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Σάββατο, 19 Ιουλίου 2014

Miley Cyrus, or: why Orthodox Mission in the West is an urgent need...



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Miley Cyrus is an American actress and singer, born in 1992, who became famous mainly thanks to the leading role in the teenage TV series “Hanna Montana” – which was also aired in our country. You can read her biography here.
 

This is a 22-year-old woman (in 2014), who has become a pop star – or, more accurately, an idol – for millions of teenage girls all over the world, because she is supposedly living the dream of a perfect life: she is pretty, sexy, famous, obviously wealthy, with a resplendent life in which she can “do whatever she wants”, but also “have whomever she wants”!

This intoxicating dream is what dominates the imagination of the girls that we are raising – as well as the young boys. Miley is leading both in two different directions: towards seeking the realization of that dream at all costs (by sacrificing principles and values in order to “survive” in a society of human piranhas), or towards depression, if they don’t succeed in realizing that dream; otherwise, they resort to spending their entire fortune and their youthful vigor, in striving to possibly acquire the specifications that they lack” - for example, the suitable physical form.

I don’t know if Miley has anything to do with addictions, perversions etc… I don’t know if she feels happy or miserable; empty or full (after all, “she isn’t human” – she is an idol - the way she has been rendered by her glamorous exploiters, the bosses of the worldwide “entertainment” industry). But I do know where the millions of young girls are led, who either apparently or secretly sigh out of admiration or envy when they look at her.

To get an idea, you need only look at the many and various photos of her on the Internet (I repeat, that she is 22 years old today, and that she had embarked on her “career” much earlier).

“Poor girl” is the only thing that I have to say. You poor girl… I am not being judgmental. I love you. I love you because I am an Orthodox Christian. Is there anyone else in this world – with the exception of Christ – who loves you?

And she is not the only one. There are tens more – or, rather, hundreds more – pop stars just like her. There are quite a few in Greece also. So, who is going to tell that child and her like – as well as the millions of admirers – that theirs is NOT a “life”?

Who is going to speak to them about the true kind of love and joy – the union of heaven and earth – which cannot be acquired through the weird gurus, but through Christ?

Who is going to speak to them about holiness and eternity; of the eternal love that we call “Paradise”?

Kali (click)
Will it be the Protestant missionaries with their nonexistent theology, or the Pentecostals with their grotesque and fraudulent “metaphysical experiences”?
Or perhaps the roman catholic priests and theologians who – obviously unwittingly – serve the heresy that led Europe to its present sorry state, from the medieval era and through to this day?
Will it be the assortment of yogis, gurus, swamis and their ilk, who have descended upon us from the Far East in order to “civilize” or “cure” our ailing western brethren?

Who will restore these youngsters, other than Orthodoxy – that ancient and authentic teaching – and Christ’s only Church: the true therapeutic means for healing spiritual ailments and VICTORY over spiritual and moral (and not only) dependencies? 

Then again, which orthodox priest or theologian or missionary in the western world will approach them, speak to them about Christ, the Holy Mother, prayer, fasting, Confession and Holy Communion?

Whoever does this will save both himself, as well as many others. However, analogous missionaries are required in our country as well. Some do exist. Are they enough? God only knows.
If you haven’t encountered one on your path until now, I hope that you do meet one eventually. Until then, you are cordially invited to take a stroll through our island-blog.
With ample love and a few prayers – the only treats that this humble corner can offer you….
I thank you.



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