The Knee Belt

Can I say something that might shock or anger some  of you? I’m actually feeling sorry for Britney Spears these days. After her mediocre performance at the MTV video awards in Vegas this week, society has been all over her.

One news service said, "She lazily walked through her dance moves with little enthusiasm. It
appeared she had forgotten the entire art of lip-synching; and, perhaps
most unforgivable given her once taut frame, she looked embarrassingly out of shape."

Celebrity website TMZ.com said Britney aimed to bring the house down,
but "she just looked like a house" and said she forgot the words to her
song.

Here’s my question, how far is too far for us to criticize even the most "criticizeable." I’m thinking here of Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Bill Clinton, George Bush, etc. Obviously, the right to criticize is one we all have. But, it seems to me that our growing lack of humanness is making a sport of humiliating those whom we envy, don’t like, or even those who deserve criticism. Is there such a thing as hitting below the belt any more? If so, it seems that we’re there with Britney and many others.

Maybe we’re hitting above the belt in our minds…but if that’s true, perhaps the belt is more like a knee belt in today’s society. I can’t help but think…as the father of two girls…how it would feel to watch my daughter be so lost…and people to be so cruel. Hmmmm….

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. Perhaps this is why it became popular to wear pants that sagged so low. At least then, hitting below the belt won’t hurt as much.
    I seem to remember reading something somewhere about casting the first stone. And maybe something about living in a glass house…