Who is Honey Boo Boo?Alana Thopson, a childhood star who gained celebrity status while
appearing on TLC's hit show, "Toddlers and Tiaras." She was so popular that TLC gave her her own show called, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."
The numbers say it all, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" attracts 2.2 million viewers, gaining a large share of the cable T.V. market.
Whether you call it "must see TV" or use other adjectives such as "exploitative" or "outrageous" to describe it, there's no denying that Honey Boo Boo has become a true celebrity in our nation.
What is it about personalities like Honey Boo Boo that draw us in? Why do we keep watching like a bad accident scene? Why is it that we have become so easily distracted by the misery of others? Why are we so powerless when it comes to viewing things that make our jaws drop? Why do we as a society take so much joy in, what appears to be the struggles of others?
As pastors, church leaders, and parents what do we do with this? Are we encouraging a lifestyle of demeaning others when we allow our families to be subjected to programming such as this?
Maybe the fact is that we are so crazy busy that a little harmless television feels like a few moments of heaven on earth. We are allowed to escape into the lives of someone else that, for a second, maybe makes us feel better about ourselves in some way.
What if all of this craziness has to do with that very thought; that, even as Christians, we subject ourselves to media such as this so that we can make ourselves feel better
I don't know about you, but at my very core I know that I'll never measure up. I won't ever be the perfect mom, wife, pastor, or Christian. I won't ever come close. Why do I take delight in justifying myself by saying, "at least I'm better than (fill in the blanks)." Perhaps those moments when we're unplugged in what feels like mindless relaxation, we are justifying our very lives when it comes to measuring up to the way we are to live as Christians.
Romans 5:48 says that we should be "perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect." Paul didn't say "find someone less than your ideal self and aim for that." He pointed us to Jesus, because Jesus is the only example that we should live by.
How can we teach our families to practically live out Romans 5:48? How can we model this in our homes and our churches? Has the Honey Boo Boo mindset creeped into your ministry or family?