our culture.
However else you feel toward Britney Spears, please be sure to include compassion. Matthew 9:36 says, “When he (Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” She is lost. And are we not all culpable? She is a woman of her time…a time which espouses a worldview that came into existence on our watch. It’s as much our fault as hers.
Systemic problems need systemic solutions. The systemic solution is not to trash Britney Spears. It’s to get about the work of making disciples. Jesus went on to say to his disciples (us), “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:37-38).
Remember, the next “Britney” could be the daughter of a man in your church.