Tears, Culture, and Change (September 4, 2013)
Recently the sensual dance by Billy Ray Cyrus’s daughter on TV and the drunken assault on a police office by Alan Jackson’s daughter made national news. When you heard about it, what thoughts came to your mind? Perhaps the hearts of many broke because our culture seems to draw in our young people and then spits them out: broken and wounded.
But culture really isn’t the problem. We are the culture. Our hearts should break because we have allowed culture to become what it is.
It is said that a couple of officers in the Salvation Army once wrote its founder, William Booth, to tell him they had tried everything they knew to bring about revival. He sent this short reply, “Try tears!”
Perhaps when our hearts break to the point of tears, our culture will change.
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Read more about this issue in David Fowler’s recent commentary, Mr. Cyrus, Mr. Jackson & Me