Singer Miley Cyrus was once a bright-eyed Disney star, though the singer has, in recent years, opted for a more edgy persona, describing herself as “gender fluid” and openly discussing marijuana, among other controversial sentiments.
So, with all that in mind, Dr. Michael Brown, a Christian author and radio host, penned an open letter to Cyrus in hopes that she would read it and think more deeply about the Christian faith that she embraced as a child; he also encouraged people to pray for her.
“I write to you for one reason only: I care about your soul. Despite your riches and your fame, your life is a shell of what God intends it to be,” Brown wrote, adding that, despite Cyrus’ controversial remarks and persona, he believes she has some important character traits. “You seem to have a real heart for the underdog, for the outcast, for the marginalized. Perhaps that’s part of your Christian upbringing? Could it be that you care for these people because Jesus cares for them too?”
Brown went on to say that it’s also clear that Cyrus has “run far from” her upbringing, and asked her if she believes she’s on “the right path” and if she has a “deep sense of peace and security” when she goes to sleep at night.
What proceeded from there was a long series of questions for Cyrus — curiosities that seek to explore her spiritual well-bring.
“Just think back 10 years, when you were 14 years-old. Were you reading the Bible daily and praying? If so, did you find life in the words you were reading? Did you connect with God when you prayed?” Brown asked. “Looking back, if you ever felt you genuinely knew the Lord — I mean, knew Him as a beloved child of the Father — have drugs and sex and fame replaced the relationship you once had?”
He continued, “And ask yourself this: If the Miley of 14 could have seen the Miley of 24, would she have been proud or ashamed?”
Brown said that purity and love can be multiplied over and over again and that they simply yield more purity and love, but warned that immorality and drug use yield destruction when they are increased and multiplied.
He then added, “God’s ways are ways of life, and the path you’re on is the path to death.”
The post, while asking some tough and difficult questions, also issued some grace, with Brown telling Cyrus that he can’t imagine the spotlight she’s under while also sharing his own history as a former “long-haired, hippie rock drummer” who was a “heavy drug user.”
In the end, Brown told Cyrus that he believes God wants to call her back to him. Read the open letter in its entirety here.
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