A couple Sundays ago, the MTV Music Video Awards were handed out in Los Angeles. This is of no interest to me. In fact, I had no idea it took place.
However, I learnt of the occasion in reading the news the following week, when my curiosity was prickled by something somewhat offensive – Lady Gaga’s meat dress.
At first I thought that it was just a term or concept used to refer to the kind of dress she wore, however, after a closer look, I realised how seriously literal it was. A meat dress. Made out of red meat! Complete with meat shoes and a meat cap! To gawk at!!
According to the pop star, the dress was supposed to make a strong statement. Although her message supported homosexual rights, she made an ironically true statement herself.
“If we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our own bones. And, I am not a piece of meat.”
Ironic, because her life doesn’t reflect her statement. I’m not sure what kind of standards she has, but the meat certainly didn’t meet them.
However, it’s gotten me thinking… why do we always have to wait for some pop-star, fame-seeking celebrity to make the statement which our very lives as Christians should reflect by nature, but which they have no feeling for? Year by year, celebrities have come and gone with their statement-making outfits, but our own lips remain silent.
Will it take a celebrity to wake us up? Or will we take heed to the alarm clocks already ringing in the sounds of hurtful cries, sights of longing faces and feelings of broken hearts, in desperate need for the Word of God?
I’m so glad to know that indeed, I am not a piece of meat. When I met Jesus at Calvary, He made me a new creation. It is only then that we can fight for what we believe in so that our lives can meet God’s standards, and our own shall turn to none.