My wife and I just watched a clip of news video from CNN about Britney Spears’ delayed child hand over, ambulance trip, visit from “Dr. Phil,” et cetera (and ad nauseum).
We spent a few moments afterwards noting that all she is really known for currently is self destruction, causing us to ask each other: “Aren’t there a lot of people out there destroying themselves who could be just as interesting as Ms. Spears or even more so? Why do we have to focus on this one?” If self destruction is a worthy, stand-alone factor contributing to entertainment value, doesn’t any program director or paparazzi figure have a crazy uncle he could devote some camera time to?
I can envision a classroom in the Millennium (no debates please about childhood education after Christ’s return; picture a living room or kitchen if you’d like you fellow homeschoolers out there), in which the teacher says, “OK, class — we’ve just discussed the mind blowing events and circumstances that were piling up at the very beginning of the twenty-first century that lead almost directly to the end of the world as everyone then knew it. Now, what big stories do you think the news programs were reporting on during most of that time?”
I suspect that the kiddos will be quite surprised at the answers. (If anyone hears that Ms. Spears has married Michael Jackson, please e-mail me and warn me not to watch television until late August.)
I hope that girl is able to get her act together. When it comes to messed up lives — you know: fornication & adultery, homosexuality, drinking & drugging — the apostle Paul warns Christians: “Such were some of you” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). That the verb there is were and that we do not now walk down those roads should cause us to thank God in humility and fear — thankful for His mercy in our lives and for the willingness of Christ not only to humble Himself as He did on the cross, but also to continue to humble Himself, in a way, by living His life again within each of us today (Galatians 2:20). After all, though we were reconciled by His death, we shall be saved by His life (Romans 5:10).
Ms. Spears’ tale is a sad one of cause and effect in a 2 Corinthians 4:4 world. For her sake, I hope that these recent “climactic” events become catalysts for a change for the better. Whether they do or don’t, I suspect that the talking heads on TV can’t wait to tell me — whether I really want to know or not.
It’s certainly easier to report on than real news.