Some Good News: Help Your Kids Choose Proper Role Models – Like These!

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.

Ex-Victoria's Secret model Kylie Bisutti

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.”

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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.

Is Lil Wayne Pro Life? New Video has Positive Message

Warning: Some images in this video might be disturbing to viewers.
by Nathan A. Cherry, 09/16/2011

Martinsburg, WV – Now, before you think I’ve lost it and gone crazy, hear me out. I am not generally a Lil Wayne fan, or someone who follows much in the Hip Hop R&B world of music. I think the extent of my knowledge of this type of music ended with MC Hammer going bankrupt. But, what I am a fan of is those in positions of power and fame spreading positive messages for the young, impressionable fans they garner.

While it would be a stretch to say that Lil Wayne has been a shining role model that boys can emulate and girls can look up to, what he has done with a recent video is praiseworthy. So, in being willing to give praise where praise is due I want to highlight the positive message of this new video.

Here at the Family Policy Council of West Virginia we seek to emphasize that life, from conception to natural death, is precious and should be protected and given every right afforded to all human beings. But we also seek to emphasize the key role that family plays in the development of children. Many in various liberal camps would have us believe that any kind of family is okay and that kids can thrive under just about any circumstances. This is simply not true.

Lil Wayne shows just how drastic the difference can be for a child raised in a broken home where moral influences are questionable at best and that of a child raised in a home with a loving mother and father. We have, and will continue to emphasize the need for children to be raised by both a mother and a father. I know that at times this just isn’t possible, but, as the author of this piece asserts, those circumstances would be fewer and farther between if men would “step up” and be real men. The author further states:

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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.