I know it’s not Monday, but I’m going to do a “Music Monday” post anyway because this is on my heart today

If you listen to the radio, you’ve probably heard the wildly catchy “Take Me To Church” song. If you happen to run across it while scanning the stations, just a millisecond of the tune will get stuck in your head, but have you read and understood the lyrics? I heard Bella singing the chorus and thought…what is she singing…I never took the time to read over the lyrics and always try to be aware of what I am letting my children, and myself listen to…here are the lyrics and you can decide for yourself if you deem them appropriate. Please discuss. I’d love to hear your point of view.

“Take Me To Church”

My lover’s got humor
She’s the giggle at a funeral
Knows everybody’s disapproval
I should’ve worshipped her sooner

If the heavens ever did speak
She’s the last true mouthpiece
Every Sunday’s getting more bleak
A fresh poison each week

‘We were born sick, ‘ you heard them say it

My Church offers no absolutes
She tells me, ‘Worship in the bedroom.’
The only heaven I’ll be sent to
Is when I’m alone with you—

I was born sick,
But I love it
Command me to be well
Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.

[Chorus 2x:]
Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

If I’m a pagan of the good times
My lover’s the sunlight
To keep the Goddess on my side
She demands a sacrifice

Drain the whole sea
Get something shiny
Something meaty for the main course
That’s a fine looking high horse
What you got in the stable?
We’ve a lot of starving faithful

That looks tasty
That looks plenty
This is hungry work

[Chorus 2x:]
Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife
Offer me my deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

No Masters or Kings
When the Ritual begins
There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin

In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene
Only then I am Human
Only then I am Clean
Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.

[Chorus 2x:]
Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life”

This song has been on the “Billboard” Top 100 songs for 11 weeks and counting. We hear it on the radio incessantly. There are people making covers of it (mostly the chorus) on Vine, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, etc., but do they know what they are singing? REALLY? I’ve even heard Christians (myself, included) humming it.

I know this may sound extremist to some of you, but this is how sin slips into our daily lives. It has a nice melody, it is pretty, it even mentions church, but what people don’t realize, or maybe don’t care to realize, is that it is mocking Christianity. It is stereotyping Christians saying our faith is full of lies and that we are there to judge and backstab with lyrics like “I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies. I’ll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife. Offer me my deathless death” and then has the audacity to mock God saying “Good God, let me give you my life” (you can feel the sarcasm dripping from this last lyric. The song also says “Every Sunday’s getting more bleak; A fresh poison each week” and “She tells me, ‘Worship in the bedroom.’ The only heaven I’ll be sent to is when I’m alone with you—” The writer/singer approves of things such as worshiping a lover (“You shall have no other gods before me” -Exodus 20:3); mocking God (“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”-Galatians 6:7); not having a God to be accountable to and the acceptance of sin in the lyric “No Masters or Kings when the Ritual begins, there is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin” (“So then each of us shall give account of himself to God”-Romans 14:12).

I’m sorry I seem to be on a rant, but I feel guilty for not looking at these lyrics sooner and letting this song play in my car without fully understanding what the singer/writer is saying and even more guilty for letting my children sing along and me not catching the significance of these lyrics. It’s important to know what we are putting in our bodies. When you want to be healthy, you only eat healthy foods. Why would your mind be any different? If you want to have a healthy spiritual life and a healthy mind, pay attention to what you are letting come in-through music, t.v., the internet, etc. We all need to pay closer attention to the little things in our lives because little things can quickly snowball into big things.

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