Thursday, 16 July 2009

Strict religious upbringing

In a recent interview, it was reported that Katy Perry wrote her hit song "I Kissed A Girl" to rebel against her strict religious upbringing.

The star's mother is an evangelical Christian preacher who has admitted she isn't a fan of some of her daughter's outrageous lyrics, which she has branded "shameful."

Perry was banned from swearing as a child and followed strict rules as she grew up, so she wreaked revenge with the controversial lyrics to her breakthrough hit.

(read more)

In this article, Perry quotes
We were never allowed to swear. I'd get into trouble just for saying 'Hell no'. If you dropped a hammer on your toe in our house you had to say something like 'Jiminy Christmas'. The only music we were allowed to listen to was gospel. No wonder I rebelled.

Malcolm Loh blogs his response, attributing her rebellion to her strict religious upbringing, and offering an alternate solution.
Christianity is not a religion with a list of do's and don'ts, of "thou shalts" and "thou shalt nots". It is an intimate relationship with Daddy God that we can enjoy as the beneficiaries of a New Covenant established upon the finished work of Jesus His Son. That is the wonderful gospel of grace that needs to be preached, yes even to those who are in the Body of Christ. Amen?

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