To Transform or Not to Transform
There are a lot of people that are talking about how cancelling Netflix because of the movie Cuties isn’t the answer. People say we need an inward work of the heart to take place and not just a boycott. I absolutely agree.
Transformation is what we need.
So here’s my question…
Was Rosa Parks wrong for not giving up her seat?
After all, the prejudice of her day was an outward sign of an inward heart condition. Shouldn’t she have gotten up and just prayed for God to change those peoples hearts?
Maybe she should have shown a little more WWJD instead of resisting the authorities.
Yes, I’m being a little sarcastic but the sexualization of our children isn’t something to laugh at. Also, I’m not belittling what Rosa Parks did. In my eyes, she’s a hero and we need heroes like her to rise up and fight for our children.
We Need More Jesus Culture
When deep, cultural issues arise, there is never a one-size-fits-all solution. What’s going on in culture today with the intense sexualization of kids has been brewing for years. It’s a big deal now because we have reached the boiling point. There are hundreds of voices filling the space, vying for our attention.
As a believer in Jesus, there’s only one voice I chose to listen to.
Then he put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.”
Jesus shows the way. Earlier in that chapter, Jesus’ disciples were arguing over which one of them would be greatest in the Kingdom. When Jesus asked what they were arguing about, they were all silent because they realized the argument was so immature in the context of Jesus glory and beauty.
Next, Jesus takes a child to show them that greatness is measured by how we welcome and nurture children in the Kingdom.
WE NEED A TRANSFORMATIVE MOMENT!
There’s no denying that only Jesus can change us and make us more like him. But we do have a part to play in that transformation.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
God transforms but we change. Repentance is what that is talking about. When we think one way and decide to think a new way, that’s repentance and that is what we need right now.
There is no instance where child sexualization is ok. We need to renew our minds that every instance of using children in any sexual way is bad. Porn is completely bad but child porn is reprehensible. Twerking is bad but children twerking is evil.
I am not a behavior modification advocate but I am against bad behavior. Jesus was too. He didn’t condemn us for our sin but he never approved it and always said, “Go, and sin no more.” He didn’t say, “Go, and I’ll stop you from sinning.” He put the emphasis on us because we have to decide how bad we want it and that decision comes from our mind.
Yes, we need to be transformed but we also need to go and sin no more.
We need to behold the glory of God that transforms us and we need to stand up for our children. It’s not one or the other.
How Change Happens
Civil rights issues aren’t won from the inside out or the outside in. They are won on multiple fronts, at the same time.
We need everyone working together to win this battle against our kids.
We need voices shouting to shut down Netflix. What we don’t need are other voices saying leave Netflix alone. If there is going to be change, culture is going to be affected. You might lose some personal comfort. Is Netflix really that important to you that you have to justify Cuties in some way?
Is transformation on the inside the only way that change will come?
It’s so funny to me that the same people speaking about culture needing transformation are the same people promoting BLM and insisting we have a dialogue about systemic racism and the need for an outward change.
We need both.
Racism is evil and needs to be dealt with. It has to be won on the outside and the inside.
Child sexualization needs to be dealt with. It has to be won on the outside and the inside.
As believers in Jesus, many of us have different perspectives, which is awesome. I believe in unity in diversity. What it doesn’t mean is that our differing opinions should take us in different directions.
So, back to my question.
Was Rosa Parks wrong for not giving up her seat?
If you believe the answer to child sexualization and the Netflix Cuties issue can only be solved by transformation than your answer to this question has to be yes.
But if you believe the answer to child sexualization has to be fought and won on multiple fronts than, of course, and appropriately, your answer will be NO.