Radio host, professor and author Dr. Michael Brown tackles the cutting-edge topics of today.
Email not displaying correct? view in browser
In the Line of Fire, with Michael Brown
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Does Manchester Need a Concert With Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry?
Ariana Grande performs at Z100's Jingle Ball in Manhattan, New York.
Ariana Grande performs at Z100's Jingle Ball in Manhattan, New York. (REUTERS/Andrew Kelly)
I assume the performers mean well. I assume they intend their concert to be an act of redemption and healing for the people of Manchester, England. But does this hurting city really need a performance featuring Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus (among others)? Is this the best way to bring healing to these open wounds?

Before I go any further, let me allow some of you (my critics) a moment to blast me. In fact, I'll write out what you're thinking to save you the trouble.

Perhaps it's something like this: "Who in the (obscenity) do you think you are? What gives you the right to tell the people of Manchester what's best for them? It's antiquated religious hypocrites like you who are messing up the world. So, go find a rock and hide under it, old man. We could care less what you have to say."

Do you feel better now? Did that help you vent?

Good. Then let's move on and try to have a fair-minded, heart-to-heart conversation. I mean to help, not hurt, to be constructive, not destructive.

Of course, whatever concert is or was held, however degraded or debased it might be or have been, it does not merit a terrorist attack. God forbid!

Even if the performers sang the vilest songs and had a corrupting effect on young people. Even if they mocked every religion on the planet. Even if their words and actions were deeply offensive, you don't blow up their audience with a bomb. Never!

You don't maim them. You don't injure them. You don't kill them. No, no, no, no. (Rather than write it out, I'll just say "a thousand times no!")

The suicide bomber was doing the devil's work, not God's work, and there is no possible religious justification for his acts. read more
A series of amendments put forward by supporters of biblical marriage were defeated.
Another Major Denomination Falls Into Abominable Teachings
The excuse is cultural context.
Tiger Eldrick Woods appears in a booking photo released by Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in Palm Beach, Florida.
Tiger Woods Arrested: Here's the True Story
He had "extremely slow and slurred speech" after being awoken by a Jupiter police officer, but too many people are jumping to conclusions.
Donald Trump captured the imagination of tens of millions of American voters when he pledged to
It's Time to Flush the Toilet

What's the problem? It can all be summed up in one word.

More from Charisma News
The Current Rift Isn't Between the U.S. and Europe
Comedienne Kathy Griffin 'Begs for Your Forgiveness' After Jokingly Beheading Trump
Does Manchester Need a Concert With Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry?
Jerry Boykin Has a Message for 'Mad Dog' Mattis
Report: Attorney to File Lawsuit in Seth Rich Murder Case
The Government Is About to Run Out of Spending Capacity
C-Pop podcast
C-Pop Podcast Did you know unicorns appear in the Bible? Or that your personality type could say something about your relationship with God? On C-POP, Taylor and Jessilyn discuss, debate and sometimes deride pop culture with a strong sense of humor and a focus on Christ. Listen now
Charisma Media
You are receiving this newsletter because you are a In the Line of Fire subscriber. © Copyright 2017 Charisma Media. All Rights Reserved.  |  600 Rinehart Road, Lake Mary, Florida 32746  |  Phone: 407-333-0600