To say that parenting these days can be challenging is an understatement. It is tough. You can come to your wit’s end and you still won’t be able to figure it out. We can always throw in our own parenting skills. But a child, when he is able to think for himself, he’ll choose what he will and eventually do what he wants in his life.
Take Katy Perry (formerly Katy Hudson), for instance. Who would have thought that a daughter of Christian pastors, who launched a Christian album in 2001, will top the charts with sexually charged music, naked on her cover album, a decade after? I mean sure, my son can tell me now that he’s not getting into drugs, let alone use discount backwoods cigars or do anything forbidden. But when he grows up and chooses for himself the path to take, it’s all gonna be up to him which, in my opinion, will keep us on our knees, as his parents, praying.
As for Katy Perry and her music, I don’t exactly have the luxury of time to investigate things about her or even judge her for her shift of music preference. While I do not approve of it, I’m keeping the same thoughts as the author of BeliefNet has on the celebrated artist. I cleared out my playlist too. In as much as I love her “Firework” song, it does not take a genius to figure out where her other songs revolve around. From the girl-meets-girl flirtation (“I Kissed a Girl”), having sex on the beach (“California Gurls”) and hooking up (“Teenage Dream”).
I personally think that “Firework” is a good song. It has an encouraging message – to the tune of “everyone has value and let the world see that”-kind-of-thing. Katy Perry’s influence on today’s generation is undoubtedly vast. But as a family, we will not choose songs, music, album, in general just because it is what’s popular. In fact, we will, if we have to, review the message of the songs and decide from there.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8