So I know this post may shock some coming from me… after all… I’m a big grace guy, the guy who hugs witches and tells them Jesus loves them, the guy who eats out of the garbage can with a guy who is cussing me because he is an atheist and I am an idiot believer, just so that I can have the opportunity to pray with the guy and share my own testimony, etc. etc… however what I saw plastered over and over on the news feed of my Facebook yesterday just made me twinge.
I am referring to the blog at HappySonship.com entitled “When God Speaks to Katy Perry.” He recaps Katy’s pre-Superbowl Halftime show tweet, where she quotes Psalm 118:24, “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” A great verse, in fact it was one years back that became the theme of Jess’s and my wedding and first years of marriage. Then she recounted how God had spoken to her.
“It’s funny, I was praying and I got a word from God and He says, ‘You got this and I got you.’ And then I was on top of the lion and a guy, a random guy, just looked on me with a headset that I’ve never communicated with before and he just looked me straight in the eyes and said, ‘You got this.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, this is God confirming I can do this.”
In the blog the author, Carlos Rodriguez rebuts those that attacked her out of religiosity declaring that God would never speak to someone like her, God doesn’t speak to sinners, and lambasting her for her very open anti-Christian dialogue. It’s a great blog, and I can tell by reading it that Carlos has the same heart for people that I do. I like this guy… I don’t have to agree with 100% of what someone says to like them, and the points he make in his blog about the religious attacks, God loving and wanting to speak to Katy Perry, etc. are on point. So what made me cringe? It was the position taken versus what was “spoken” by God that has me concerned. Concerned because so many of my own friends, and I myself read it and agreed with so much. Concerned because so many posted with good intentions and great points made, yet lacked discernment on a tiny crucial detail. It was just a tiny point, a pin prick in my Spirit that had me wanting shout at the next person who posted it. The blog was 90% pure awesome!
But if I handed you a glass of water that was 90% pure water, and 10% sewage… would you drink it?
The religious attacks made on Perry for her story were based on her moral character and denying of Christianity. These were wrong. Saying God doesn’t speak to sinners is horse poo. Jesus came to me, spoke to me, and pulled me out of my life at a time I was certainly not seeking him or praying to him. I was addicted to drugs, alcohol, women and porn and living a lifestyle of party after party. Someone will no doubt think I am being judgmental by my position… I hope that clears up any confusion there. Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, and I will give my life for the worst sinner if it would mean they would know Jesus. So no, I do not fit that “religious” judgmental, God couldn’t speak to Katy Perry mold.
In fact, I imagine he is trying to every day. She is a beautiful, talented, and gifted woman. Gifted with a voice that was meant to bring glory Jesus, and usher those hearing it into the the throne room of God. He loves her dearly, and I pray earnestly she would hear God’s voice and respond.
And God’s grace IS amazing. He is able to love SO far beyond our imagination. As Carlos put it in his blog
But if God refrained from speaking to humans based on the proximity of their next sin, trust me friend, no one would ever get to hear His voice.
So true… I’ve seen some pretty amazing victories in my own life after what I felt was a catastrophic personal failure. In the blog he hinted at the point I am going to make and then pulled away from it.. So let me delve into where discernment started kicking in, and it’s not “God speaking to her,” but what he supposedly said.
God loves to encourage. It IS his kindness that leads to repentance. I’ve seen, and been used by, God to bring encouragement to a lot of people who thought they were too far gone… but I have never seen God encourage anyone to do something that would violate his heart, or his word. When he spoke to me, it was a call to repentance. A loving, “Come home son, I love you and have a plan for you.” What was spoken to Perry was, “You got this,” and the “this” is what I am calling into question.
Of course we, Perry and I, are referring to the Halftime Show. If you are a Christian that believes that it’s OK to listen to whatever, watch whatever, doesn’t matter what you feed your spirit, thinks to be relevant Christians need to engage in secular media, a Katy Perry fan, etc. then this is probably where I’ll lose you if I hadn’t already.
I have to admit, I didn’t watch the show until the blog was posted, other than the left shark dance. That was pretty great. So I Googled it, after praying for Holy Spirit to guard my heart, and watched… err… skimmed through it. The show itself wasn’t as bad as I expected, the lights and stage were legit, this was a well put together event… except for left shark…. and the content.
The only grinding I happened to see while in skim mode was her backing up and rubbing on Lenny Kravitz’s crotch, there may have been more that I missed, and the costumes were skimpy but the show was certainly safer than Miley or Gaga. Still, do I think God would want his little girl grinding on Lenny? Hmmm.
Then there are the songs. A sample of the lyrics of some of the songs she sang, again I had to use Google. Warning, these are explicit.
- Dark Horse: A song written about how addictive her sex is, and not to mess her over.
- Make me your Aphrodite
- So you wanna play with magic
- She’s a beast I call her Karma (come back) She eats your heart out Like Jeffrey Dahmer
- Damn I think I love her, Shorty so bad, I’m sprung and I don’t care, She ride me like a roller coaster
- Turned the bedroom into a fair
- Her love is like a drug, I was tryna hit it and quit it, But lil’ mama so dope, I messed around and got addicted
- I kissed a Girl: I don’t think I even have to post lyrics. The whole song is about how much fun it was to get drunk and experiment with the same sex. Sung by millions of preteen and teenage girls who would follow suit to the lyrics to see what it was like after it came out.
- Teenage Dream: A song written to compare a sexual escapade to being a teenager again and perverting true love, or, if your a teenager sex is what you should be doing!
- Let’s go all the way tonight
- You make me feel, Like I’m livin’ a, Teenage dream, The way you turn me on
- And got drunk on the beach, Got a motel and, Built a fort out of sheets
- California Gurls: A song about how fun it is to be a girl from California… oh and one that’s promiscuous.
- Sippin’ gin and juice (alcohol seems to be a common denominator here)
- Once you party with us, You’ll be falling in love
- Daisy Dukes, Bikinis on top, Sun-kissed skin, So hot, We’ll melt your popsicle (Not horrible but certainly selling an image to our daughters.)
- Sex on the beach, We don’t mind sand in our stilettoes, We freak
- Kiss her, Touch her, Squeeze her buns
- Homeboys, Bangin’ out all that ass hangin’ out, Bikinis, zucchinis (penis reference), Martinis
Then she sang a little with Missy Elliot… whose lyrics are even worse. Yes they were edited for TV but if you think those young girls don’t sing these songs over and over in their head you’re wrong… and it ain’t the TV version, especially since most media now is digital and direct.
- Get Ur Freak On: it’s about getting your freak on.
- Gimme some new s–t, yeah
- I told y’all mother-f—-r
- And if you want me nigga then come and get me now
- Go, get ur freak on
- Who’s that b—h?, People you don’t know
- Work It: Also about getting your freak on.
- I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it (yes, her thing)
- If you got a big d–k, let me search you, And find out how hard I gotta work you
- Put the p—y on ya like I told ya
- Your girl acting stank, then call me ova, Not on the bed, lay me on your sofa
- Call before you come, I need to shave my chocha (again, her thing)
- Go downtown and eat it like a vulture (The it is her choca)
- See my hips and my tips, don’t ya, See my ass and my lips, don’t ya
- Sex me so good I say blah-blah-blah,Work it, I need a glass of water
- (This is just the first verse… it gets worse.)
- Lose control: (Yeah, I’m getting sick enough looking up these lyrics… It’s a Missy Elliott song, so it’s also about getting your freak on.)
So, to be clear… Perry is about to go out and present all of this to the world, millions of viewers, millions of teenagers and young girls and boys… and she’s nervous so God encourages her… “You got this girl! Go on and do yo thang!” I used an analogy with my own children… Surely we can see how anti-God the performance was. If I were in a hotel room with a woman other than my wife and I was nervous, and I as a Christian prayed, “God I am nervous about this” and the voice came back, “You got this son! You can do it!” I invite you to look at me and with a straight face say that was God’s voice. Extreme? Maybe, but my own little foray would have only brought sin in to my personal bubble. I can’t see God, as much as he loves Perry, encourage her to share that bubble with millions of viewers.
This has nothing to do with being judgmental because of Perry’s personal relationship with God, or lack thereof. I have heard born again believers, in ministry, powerful men and woman of God, say stuff like, “God is releasing me from my marriage because we fell out of love and he knows that I am supposed to be with sister/brother so and so.” That’s not the voice of God and it breaks my heart. I can’t count the times in my early walk God got the credit for a lot of junk I “heard” coming from another source.
This is all without taking into account what god she prays to. In her own words she’s a follower of Eckhart Tolle, a new age unversalist, spiritualist, transcendental mediation expert. Nor does she believe in God, but a universal “higher power.” If you don’t think you can pray to a god, little g, and get a response you’re wrong. Been there, done that.
I’m not writing to upset, to rebut, start a dialog or argument… I am simply writing for the same reason that blog by Carlos got so popular in the first place… to make you think, to challenge your reasoning… but also to understand that as awesome as grace is, we have to use discernment while at the same time, not putting limits on God’s amazing capacity to love. I don’t listen to her music, but I love Katy Perry and will continue to pray she hears from God and comes home like I did years ago. Do I think it was his voice this time? No… sadly I don’t. If she had of, the show would’ve been quite different.