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The VMAs: Goodbye Classy, Hello Trashy

By: Kristen Clark

If pictures are worth a thousand words and fashion is about making statements, then the Video Music Awards (VMAs) have accomplished both. Whether you’re into the music scene or not, you’ve probably seen or heard some of the buzz surrounding MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards.

I didn’t watch the show myself (and I don’t recommend it), but I saw the buzz and decided to look up some articles.

Sadly, the buzz isn’t anything to get excited about.

These award nights have gone from bad to worse over the years.

They’re much less about music and more about foul language, raunchy dancing, and fashion that barely covers the essential areas.

What happened to music being about music? What happened to music being about enjoying a song without having to sort through R rated album covers?

If the iTunes store doesn’t already cue us in on the bad direction music is taking, the VMAs definitely do.

After seeing some of the images, I couldn’t help but wonder if decency, self-respect, and class have become totally extinct from our culture?

Goodbye classy, hello trashy.

I wanted to stand up and scream, “What is happening to our country?! Do we have any clue how to be dignified humans anymore?”

Whether we like it or not, the VMAs are a good representation of how far our culture has fallen from morality, modesty and dignity. We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto. Welcome to modern America.

What’s my point? I promise I’m not writing this post to simply rant (although it’s tempting). I want us, as Christian girls, to think through the worldview that was displayed at the VMAs.

Since fashion and clothing DO make statements, what kind of statements were being proclaimed?

How about…

  • Morality doesn’t matter.
  • Sex isn’t sacred.
  • Modesty is old fashioned.
  • Clothes aren’t essential.
  • Naughty is the new good.
  • Bad girls have more fun.
  • Sin is a party.

To name a few.

The biggest temptation we face as Christian girls is not that we’re going to run out and buy the latest Miley Cyrus fashion trends. No, it’s that we’re going to subtly and slowly lower the bar on our own morality because it’s still so far away from the “worst stuff.”

It’s a common tactic the devil uses to get us to lower our standards.

He whispers quiet lies in our ears like, “You’re not as bad as they are…just lower the bar a little.” “You’re still way more modest than those people…it’s okay to loosen up here.” “You’re basically amish compared to the VMAs, go ahead and live a little.”

We compare and then we compromise. We watch the “worst” and then we make sure we’re doing “better.”

With the VMAs still buzzing, here’s my encouragement to you. Don’t compare. Don’t compromise.

It doesn’t matter how far south the culture goes, we have to establish our boundaries from God’s word.

We have to build our morals and beliefs on God’s truths. Staying just ahead of the world isn’t what God calls us to do.

Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (NLT).

We stay on the right path by “changing the way we think.”

When we see lies, we have to change our thinking to align with truth. We can’t allow the seduction of our lost culture to inform our worldview. God’s word has to inform our worldview.

And by the way, naughty girls don’t have more fun.

In the end, the girl who honors God and lives according to His word is the one who will be celebrating. She will be the girl living in peace, freedom, joy and fulfillment. God’s ways are always better than the world’s.

If you’re in need of some extra encouragement in the way of modesty and fashion, I can’t encourage you enough to grab a copy of our brand new ebook titled, Project Modesty: How to Honor God with Your Wardrobe While Looking Totally Adorable in the Process.

This ebook proves that modesty, decency, dignity, and fashion can totally go hand-in-hand. Modesty is fun and we want to show you how to make it happen!

We partnered with our 3 younger sisters to pull together this exciting image-filled ebook just for our GirlDefined readers.

We hope you’ll grab a copy. Prepare for some real fashion inspiration. The Project Modest Video is fun to watch too. 

I want to hear from you now…

  • What problems do you see with the messages being displayed at the VMAs?
  • In what ways are you tempted to lower the bar based on how much lower the culture sets it?
  • Do you view modesty as old fashioned? Why or why not?

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  • CT

    Exactly on track!

  • Rae

    Yup! True true true!

  • Josie Harris

    Couldn’t have said it better myself.
    I had been meaning to watch the VMA’s (because I am a big music junkie) and am a huge Taylor Swift & Fall Out Boy fan, but forgot about it and ended up not watching it. So you can imagine how APPALLED I was when I read the headlines on Facebook.
    Now I’ve never liked Miley, but I have absolutely nothing but pity and disgust for her now. She’s absolutely ludacris. What happened to modesty? Last time I check, SUSPENDERS BARELY COVERING YOUR NIPPLES is not considered modest.
    On top of that, Taylor Swift’s “I’m so glad we live in a world where boys can be princesses and girls can play soldiers” speech repulsed me. It’s so sad because I, (and many other girls and women), look up to her in so many ways and have for so long, and now she’s become this person I don’t want to be like anymore. Kanye’s announcement to run for president also scared me, because after Obama, I don’t doubt what extremes America will go to anymore.

    It’s so so sad, but our God is bigger, and He has overcome the world! We know how the story will end, but the question is will you be faithful?

    • Great thoughts Josie! You’re spot on. I didn’t watch the show, but that’s really sad about what Taylor said. Unfortunately tons of Christian girls look up to her..and she just keeps getting worse. :-/ God made boys and girls to be different for a resson. Sadly, our culture is trying to blurr the lines. Keep standing for truth!! We miss yall and hope to see you again someday! :) Tell your mom I said hi! -Kristen

      • Josie Harris

        It is really sad:/ I used to look up to her so much. Needless to say, I don’t anymore. I love her music, and she’s got such a big heart, but she’s bought into the lies our modern culture has fed her. This happened recently with two of my friends and it’s so hard to just walk away like that. I am definitely grateful for the memories but I won’t be friends with someone who can negatively influence me.
        And yes, I hope we get to see yall again soon! Yall are welcome to stay at the house next time! We have PLENTY of room! I’ll tell Momma you said hey! Tell Zack I said hey!:P

  • Double Dukes

    The VMA’s were never meant to be classy, and MTV hasn’t been about actual music in several years. We’re talking about is an award show for rockstars. “Classy” was never a part of the deal. Nowadays, the network always gets the most annoying “stars” do do stupid things or pull publicity stunts so that they can make headlines and stay in the news for several weeks after the award show is over. It’s never about the music. It’s about making money.


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