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The Upside Down World Of Pop-Culture And The Dangers Of Mass Entertainment As A Moral Guide


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Rolling Stone recently ran a piece on The Voice contestant Stephanie Rice. No doubt, one of the reasons she was so well received was because she's fashionably gay. But that's not all.

Rice went on to announce to the world that her family disowned her when she announced at 18 that she was coming out. Of course, it's not that she left her family for same-sex dalliances. No, sir! Her backward religious family kicked her out. Not surprisingly, everyone on The Voice bought it hook, line, and sinker.

Wow! That was brilliant! Rice complemented her stylish sexuality with the posh piety-bashing that so pervades our thoughtless pop-culture. That's why they don't call the program “The Brain.”

What's interesting is that there's another way to look at this whole thing, but no one wants to address it. Rather than grabbing the Kleenex and wiping the tears for such a “vulnerable” 27 year old reality TV star, maybe we should look at things from another perspective.

What about considering the arrogance and selfishness of a teenager that rejects the values her family taught her? What about considering the heartbreak that she knew her religious parents would face at her coming out party? What about the fact that she's still so self-absorbed at 27 years old that she attempts to shame her parents in front of the entire nation on The Voice?

Wake up, America! When the narcissistic, uncritical, lemmings of mass entertainment, such as the judges of The Voice, become the moral compass for our young people, then we are in real trouble.

Stephanie Rice is not an example of a vulnerable minority; she's an example of a self-centered movement that seeks to shame and ridicule people of faith. If someone wants to proudly center their identity on sexuality, then don't expect people of faith to be ashamed to center their lives on spirituality.

Stephanie Rice: you owe your parents an apology not only for breaking their hearts by valuing your sexual proclivities more than them nine years ago, but also for shaming them on television for the world to see.

2 Timothy 3:1-4 - “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”