Thursday, January 26, 2006


When is it ok to use what some might consider "profane" to challenge people to consider the sacred?

I was confronted with this question today as I recommened Christina Aguilera's video "Beautiful" to a pastor who wanted to underscore that Jesus reached out to the outcasts. The visuals to this haunting song offer glimpses of an anorexic girl checking herself in the mirror, a teen boy with no muscle mass trying to beef up, a cross-dressing man, two men kissing, the bloody end to a fight, and a young black woman tearing the pages of a magazine out and burning them.

I want the pastor to use the video. I understand if he doesn't. Only he knows if the message will be lost in the medium. We'll see . . .

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