Bruno Mars Wishes he had Chosen Purity?

Bruno Mars Purity

In a beautiful, yet little known track called If I knew, off of his latest album, Bruno Mars sings:

“I wouldn’t have done all the things that I have done/If I knew one day you’d come.”

The entire song is about how when he meets the woman of his dreams, he wishes he could give her “all of the innocence” that she gives to him. I encourage you to give the song a listen; don’t worry, it’s relatively short…

The first time I heard this song, I was shocked that a secular artist would admit that sexual immorality is not a wise long-term move. You see, purity is not just a Christian thing that we do because we are “good kids”, and we want to keep our parents happy.

God encourages purity because He loves us, and He knows there is no way we will ever regret choosing purity. Yet there are countless ways the lack of purity can bring about devastation. In my 24 years of life, I have never met anyone who says they wish they hadn’t saved themselves and their hearts for marriage. I have however met a tragic number of those who, like Bruno Mars, wish they had been wise enough to choose purity from the start.

Truth is, most of us have a strong desire to be married someday, a beautiful and God-given desire. The song greatly emphasizes how Bruno wouldn’t have done the immoral things he had done if he knew one day she’d come. If we desire marriage and are seeking after God, there is an incredibly good chance we will one day have that special someone come into our lives…after all, God is a big fan of marriage, He did create it.

Let’s not wind up with regrets like Bruno Mars where he is pleading with his dream girl to believe him that he would do it differently if he could. For me, that is a conversation I’d rather never have to have, and I hope you agree.

So ladies, instead of living 100% in the now and making impulsive decisions like many of our friends and celebrity icons. Let’s start thinking about the future. Let’s focus on when we someday meet that handsome man who we will want to give everything to on our wedding day and every day thereafter, and let’s make choices that will make our lives as joyous and baggage free as they can possibly be. In reference to what a Godly wife looks like, in Proverbs 31:12 it says, “She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.”  Let’s start living intentionally today so we can be a blessing to that man we may meet tomorrow…or 10 years from now.

Guest Columnist: Laura Coulier

The Power of a Wrecking Ball

Songs can be so catchy, can’t they?!

You find yourself repeating the same tune and lyrics through your mind over and over and over again… and eventually you start singing it aloud (which isn’t always a good thing for some people) wishing it would go away. Well today I  found myself singing Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus…. not so good.

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You know the whole “curiosity killed the cat” phrase… that was me. I like to be in the know.

So I will admit it – yes I did watch the music video…. sadly. If you have not seen it, I would NOT suggest following in my footsteps. Images do not erase out of your mind easily/at all. But one thing that did come out of the song for me personally was the thought of redemption. I know this may sound a little silly but bear with me. Some members from our AMH team recently were talking about the power of redemption, and as Christians we can either shun away from all the things of this world, become a part of this world, or try to redeem it. For instance in this song, Miley sings:

“I came in like a wrecking ball, I never hit so hard in love. All I wanted was to break your walls. All you ever did was wreck me.”

This is a powerful image that is full of emotion and energy. When asked about the song Miley said if “you actually look at me, you can tell I look more broken than even the song sounds.”

This is a song about a destructive relationship between two people where they jumped into something without truly knowing the other person and came out hurt (at least that is my interpretation).

But look at it with me from a different perspective.

If we take the analogy of the power behind a wrecking ball and how it demolishes even the hardest of walls, then instead look at the resurrection power of Christ coming into someone’s life. When God enters our heart he comes with all the power of Heaven, walls crumble in the presence of our Lord. Sometimes you hear people pray to God – wreck me in the best way possible.

It is sad to look at how Miley has allowed the world to overcome her life, but God has said in his word that HE has overcome the world (John 16:33)! We have a powerful God and I think we can overlook God’s strength when we only focus on his love. They are synonymous – one and the same. God’s love is like a wrecking ball when it enters our life. He came in like a wrecking ball, by breaking down your walls. He only wants to free your heart. So you can fully love Him.

a normal wrecking ball

Dear Jesus, Thank you for being a redemptive God who is jealous for our love. I pray that you would powerfully move in these girls lives this week that they would be able to give up some of the strongholds in their lives to your wrecking power. Please wreck them in the best way possible that they would feel the power of your love.  Help lead them in your paths that they do not become over powered by this world but would bring your redemptive love to the world. Thank you for all of their beautiful hearts and willingness to follow you! In Jesus name – AMEN!

Showing her talent…. and then some

Why do talented women like Beyonce think it’s necessary to “flaunt it if they’ve got it”? It’s hard to appreciate her beautiful voice when skin-tight leather and provocative dance moves are flashing across the screen. Beyonce is good enough to get attention just with her musical talent, but she competes with her body for the attention when she flaunts it like that. Beyonce shows off a Superbowl

She knows how to entertain.  But, if entertaining is thrusting her body in suggestive positions and saying “whoa oh oh” over and over again instead of showcasing her beautiful voice… her true talent may be confused with her sex-appeal.

Over the past two months, Beyonce has had the chance to represent our nation. First at the Presidential inauguration and now at the Superbowl. The spotlight has been shining on her. She’s been given center-stage. And,without a doubt, her performances will be remembered. But rather than being remembered for an impeccable melody or a beautifully rhythmic dance routine, she’ll be remembered for her leather leotard and body language. Instead of gaining respect, she’s selling her body for worldly applause.

Live While We’re Young…

Live While We're Young...

Move over Justin Beiber… actually move 5 spaces over. We need to make room for One Direction, the biggest teenage icon and a pre-teen sensation to hit the music scene since Beiber Fever struck a few years ago.

They even sell One Direction fashion dolls for every band member.

Their latest hit Live While We’re Young is about sneaking out of the house, staying up all night, making irrational decisions, and…. sex? Or so it seems.

Listening to the lyrics, the upbeat melody makes it seem innocent enough, but then they throw in some slang words.

The music starts. Your boppin’ your head to the beat. And the teenage heart-throbs start to sing….

“Hey girl I’m waiting on ya, I’m waiting on ya
Come on and let me sneak you out
And have a celebration, a celebration
The music up, the windows down

Yeah, we’ll be doing what we do
Just pretending that we’re cool and we know it too
Yeah, we’ll keep doing what we do
Just pretending that we’re cool, so tonight

Let’s go crazy, crazy, crazy ’til we see the sun
I know we only met but let’s pretend it’s love
And never, never, never stop for anyone
Tonight let’s get some and live while we’re young”

You don’t have to Google it to know that the slang definition for “get some” is “get some sex”. But, of course, it could mean “get some fun” in this case, right?

The second verse, however, is even more suggestive:

“Hey girl it’s now or never, it’s now or never
Don’t overthink just let it go
And if we get together, yeah, get together
Don’t let the pictures leave your phone”

Why wouldn’t they want pictures to leave their phone? What are they doing? At this point in the song, it doesn’t matter what “get some” means, it matters that they are clearly suggesting that they are doing something inappropriate.

I’m not saying that One Direction sat down to write this song and said “Hey! Let’s write about sex.” In fact, I’m almost certain that wasn’t their goal. They probably meant for it to be just another fun dance song…. which is why it’s even more concerning.

Our culture has warped words and meanings to such an extreme that there is no distinction between “fun” and “sex” and “get some”. It’s all blurred together in one big confusing search for self-satisfaction.

To listen or live by…..

Who doesn’t love Taylor Swift?

Ok. So there’s a lot of T-Swift haters out there. But, I, for one, am among the Taylor Swift fans. My sister and I were at Meijer 12:01am to buy her newest CD as soon as it hit the shelves.

We cranked the tunes on our way to school the next morning, and I already have my favorite songs memorized.

I love her lyrics. I love her sound. I love her style.

But as much as I love Taylor Swift, I know that I can’t blindly listen to her music as an anthem for my life.

She rides an emotional roller coaster.

She sings about revenge and hopeless heartache.

She has unhealthy ideals for romance, based on physical attraction rather than lasting commitment.

Her songs are not a book to live by.

In fact, one of her songs on her new CD hints at spending the night with her boyfriend.

Her song Stay Stay Stay goes:

I’m pretty sure we almost broke up last night.
I threw my phone across the room at you.
I was expecting some dramatic turn-away,
but you stayed.

This morning I said we should talk about it.
‘Cause I read you should never leave a fight unresolved.
That’s when you came in wearing a football helmet and said “okay, let’s talk.”

Although, her songs shyly hint at living together, they are not disgustingly provocative or outlandish like most pop music today. As an artist in today’s secular world, Taylor Swift does a respectable job keeping her songs both fun and innocent. That’s why I’m a fan.

However, just because she’s “better” or “cleaner” than most artist, we shouldn’t blindly accept all of her views as an okay way to live.

Her music can be enjoyed without be emulated.

A Singer, a song, and a story….

The Story Behind the Song

What Do I Know of Holy? Change in the Making. This Little Light of Mine.

Most of us are familiar with Addison Road’s radio hits. I’ve seen the band perform in concert at Michigan’s Big Ticket Festival twice now! They are my favorite band! So when they announced that the lead singer Jenny Simmons was recording her own album…. I was a little upset!

SAD DAY!!!!

But, yesterday, Jenny Simmons released her brand new single Heaven Waits For Me! It has the same great lyrics and the same great sound that I loved about Addison Road! The song hit the Top 50 in Christian music sales on Itunes. So, apparently, I’m not the only one who likes it! Click the link at the top to hear the story behind the song.

Christianity goes pop

Christianity goes pop

So…it’s kind of exciting to see Christianity in pop culture. We see stars like Justin Beiber getting Jesus tattoos and Tim Tebow talking about their faith. In this Fox news article (click photo link), the author says that this pop star influence might make Christianity the “cool thing to do” . But is that really a good thing???

Hopefully, people are inspired by Justin Beiber’s willingness to speak up about his faith. But, hopefully, they don’t just follow his lead because they think it’s cool.

Romans 14:12 reminds us that each of us will give an account before God. We are all responsible for a personal relationship with God, not a copy-cat imitation of what someone else is doing.

Happily Never After….

Alright, girls. Let’s be honest. This song is completely different for the pop country sounding T-Swift we are used to. And, I’m not sure I like it. I’m used the guitar strumming to the same melody in every one of her songs. This rhythmic driven sound definitely makes me think twice…. Is that Taylor Swift? Is that Taylor Swift? (See. I told you)

Even though I don’t like the music. I do like the lyrics….. now don’t get me wrong! I don’t like the fact that the song is about a terribly exhausting relationship (she even says “It’s exhausting” in the spoken interlude). What I like is that she has the willpower to call this terrible relationship off for good! We are so used to her songs like Last December, White Horse, and Hey Stephen where she is wishing for a relationship that is never meant to be. But in her song, she’s actually realizing which relationships are never meant to be. It’s a new era of Taylor Swift music.