Written by Katie Kaminski
Lil Nas X, a singer and rapper often known for his hit song “Old Town Road”, has recently released some controversial shoes, labeled “Satan Shoes”. These shoes contain a pentagram, an inverted cross, a reference to the Bible verse Luke 10:18 and a drop of real human blood. Only 666 pairs of these shoes were created, and they sold out within a minute of being dropped. Singer Miley Cyrus was among those who purchased these sneakers, taking to Instagram to show them off with the caption “Can you see Satan?”. Supporters of Lil Nas X’s decision to release these shoes argue that they are a form of art and that human blood has been used in art for centuries, and that there’s only one drop of blood in the shoes; people are taking it too seriously. What is concerning, though, is the fact that Lil Nas X, in an interview with NPR, admitted that children are his core audience. With the large number of children who have access to cell phones and social media, it is troubling that the creator of “Satan Shoes” is looking to children as his core audience. Even more troubling is the music video he released, where in it he seduces the devil and twerks in hell, glorifying both Satan and hell.
The question must be asked: is this okay for the youth of America to be exposed to? What does it mean for our culture and society if people encouraging Satanism are rewarded with clicks, likes, followers and money, but the people like Chris Pratt who boldly speak of their Christian faith are cancelled and mocked? I fear that the more power we give to celebrities like Lil Nas X and Miley Cyrus, and the more our culture becomes okay with celebrities being cancelled for their belief in Jesus, the worse our society will become. Holy Week is upon us, a week where Christians celebrate the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross, before demonstrating His power over death, ultimately liberating and freeing us all from death, replacing it with eternal life in Heaven. With this in mind, I encourage all followers of Jesus to pray for the souls of those being lost to evil, and fix our eyes upon the sacrifice that was made for us.
It’s certainly scary the impact that celebrities like Lil Nas X and Miley Cyrus can have on society, particularly on our next generation, who grow up idolizing these people. The only thing we can do is pray for them and take back our culture, to where faith in God is celebrated and celebrities who espouse Satanism are cancelled.