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Why I Have Hope After Watching the VMAs

Why I Have Hope After Watching The VMAs.

Curtain up: A highly sexualized performance from Nicki Minaj with special guest Taylor Swift leads off the 2015 VMAs. A performance full of sexualized acts that even made this 30-year-old (yeah, I’m old) feel slightly awkward.

Yes, it was the Video Music Awards, the MTV production that annually showcases the “best” in music by pretending they still care about the music video (many of you aren’t old enough to remember a time when the station actually played music videos).

But hey, that’s neither here nor there. The VMAs have always tried to have the “shock factor” moments.

Cue Miley Cyrus and her, ummmm, foam finger.

Google it.

Oh wait, don’t.

So, after creating controversy year after year, MTV did the unthinkable: They made Miley the host of the 2015 VMAs.

This post is not about Miley; this post isn’t about what she wants or represents. No, this post isn’t attacking or criticizing individuals.

Far from it.

I’m praising the VMAs for something. Yep, a Christian website PRAISING the VMAs. WHAT?!

You see, after the controversy between artists (not naming names) and questionable “editing” by MTV’s production team (I didn’t know they could show the F-word on national TV until last night) on the VMAs, the headlines the morning after are all about two names: Tori Kelly and Justin Bieber.

Facebook is trending Tori and Justin.

Google is trending Tori and Justin.

Tori had a coming-out party, Justin had a welcome-back party.

Tori rocked her performance not by over-sexualizing it or seeing just how little she could wear. No, Tori rocked a modest but flawless look that made her look MUCH more mature (she’s 22) than her fellow musicians.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30:  Recording artist Tori Kelly performs onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/MTV1415/Getty Images For MTV)

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 30: Recording artist Tori Kelly performs onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/MTV1415/Getty Images For MTV)

Why are we talking so much about Tori? Well, you see, Tori is a VERY outspoken Christian. She puts her love of Christ on her heart and on Twitter.



Justin Bieber has had a tough go of things lately. But last night presented a new Justin, a much more mature Justin. A Justin Bieber who seems to have found himself again. A Justin Bieber who showed his true self, a man who is devoted to his Savior, Jesus Christ. Justin is praising his faith for getting him through a difficult time…heck, he even quoted scripture on live TV!



We have hope after last night—hope in a generation that seems to care so much about themselves. A generation that’s taken the selfie game to a whole new level. A generation where your life is a social currency to being popular, and the more likes you get, the better you will be in life.  

Look, as Christians we can look at an event like the VMAs and shield our eyes. We can be a group that pulls an “us vs. them” mentality. A group that slams Miley, Nicki and Kanye on social media. But that’s not what Jesus calls us to do.

We’ve created a subgenre of everything Christian. Up until the 1800s and even in the early 1900s, Christianity was the preferred art form. Through music, movies and art, faith was everywhere. Well, that’s changed and now it’s time to bring it back. Justin is bringing Christ back into the mainstream with a performance like he gave last night. Tori is showing you don’t need to bare it all.

As Christians, let’s praise MTV for giving these two artists the chance to show they have something to say, too. 

As Christians, we love Miley, Kanye, Nicki and everyone else for WHO THEY ARE. Jesus tells us to love. We stand side by side with those suffering from racism, bullying and ridicule for who they are. This generation is hurting—it’s our chance to be difference-makers. 

Let’s be difference-makers by embracing this world, not just living in it. Let’s be difference-makers who show up and take on pop culture just as Tori and Justin have.

Tori and Justin are not alone; last night we saw Twenty One Pilots perform and we’ve talked openly about their faith here at PI. There are others, too, but we as a group of Christians need to open up. We need to take on the hurt, we need to love. 

Last night something changed. Today is the beginning. 

Who’s with us? Want to be a difference-maker today? 

Good. Now go talk about it with your friends.

Image: Billboard


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  1. thespiritualwarrior7

    Posted by thespiritualwarrior7 on September 7, 2015 at 17:36

    Can we talk about twenty one pilots a little bit more? Like, seriously. Josh and Tyler are so, so incredible. They’ve saved my life.

  2. pinkgodlover

    Posted by pinkgodlover on September 1, 2015 at 07:17

    I have to admit,I use to really dislike Justin,because of his music and how he was acting.
    But everybody makes mistakes and the good thing about mistakes is that we can learn from them.
    I feel like he just had to go through the things he did to be in a better place in his life now.
    Sometimes God uses hard lessons to show us things.
    Plus he was still maturing probably and it takes guys longer to do that 😉

  3. Jhiosara

    Posted by Jhiosara on August 31, 2015 at 15:32

    Not only as christians we have to be the difference-makers but also prisoners of hope! I’ll share it with my friends 🙂

  4. liz.andy00

    Posted by liz.andy00 on August 31, 2015 at 14:31

    It’s funny. About 4-5 months ago, I felt that God was warming my heart up and teaching me about why it’s not good to slam and judge celebrities, as they are His beloved children also.
    “How can you say to your brother or sister, ‘there is a splinter in your eye,’ when you have a log in your own?” (Matthew 7:3) yeah. God showed me that verse a lot.

    We all utterly screw up in life, and go throw dark stages of sin and spiritial struggle, just as Justin did, and will, like the rest of us later in our lives. Since God put this on my heart, my heart has totally gone out to christian celebs like Justin and I have even begun to enjoy his music,! It’s so great to see him get this emotional and quote scripture at the VMA’s of all places!! I’d love to hear His — along with other celebs –true spiritual journeys. Yeah. My more than 2 cents.