Sunday, February 12, 2012


Tonight one of our youth families hosted the youth group at their home. It was a great night with lots of laughter and relaxation and catching up and generally enjoying one another's company. The guys went upstairs to the man cave and watched "The Adjustment Bureau" while the girls hung out downstairs and watched "The Art of Getting By."

It was a good enough movie and kept our interest, and we were definitely all on the edge of our collective seat by the end. But it was in the middle of the movie that I realized my new curse. I don't know that I will ever be able to listen to a song or watch a movie without thinking about how it will
influence or effect an adolescent.

All through the movie--when I wasn't whispering to myself, "Please don't have sex. Please don't have sex. What am I going to say to these parents if there's sex in this movie?"--I was thinking, Where is redemption in this movie? What is life-giving here? What gives the characters value in the film? What does this say about who we are and about our inherent worth?

And then I see Katy Perry in that outfit on the Grammys and I wonder about the messages that teenage girls receive about what bodies are supposed look like and how we're supposed to treat those bodies as temples.

I know I sound like a total prude and like I'll never be able to enjoy a song or a movie again, but I guess I'm cursed with forever listening and watching through the lens of the messages communicated to adolescents.

Woe is me.

1 comment:

Terri said...

I cannot imagine the burdens and responsibilities you feel in your position girl. You don't appear as prudish to me! And the youth that look to you for spiritual guidance will either gravitate to the light that shines from you, or they will move away from it. You don't have any control over that. The Lord is in charge of their hearts. Don't faint or grow weary!