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277 || Why Sadie Robertson And Kylie Jenner Are Both Welcome In The Gospel

I only got about half-way through the Sadie Robertson vs. Kylie Jenner article last week before I wanted to stop reading.

I’ll be honest. I am not a person to get immediately fired up over an issue. I am a fence rider to the core. I like to sit back, hear both sides of the story, process the information, and then form my opinion. I really won’t speak out about something until I feel that I am fairly educated on the subject. However, every now and then, there are some times when an issue takes the internet by storm and I find myself reacting more instantaneously.

Enter the latest viral article blowing up my social media newsfeed: When Kylie Jenner Challenged Sadie  Her Response Was Brutally Honest. Upon initial reading of this article, via Facebook, I immediately noticed it was extremely one-sided and also pretty cruel toward Kylie Jenner. In fact, I don’t think I even got to the third point before I decided to stop reading altogether, believing an article this biased wouldn’t get many hits at all. It wasn’t until the next morning when one of my friends began a conversation about it that I realized this article may be bigger than I thought.

As I took another look at the article, I thought, “This may be one of the reasons people don’t like Christians.” To make a long story short—and because you have probably already clicked on the link and read the article—the author clearly paints Sadie Robertson in the most positive of lights (and perhaps rightfully so), and clearly bashes Kylie Jenner, all while throwing in some Scripture for good measure. The author compares the two young women not only on actions and behavior, but also on facts that are completely out of their hands—like the families they were born into.

The gist of the article is that we would all want our daughters to look up to role models like Sadie Robertson and not Kylie Jenner. It screams that if you are a Kylie Jenner then you are not welcome here among our Sadie Robertsons. Your promiscuous clothing choices, not-so-great taste in men, and dysfunctional family upbringing have no place here in our Gospel.

Sadie and Kylie and Jesus

Is this the message we’re sharing? Jesus didn’t do this. Not at all. He ate with the sinners and hung out with the lepers and basically defied everyone’s societal views on how we should treat others. The Kylie Jenners and the Sadie Robertsons have both been and always will be welcome in Jesus’ Gospel. So why do we act like things have changed?

My biggest concern with the article is that I do not see how it will ever turn any young woman searching for Jesus to find Him? Imagine her stumbling upon this article, her interest piqued because of the two high-profile names listed. She knows that she relates more to Kylie Jenner than to Sadie Robertson, and if being a Christian is looking just like Sadie Robertson, well, then she must not be good enough for this faith.

That’s a problem.

Please hear what I am saying: I do not condone all of the lifestyle choices that Kylie Jenner is making, but I’m not condemning her either. It is not my responsibility to judge this young woman (Matthew 7:1-5). I find myself wondering how I would be encouraged to respond if one of the girls I lead in youth group every week came to me acting this way. I would want to respond as a person striving to live with Gospel intentionality. I would want to point her back to Jesus. I would want to wrap my arms around her and remind her that her identity does not lie in the clothes she wears, the boyfriends she has, or the family she comes from.  Instead, her identity lies in the fact she is chosen and cherished by the One who sent his only son to die for us. For her.

Any moment now, Kylie Jenner could turn her life over to Jesus. Are we living our lives in such a way that we will be open and welcoming to the Kylie Jenners of our world, poised and ready to point them to the Gospel? Or will they see only judgment, ridicule and condemnation from us if they do not appear to be wholesome and pure?  I hope we will strive to guide these women to the cross with the truthful love of Jesus. I hope we will be welcoming and accepting to the broken and the beat down, just as Jesus has been to us.

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  1. This is a great article. After spending most of my life “not worthy” of a church family, I found a loving church home. On the web. I would love to find a church that made me feel the way God does. I consider myself a Barbarian from the book. “The Barbarian Way”.
    I know of Gods love from my own personal experience with him. I understand the Trinity from reading “The Shack” and I saw what was going to happen in the world by reading “The Left Behind Series. The reason why I am telling you this is to say…IF inside a church, being the “Salty” person that I am, I had ever felt the love of God, if I had felt welcome in the small groups or the bible study groups…it would not have taken reading these books to understand and feel the love of God. I was a sponge left dry, almost every time I walked out of a church.

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    • Donna – I am so saddened by the words that you have been completely left dry by the church when it comes to finding God’s love. I am thankful that there have been resources that the Holy Spirit has been able to use to introduce God’s love to you more completely. My prayer is that you are finding ways to be the sponge that can now make other dry sponges full. Blessings to you!

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    • Donna –
      I echo what Rachael says. Thank you for sharing your heart with us! I also pray that you will be able to find a church family that will leave you feeling rejuvenated – one where you can pour into others as they pour into you!

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  2. You have touched a fundamental concept in the teachings of Jesus. When we consider Kylie Jenner’s flagrant lifestyle, we rightly see that she offends the image of God in whose likeness she was created. No serious and sober Christian would dispute that. The rub comes when any of us presume to make the judgement. Like the woman caught in the act of adultery, Kylie cannot, and chooses not to, hide her offense. But Jesus, confronted with the undeniable guilt of a woman who had put her own gratification above honoring the image of God in her, asked the accusers who was not also guilty of focusing on selfish motives above and before faithfulness to God. I think this fundamental truth underlies the tumult surrounding same sex marriages, homosexuality, transgender sexuality and a host of other very self centered human characteristics. The Christian dare not rise up to self righteously accuse others who openly and willfully sin against the God image within themselves because all of us have done the same thing whenever we seek self gratification or self justification. We do not ignore or excuse sin in others and hopefully not in ourselves. We contritely acknowledge that every one of us has in deed and in thought offended God as much as any other human who may live an outrageously flesh driven life, and we humbly seek the grace of Christ for us all . . . including Kylie Jenner and Sadie Robertson.

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    • Katie Bivens you rock! I never comment on stuff like this, but I am THRILLED when I came across this article. I was actually pretty outragged when I read the initial blog you are referring to and went on, what was probably, a 30 minute rant to my boyfriend about it haha. I’m so glad Jesus doesn’t compare us to others and loves sinners like me! THANK YOU so much for writing this I pray that it reaches the un-believers and they get a glimpse of what the actual love of Christ looks like.

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    • Hi Wayne,

      Thank you for your comment! Exactly – of course, we know that Kylie is not leading a lifestyle that honors Jesus. No one is high-fiving her and saying, “good job!” But we absolutely cannot rip her apart as this other article does (especially cloaked in Christian beliefs) if we ever want to encourage her to Jesus. And of course only God knows the exact moment she may turn her life over to Him. Us casting stones at her in the midst of our own sins is not going to help anyone.

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  3. Thank you so much for writing this. I love Sadie! But, after reading such a ridiculing article about Kylie last week, I wanted to share your same words. I just couldn’t find the words to say it!

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  4. So here’s the thing. God bless your heart. I didn’t get the same point of view of the article, however. I feel unjustly criticized as a Christian, aka unworthy sinner who loves Jesus, for not wanting my IMPRESSIONABLE teenage daughter to follow the example of Kylie. I do not think Kylie is any less worthy of or welcome to Gods love and relationship. I feel like the point here is to be aware of the example being set before our young girls, and hoping that they choose a lifestyle not revolved around sexuality and seeking the approval of others. You can love your neighbor from a distance. I don’t judge her. But I absolutely do not have to turn a blind eye to inappropriate behaviors. And like it or not, my opinion stands. Kylie is an inappropriate role model for young girls. That doesn’t mean she’s unworthy of any of the graces bestowed upon me. It was a great article. Very thought provoking. Thank you.

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  5. i couldn’t agree more! I was deeply saddened by that original piece that was going viral and at my Christian friends resharing it. I too took to Facebook explaining my thoughts and how unlike Jesus it was and that I was saddened that the writer threw in Bible verses to support his hate speech as what I referred to it as. Bravo to you for taking a stand and sharing your thoughts on the subject too. Be Blessed!

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  6. I know everyone is gonna read everything differently. But one message stays true. That’s the message of love. There is no one who is good No not one according to scripture. I don’t personally agree with many people’s lifestyle but I also believe love covers a multitude of sin. I would rather my kids to see a role model in my wife and I. Therefore that makes the comparison between celebrities a moot point. Some things I do may shock people. I have facebook friends who are in the adult entertainment industry. I’m not ashamed because everything I post is Christ centered. Who knows, that may be the only interaction with Christ they ever have. I’m also not ashamed because love fails. So as long as God loves so will I.

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