The Chained to the Rhythm songstress Katy Perry recently accepted the Human Rights Campaign National Equality Award, which celebrated her aggressive strides for members of the homosexual community. Her acceptance speech was loaded with shots fired at her own conservative, Christian background and a rallying cry for a departure from narrow-minded, “black-and-white” principles concerning sexuality. How should Christians respond to Perry’s fiery assault on God’s truth concerning sexuality? Today I’ll share about my own Katy Perry-fanatic days, followed by a discussion on the biblical response to American idols that would like us chained to the rhythm of sexual perversion, like Perry and her peers.
It Started with a Kiss
Smothered by a crowd of screaming fans pressing in closer to the dazzling stage, I couldn’t believe I was watching my hero in all of her glittery pomp & circumstance. As she triumphantly strutted down the catwalk singing her hit anthem, “I Kissed a Girl,” girls were scrambling to be chosen to receive her cherry-chapstick kiss at the height of her performance. Even I was tempted to knock shoulders with the others for a shot myself, but my boyfriend was right next to me. Leaving Katy Perry’s headlining performance, my boyfriend asked, “If she tried to kiss you, would you have let her?” The question stuck with me for the rest of the night, and it became a catalyst for more convictions I had about Katy Perry, her music, & the spiritual effect they had on me.
Fast-forward to the end of my second-year of college, I’d been listening to my own cotton-candy scented copy of Teenage Dream, Katy’s second Capitol album. I could even play her biggest songs on guitar, and my concert ticket to her show in Nashville? Bought. A pretty good seat too. But then something crazy and unexpected happened. I became a Christian. (Listen to the raw, uncut version of my testimony here.) I received the Holy Spirit, and suddenly those tiny little convictions sounded more like blaring sirens.
It dawned on me that singing “I kissed a girl and I liked it” might actually offend the Savior who died to redeem sinners like me from the sins of homosexuality and adultery. Singing “I want to see your peacock-cock-cock-cock, your peacock,” (No. Not the bird.) is unfitting for a guilty woman who has been made clean by the sacrifice of Jesus. I tried to ignore my conscience for as long as I could, but the reality that women I personally knew were being negatively influenced by her music and emboldened to carry out sexual perversion and promiscuity prompted me to let go of my affections for the songstress and cling to God’s truth about sexuality.
Regarding the biblical view of sexuality that she was taught from an early age, Perry didn’t pull any punches. Embracing her newfound identity as an advocate for the homosexual community she declared, “I will never cease to be a champion, an ally, a spotlight and a loving voice for all LGBTQ-identifying people.” She is visually and conceptually very vocal in expressing that in the video for her latest single, Chained to the Rhythm. The colorful, glitzy video takes place in an utopian-themed amusement park, “Oblivia,” whose mascot is a grey-scaled, old-fashioned cartoon hamster. I could waste more paragraphs pointing out the obvious and overwhelming imagery, but I’ll summarize the propaganda instead. Overall, the video infers that people are chained or trapped on a hamster wheel of “forced” perception ―a “rose-colored lens”― of sexuality and the nuclear family. Hence the hamster gimmick and the zombie-like synchronized dancing.
“Chained to the Rhythm” is musical propaganda that rejects biblical sexuality and promotes a departure from the nuclear family.
Are you wide-awake to the agenda of Katy Perry’s music, Christian? She’s left no room for doubt about the intentions of her music. So how will you respond? Will you continue to listen to her and similar artist doing the same thing? Will you allow your children to be indoctrinated by her and other American Idols on the sexual deviancy band-wagon? Are you going to allow an affection for pop culture to inform your spirituality by refusing to guard the heart, eyes, and ears of yourself and your family? Doing so, would be an open invitation for Satan and your sin-nature to snatch your affections away from God.
Watch Perry’s Acceptance Speech
The Christian’s Response
Maybe you’re asking yourself the questions: “What’s the big deal? Katy Perry wants to be a ‘loving voice for all LGBTQ-identifying people’? Doesn’t Jesus teach us to love? What’s wrong with that?” There is no law against love. The scriptures declare this in Galatians 5:22-23. The problem is what Katy Perry is doing is not a biblical expression of love. “[Love] does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth (1 Corinthians 13:6)”, and the truth is that the practice of homosexuality will separate the practitioner from God.
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, ESV).”
Whether it’s thievery, idolatry, or homosexuality, why would a ‘loving voice’ persuade and encourage the masses to practice something that will ultimately separate them from God? That’s not loving.
To persuade and encourage the masses to practice something that will ultimately separate them from God is not loving.
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend,” the psalmist writes, but “profuse are the kisses of an enemy (Proverbs 27:6, ESV).” You will no doubt take some figurative or maybe even physical wounds for lovingly and gently standing against homosexuality and sexual sin of any kind, but make no mistake. Those who choose to endorse entertainers like Perry by patronizing her music and assuming a politically-correct and affirming stance on the dominating-homosexual agenda plaguing our culture are not loving the homosexual community.
In addition to being careful not to endorse artists such as Perry, we must pray for the artists leading the sexual deviancy agenda, for those led astray by their antics, and for the rising generation they hope to indoctrinate with their ideals –our children– to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Katy Perry herself is not the Christian’s enemy. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12, NASB).” The war on the nuclear family is a spiritual one, fought from our knees and in godly marriages and parenting.
As Christians we must ask ourselves the same question Perry wrestled with on her Teenage Dream album: “Who Am I Living for?” Christian, will you be chained to the rhythm of progressive ideology pushing pop artists, or to the rhythm of God’s standards for living as prescribed in His Word? When we chose to be fettered to the wisdom of God, we free ourselves from the sensual yet destructive lies of the enemy.