A Slow Fade


Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night ( Psalm 1:1-2)

I can’t seem to get something off my mind today so I thought I would share it.

I did not watch the VMA’s last night, but Facebook was blowing up with all the posts about Miley Cyrus’s sexual, raunchy performance. It is also the lead story for all the major networks and there is a picture showing Will Smith and his family with shocked looks on their faces.

My first thought was what did you expect, it’s MTV, they always push the envelope too far.
Then I became sad for the children and families that are caught up in and exposed to this on a daily basis.

Has our culture become so accepting and changed that the audience and even her parents applaud a performance that promotes and cheers her on with Robin Thicke, a middle age, married man singing about blurred lines of consent, dirty dancing with her? I remember reading years ago that this family said they were Christians and Hollywood would not change them.
They are not the only family or person that has said that, and they are not all in Hollywood.
Haven’t we all said we would not change or compromise at one time or another?

Have you looked back over a time when you gave in and realized your heart toward God became cold and it didn’t happen overnight? It starts with small choices and compromises along the way; then they become bigger and bigger until you are no longer the same person.

How does that happen?
In Psalm 1 we see a progression of being dragged down, to compromise: walking, standing then sitting.
This morning the song by Casting Crowns, “Slow Fade” has been in my mind and I think it points to this problem.

What do we do?

Take a close look at our lives. Are we really a follower of Jesus or in a slow fade?

We have to protect our children and not expose them to the darkness. Watch what they watch or what is marketed to them. It only takes one time to see something to impact a life. Everywhere you turn we see a sexual, pimp, drug, rebellion culture promoted. My daughter is the Director of a non-profit that brings awareness to and prevents human sex trafficking. I have heard her say many times the children younger and younger are being exposed and being trafficked. I have to wonder if what is being promoted is one cause.

We need to be followers of Jesus who do not walk, stand or sit in the way of the world’s values, darkness. We are to be light and walk in the light of Christ, to show there is another way. He overcame the darkness and they can too. According to Psalm 1:2 our delight should be in God and His word, to be in it and Romans 12:2 to be transformed by renewing our mind to the things of God and not conforming to the world.

We need to be concerned about the lives of these young stars and others and pray for them and their parents. Pray that someone will come alongside and shows them truth. Only God can transform and change them. To fill them with what they are looking for in the applause of the world.


About kimlenon
Welcome to Inside Out! I desire to offer encouragement and resources to help women live their lives Inside Out because God changes us from the Inside Out! I have been married to Dave for 40 years. We have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. My passion is to teach women how to study and apply God's Word.

5 Responses to A Slow Fade

  1. Julie says:

    Hear hear. So sad. I just want to shake these people sometimes. They completely sell out…to the world. And what does it get them? Chewed up and spat out. God has SO MUCH MORE for us, and when I see stories like this it can really get me down how these young people give everything – for nothing.

    • kimlenon says:

      Julie, it is so sad. It breaks my heart for our children and grandchildren. What are these kids to think when adults are participating in and promoting it?
      You are so right, God has so much more!
      Thank you so much for your comments.

      Love, Kim

  2. Maranne123 says:

    AMEN!! Very Good Kim!!

  3. Hi Kim! Yes, we were all pretty shocked over here too. Poor girl, what kind of guidance is she getting? We are so charged with helping our children make good choices, but I guess that doesn’t mean they will follow our advice.

    She is a talented person, no question. Why throw it all away for cheap publicity. That just ‘doesn’t last’. I agree 100% with you!

    From Unite!

    • kimlenon says:

      Hi Ceil,
      Thank you for stopping by and your comments! It is so sad, even when the adults are not held accountable for their participation in this behavior. Thank God He sees, knows and can change hearts and actions.


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