by Nathan A. Cherry, 02/16/2012
Martinsburg, WV – I spent some time watching the Grammy’s this week. Thankfully I had the forethought and wisdom to record it so I could simply fast-forward through some of the garbage. (Dear Nicki Minaj, please retire. Please) (Dear Lady Ga Ga and Katy Perry, please see note to Nicki Minaj). I started out wanting to see the Grammy’s in order to watch Adele perform. I must admit I have a thing for her musical ability; not to mention the fact that she is real. As in, she doesn’t look like a twig about to faint because she has lived on ice-cubes and crackers all week.
I couldn’t help but transition my watching into a sociological exercise to see who I would actually enjoy my kids watching and looking up to. You know, as a role model. Before I go any farther let me say I do hope my kids will see my wife and I as role models and will find Jesus Christ and other Biblical characters to look up to as well. But let’s face it, kids are enthralled by pop-culture and we all at one time looked up to someone in music, television or movies.
And if you have been paying attention lately, there is a distinct shortage of role models in our society. It seems far too many stars end up on drugs, overdosing, being arrest for any number of crimes, or simply lack any substantive character worth emulating. So I was hoping the Grammy’s would showcase someone worth looking up to, someone, anyone? Should I choose Nicki Minaj, Lady Ga Ga, or Katy Perry?
Well, the Grammy’s don’t seem to have anything to offer. But I ran across some stories that I thought were worth sharing because they feature some currently high-profile people that are standing for their faith. These are men and women that believe life is sacred, that religious freedom is important, that the Bible is more than just a book of stories.
Maybe you heard about the Victoria’s Secret model that quit because her faith convicted her about her own profession. Kylie Bisutti had a dream job that countless other models only hope to gain. She was working for the world’s most recognized lingerie company and had achieved success and wealth doing so.
Then her heart began to convict her that what she was doing didn’t honor the Lord. So she quit. CBN.com reports:
“The 21-year-old model recently decided to leave one of America’s most well-known lingerie companies because showing off her body left her feeling convicted…‘The jobs that I choose are going to be honoring the Lord.’”
The Gospel Coalition reports that Kylie’s desire to honor her husband also played a factor in her decision:
“But the more I was modeling lingerie – and lingerie isn’t clothing – I just started becoming more uncomfortable with it because of my faith. I’m Christian, and reading the Bible more, I was becoming more convicted about it…My body should only be for my husband and it’s just a sacred thing.”
In a recent article on the Live31 website, Kylie explains that if we want our young women to overcome our society’s idea of what a “model” is we must be showing them the Biblical idea of womanhood.
There is absolutely no doubt our young men need Godly men of faith they can look up to. In a world where athletes are arrested and pop-stars get praised for beating women we need men, like Tim Tebow, that our sons and grandsons can be proud to look up to. Enter Jeremy Lin.
Odds are you have never heard of Jeremy Lin. I’d never heard of the 23 year old New York Knicks pointgaurd though I am an avid sports fan. That is, until he started dropping 38 points against the L.A. Lakers and appearing on ESPN’s Sportscenter.
What makes Lin news worthy is that like Tebow, he is an unashamed Christian that gives the glory and credit to Jesus Christ for all he does. Even though his road to the NBA has been a difficult one, and only time will tell if he is able to stay at the level he is currently at, Lin believes that God is working; as he shared in a recent interview:
“I think one of the most rewarding experiences in life is to see people come to Christ and make lifestyle changes. When that happens, you definitely see God behind it. . . . I’m really thankful that God is changing somebody, or sometimes he’s changing me. To see that transformation brings me a lot of satisfaction and fulfillment. I definitely want to do something in ministry down the road, maybe as a pastor if that’s where God leads.”
I would hope our kids will see us, their parents, as their earthly role-models in addition to Jesus Christ; and that they would find Godly men and women in their churches to look up to. But as kids are prone to look to sports, movies and music to find other role-models we can be instrumental in steering them towards men and women like Tim Tebow, Jeremy Lin, and Kylie, Bisutti.
Otherwise, who are they going to emulate? Nicki Minaj, Lady Ga Ga, Chris Brown? God forbid.
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.