Mention either Britney Spears or Westboro Baptist Church and you’ve got my attention. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but when news about either appears, I often will follow the links to find out more. And I’m not a celebrity watcher! I vehemently disagree with WBC! It is interesting to think about what they have in common.
I’m fascinated at how Britney’s life spirals out of control, and there seems to be no one who can call her to be accountable in a healthy way.
I’m fascinated at how Westboro Baptist Church spirals out of control, and there seems to be no one who can call them to be accountable in a healthy way.
It’s hard for me to imagine. I have many people around me who are willing to risk a great deal in order to hold me accountable. I trust them. When they speak, I listen. It’s not easy. As independent as I like to believe that I am, I know that I am accountable to any number of people … and to God. That doesn’t seem to be true for Britney or WBC (despite the fact that WBC says they are accountable to God).
Maybe it is because my religious tradition takes seriously the nature of sin. Maybe it is because I recognize my brokenness and regularly am engaged in confession. Maybe it is a whole host of other things.
But I look at Britney and WBC and I’m sad. I look at the impact of what they say and do, and wonder how anyone might be able to mitigate the destruction they leave in their wake.