We don’t know each other, but I have a daughter, and, though I can’t imagine your life as a kid on TV, I can imagine you being a little girl, growing toward womanhood. I’ve seen your dad on TV, and I hope he cares deeply for you. He seems to, in public, at least. And you may have had this conversation with him — I pray you did — but in case you didn’t, here’s a message to you from one dad’s heart.
You are too precious to sacrifice your dignity on the altar of media, money, or MTV.
Miley, you are sacred in God’s sight. He knows the deepest, truest you. Your heart. Your passions. Your dreams. Your needs. Your gifts. Your secrets. God knows, and God loves you deeply. It will be his delight to bring you to the life of your dreams.
As powerful a young woman as you are, you are still vulnerable. Massive forces jockey to exploit you for money. Dark forces of evil wish to devour you — consuming your life bit by bit till nothing’s left. Everybody wants a piece of you. The Bible speaks of those who “bite and devour one another” (Galatians 5:15). Don’t think you’re immune.
You need boundaries. Emotional boundaries. Spiritual boundaries. Physical boundaries. Relational boundaries. Financial boundaries. Sexual boundaries. Even clothing is a kind of boundary… there are aspects of who you are that should be reserved for yourself and your future husband. Keep yourself special. I hope and pray you can value yourself enough to push back against forces that will use you, demean you, exploit you, and embarrass you.
I know your grandpa was a preacher and a gospel singer, and your dad has spoken openly of his Christianity.
In an interview with Beliefnet, your dad said these [prophetic] words:
You just gotta know that what the dark side wouldn’t give to put out that light and that positive hope and love and bring down anyone. Miley gets up and wins an award and thanks Jesus, because it’s who she is and what she believes. She’s been reprimanded a few times for that from people in the business, saying, “What are you doing?” Can you imagine how much joy it would bring to the devil to see Miley just do something really stupid and all these kids around the world that she’s represented such a positive force to just taint it with something stupid and ruin it? There’s a lot of forces that would like to see that happen.
Sorry — and I say this with compassion — but I think that you just crossed that line on MTV.
I also think this: YOU CAN CROSS IT BACK.
God welcomes do-overs. Come back to him. He’s ready for you. You once said, “I will learn from my mistakes and trust my support team. My family and my faith will guide me through my life’s journey.” You were right.
Search your heart. Get away from the exploiters who are advising you. Spend some time with God and a Bible. Recalibrate your heart with your first love, Jesus. Humble yourself before God. He’s ready and eager to forgive. I think most of your fans are too.
Be the person God designed you to be — the person you want to be when you’re really honest with yourself. Don’t let people who don’t treasure you squeeze you into their self-destructive mold. Be you, not some imitation of you.
Millions of people care about you and love you.
But nobody loves you as much as God. Jesus proved that on the cross.
I hope you can embrace your own sacredness and treasure your immense worth in Him. My daughter is one of my great treasures. I would do anything to be her first line of defense, her shield, her boundary, and her guide. I pray that your dad, or someone else, can do that for you. You are a sacred person and you belong to God.
A lot of people are praying for you. I’m one of them.