It hasn't taken very long for Miley Cyrus (a.k.a. Hannah Montana) to become a pop music icon among pre-teens across the country. Knowing the pitfalls of many girls who have entered superstardom at such a young age, Miley promises to pursue a different path that will keep her on the straight and narrow. Recently, when asked by Barbara Walters what would keep her from becoming the next Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan, she responded, "I feel pretty confident I won't end up like that because I can go out there and be more of a light to them. I think it's my faith that keeps me grounded, especially because I'm a Christ follower for sure."
Saying that she's a follower of Christ is a big deal. No doubt Christians will be watching to see if what she believes corresponds with how she lives--which is why the following news by Walt Mueller is so disheartening:
It seems that Miley Cyrus – aka Hannah Montana – has done a controversial photo shoot for the June issue of Vanity Fair magazine. Entertainment Tonight scooped the story, telling viewers that the fifteen-year-old Cyrus had posed topless while wrapped in what appears to be a satin bedsheet. Not only that, but there’s a photo in the mix of Cyrus posing with her father Billy Ray that just seems extremely inappropriate. . . . and even creepy.
My good friend, Lisle Drury, said something very true in response to all this. He said, "All this should cause us to pray." I agree. Let us pause not to condemn, but to pray for Miley Cyrus. She may well be a follower of Christ, but she's still only 15. She's fifteen and making millions of dollars. And she has an Enemy who would love to bring her down along with other pop stars who have preceded her.