Tuesday, April 21, 2009

aren't we all hannah montana?

In its first ten days, the new Hannah Montana movie grossed over $50 million. For the past three years, the Emmy-nominated television series has set records on the Disney Channel. And sold-out concert tours have led to families spending $1,000 per ticket to see a single performance.

Leading her double-life as pop-star Hannah Montana and average-joe Miley Stewart, the title characters sings that she has the best of both worlds. The fame and rewards of stardom along with the privacy and intimacy of a normal home life.

And is it any wonder that this story-line is so popular? We all lead two lives. And hope that the worlds never collide.

You see this in politics. While at a San Francisco meeting with his core supporters, Barack Obama talks about how small-town voters cling to certain narrow-minded issues in elections. While he highlights his support for the second amendment and faith-based programs when campaigning in those same towns himself.

You see this in baseball. Commission Selig and leading players talk about respect for the sport while doing nothing of substance to rid the sport of substances that have led to record-breaking home run records and attendance.

You see this in business, where companies tout merit and achievement while advancement and opportunity is often based on relationships and connections.

Everyone prospers. Everyone gets the best of both worlds.

And yet, the tag line for the latest Hannah Montana movie cause me to pause.

She has the best of both worlds... now, she has to pick just one.

I haven’t seen the movie, but I surmise that Miley reaches a junction when a choice has to be made. She can no longer be a no-name high-schooler by day and international pop star by night.

After all, this fantasy … that you can constantly pass from one world to the other… effortlessly and without consequences is just that… a fantasy.

It’s the fantasy I live as a Christian. And my guess is that I won’t know the time or hour when my junction meets me. Who knows what world I’ll be in that day.


Anonymous said...

human is quite a mixed bag of bones.

living, growning, learning, being renewed and dying...all going on at the same time.

Kansas Bob said...

Thought provoking Ed. I wonder if we embrace this kind of Christian duality because of the artificial lines we draw between the secular and the sacred?

Anonymous said...

Great post. Aren't we - as Christians - called to force that junction before it shows up like a thief in the night?

Tony Myles said...

I identify with what you write here... not just because of your points, but because I do life with a few "Jackson" and "Rico" types.

Oh, and please don't ask me how I know those references.

Ed G. said...

nAncY... mixed indeed. sometimes i wonder in a quest to live like Christ, it is a given that i will fall short.

bob... i like your thought that the lines we draw between secular and sacred are artificial... there is, afer all, only one creation. good point.

lex - you would think that would be the case, right!

tony - your comment reminded me of an event i went to with my wife several years ago - the topic turned to some telecom merger, and my wife and i just looked at each other and said "if it aint on barney, we don't know about it"