Usually, I don’t like to take "shots" at pop culture…reason why? It is too easy of a target! Demonizing a culture that has been partially shaped by our own fascination with ourselves and our desires is not going to get us anywhere when it comes to the Christ-honoring journey. Even so, you are going to have to forgive me for these comments – I’ll keep them brief.
I was doing my weekly spin class, sweating away, when the instructor played Hannah Montana’s song, "Best of Both Worlds". Here are some of the lyrics:
You get the limo out front, Hottest styles, every shoe, every color
Yeah, when you’re famous it can be kinda fun, It’s really you but no one ever discovers, In some ways you’re just like all your friends, But on stage you’re a star, You get the best of both worlds, Chill it out, take it slow, Then you rock out the show, You get the best of both worlds, Mix it all together and you know that it’s the best of both worlds
You go to movie premiers (is that Orlando Bloom?), Hear your songs on the radio
Livin’ two lives is a little weird (yeah), But school’s cool cuz nobody knows
Yeah you get to be a small town girl, But big time when you play your guitar
Pictures and autographs, You get your face in all the magazines
The best parts that you get to be who ever you wanna be
Now, like I said, it is too easy of a target…but our culture is obsessed with narcissism…it is promoting it more than ever. It used to be that there was a segment of society that was a bit more "protected" from this obsession on self…that being children. There were "spoiled" kids to be sure…but at least children weren’t blatantly marketed to in regards to buying into the culture of self. Now, the gloves are off and the game is on…children (Disney produces and heavily pushes this type of programming with kids) and the deepest part of their hearts are being drawn into narcissism. Which leads me to make a quick suggestion that you pick up Jacob’s book called, Original Sin. If ever we needed reminders of the shadow side of humanity and what happens when we FOCUS our entire world on that aspect of our nature, it is now.
Anyway, I’ve got that off my chest…I’m feeling a bit better. Now, how to give my grandkids and other kids that I have in my relational circle some God-honoring perspective and challenge on this growing issue. More to come…