By Elizabeth Prata
Sound like a harsh headline? It isn’t, it’s just biblical truth. There are two agendas in the world; God’s, and satan’s. We either belong to God, or we belong to satan. We do what God wants (enabled by the Holy Spirit), or we do what satan wants (according to our sin-nature).
Kids are impressionable and they follow personalities and celebrities, and believe what these people say, usually unquestioningly. That is why there was an outcry when it was revealed that a children’s Sunday School curriculum coloring book at ‘Pastor’ Steven Furtick of Elevation Church’s Sunday School referred to himself as the person to unify around, rather than Jesus.
Kids are always following some fad or another, lol. The TV Show Hannah Montana starring Miley Cyrus was popular for a while. So was Raven Symone, Hilary Duff, Zac Efron… the list of celebs that children look up to is always endless. Some have staying power, most don’t. But along the way these celebrities accumulate a huge following and wield a powerful influence over children.
Enter 17-year-old JoJo. She began her career at age ten and for the last seven years has gathered a following on Youtube to rival The Beatles in their heyday. Look-
Youtube Subscribers – 12.1 million.
Followers – 31.3 million.
Total views – 3.4 billion.
She has a business empire, in which she is spokesman for JC Penney, Kohl’s sells her products, and more. She signed her first business deal at age 13.
Wikipedia: “Joelle Joanie “JoJo” Siwa (born May 19, 2003) is an American dancer, singer, actress, and YouTube personality. She is known for appearing for two seasons on Dance Moms along with her mother, Jessalynn Siwa, and for her singles “Boomerang” and “Kid in a Candy Store”. Siwa posts daily videos of her day-to-day life on her YouTube channel, “Its JoJo Siwa”. She was included on Time’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2020.”
Most influential. Hmmm. In the world. Amazing for a youngster. Her ‘brand’ is sparkly bows, cute, catchy songs with innocuous lyrics, and was seen as ‘mom-approved’.
She came out as homosexual this month.
JoJo Comes Out as Gay, reports this site, as well as many others. It’s big news. And, we see the verse from Romans 1:32 comes to life. Many are heartily approving of the sin JoJo is now actively promoting.
and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:32).
Satan is a wily opponent. He was sly when he deceived Eve (2 Corinthians 11:3). He is said to be crafty in Genesis 3:1. He is the deceiver of the whole world says Revelation 12:9. How sly is he to gather impressionable children to a seemingly clean pop star, mount her business empire to towering heights, heap up her followers, and then when the kids are hooked, pull a bait and switch to promote homosexuality, an abominable practice to the Lord. This is another sad example of satan’s wiles. He is a restless and ever-working enemy.
Secondly, no one who is not a Christian with the Holy Spirit inside them, can resist sin for long. It is our very nature. It might be hidden for a time, but it will show eventually. And it is never hidden from God who sees the thoughts of man and knows what is in a man. It’s dangerous to follow or idolize to anyone not a Christian (and even then…) because if they are not converted by repentance and faith, their sin will emerge. (Numbers 32:23). There are only two tracks in life, sin or repentance and faith.
I’m very sad over JoJo’s decision to further her sin by choosing homosexuality. She can sing “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga all she wants, but the only way we’re born is in sin. We need to be born again by faith in order escape the inevitable eternity for all unforgiven sinners.
Parents, be aware that JoJo Siwa is no longer ‘mom-approved’. She is sinking deeper into sin. Pray for the gal, and for her impressionable child followers who look up to her.