Branded for Life (Katy Perry used to Love Jesus…What went Wrong?)

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I am sure you have heard by now that Katy Perry used to be a Christian and has preacher parents, but her background with Christ goes much deeper than this. The pop sensation has “Jesus” tattooed on her wrist for the world to see. It is not difficult to find Katy leading worship and praising Jesus on You Tube in her younger years (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70AlxWcbWAc). Her initial goal was to become a Christian artist and although she focuses on pop, she is insistent that her first love is acoustic music. She came out with a song not too long ago called, “Unconditionally.” When I first heard it, I did not realize it was a Katy Perry song and I thought for sure that the song-writer had to be a Christian. When I found out it was her song, I had to wonder if the inner-workings of it began in her Christian-music days. Her parents, Keith & Mary Hudson, are traveling ministers. They have been in ministry Katy’s whole life and could easily be called sold-out followers of Christ (http://www.keithhudson.org/). Yet, even with all this Katy fairly recently stated to Marie Claire magazine,

I’m not Buddhist, I’m not Hindu, I’m not Christian, but I still feel like I have a deep connection with God,” she said. “I pray all the time — for self-control, for humility. There’s a lot of gratitude in it. Just saying ‘thank you’ sometimes is better than asking for things.

What in the world happened? How does this girl go from loving Jesus so much that she is willing to brand his name on her wrist to a girl who flat out rejects Him? Of course, the easy answer is that Hollywood ate her alive, but is there something much deeper than this going on? Could this be a real spiritual battle and should we Christians be fighting for her, our seriously lost sister?

Truth be told, I love Katy Perry! She is incredibly talented, very sweet and lots of fun; but it is evident that she does not seek to glorify God with the dream that He put in her heart and this bothers me. I don’t judge her harshly; if anything I care about her. When I read about her upbringing it reminds me of my own, so I relate to her. My sister and I went to her concert last summer in Washington D.C. and I couldn’t help but make some observations:

1. We should have dyed our hair blue and wore tutus!
2. Katy is doing what she was born to do.

The problem was that she was doing it for herself and not for God. As a worship leader and Christian artist Katy sang to point others to Christ, but she now sings for her own personal glory. It seems she has become her own idol. I once read about her preacher father attending one of her concerts. I am most certainly paraphrasing, but Keith Hudson went on to say that he sat in the back of the packed out auditorium and cried his eyes out as he watched thousands of teenage girls worship his daughter and not God. Can you imagine how her parent’s hearts break everyday as they watch their daughter drift farther and farther away from what they taught her to be true? My heart hurts for them, but it also hurts for her because she seems to be hopelessly confused.

I once heard Katy say (on You Tube) that since she failed at becoming known as a Christian artist, she sold her soul to the Devil. There is also growing speculation that Katy is involved with The Illuminati, which is a secret religion that has gained popularity in Hollywood. Many believe it involves the spiritual act of selling oneself to Satan for fame and that Katy and those like her are used as puppets to further some sort of morally corrupt agenda. Whether the conspiracies are true or not, it is evident that Katy has sold herself out for the offerings of this world.

Last year at the Grammy’s, Christian artist Natalie Grant left early because Katy Perry’s performance was so disturbing that even E News called it witchcraft. Natalie tweeted:

We left the Grammy’s early. I’ve many thoughts, most of which are probably better left inside my head. But I’ll say this: I’ve never been more honored to sing about Jesus and for Jesus. And I’ve never been more sure of the path I’ve chosen.

While I totally understand Natalie’s words and actions and even admire her for standing up for her Christian convictions, I can’t help but wonder when and if a Christian celebrity will seek to reach out to Katy, rather than boycotting her altogether. In Natalie’s defense, last year’s Grammy’s opposed Christian views from start to finish which was insulting to say the least, but I find it disheartening that Christian celebrities tend to clique together when they are perhaps the very people with the influence to reach non-Christian celebrities. I also think it is strange how fearful Christians seem to be of occult-like practices. If we are truly walking with God, Satan has no hold on our lives.

When my sister and I decided to go to the Katy Perry concert last summer, I put out a Facebook status that I just bought Katy Perry tickets. Truthfully, I didn’t know about her demonic performance when I bought the tickets; I thought I was signing up to go dance to “Baby you’re a Firework.” But you would have thought I signed up to marry Marilyn Manson by all the private messages of concern I received. Now, I don’t recommend dabbling in anything ungodly, but if you are a strong Christian, one concert should not sway you to start following the Devil because the Bible says that He that lives in you is greater than he that lives in the world (1 John 4:4). If we have no clue what is going on in the world, how the heck are we going to reach the world? To be clear, if anyone has a weakness towards the occult or idolizing celebrities, it is best to stay away from it altogether, but most Christians I know are not going to throw in the Jesus towel after attending a concert where the artist is sinning. Frankly, I don’t know why we act so surprised when these people seem to be worshiping Satan. Jesus Himself said, anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me (Matt. 12:30). Maybe it time for us to get over our shock (and maybe even off our high horses) and do something about it!

The bottom line this: I am confident that Jesus would not be afraid to attend any concert and he would not feel the need to leave a concert early because the performer was sinning. Jesus walked closely with the Father and sought to be a light in very gloomy places. He had wine with drunks, but never got drunk. He hung out with prostitutes, but never gave into sexual temptation. He was clear that he didn’t come into this world to influence those who think they have it altogether; He came to love on the screw-ups! So many Christians would not appreciate Jesus if he lived today because chances are that He not only would have stayed at the Grammy’s, but He would have had a glass of wine with Katy afterwards and tried to win her back to Him! Our calling is not to run and hide from the big bad Devil; our calling is to fight back. With this said, I would not go to another Katy Perry concert because I don’t feel the need to support her music. I don’t agree with how she is using her gifts and I don’t believe I personally have the influence to directly change her life as Jesus could. But if I could personally influence her faith by attending her concert, I most certainly would!

Katy is one of ours and so many of us are not only letting her escape, we are pushing her out the back door with our harsh judgment and criticism. We don’t have to support her music, but we should support her as she was once a child of God. What if she were your friend, sister, or daughter who got away and fell into the hands of corruption and deceit? Her parents cry out for her soul and beg Christians to pray for her to come home to Christianity. Shouldn’t we join them so they do not have to fight alone? After all, wasn’t it Jesus who encouraged us to leave the 99 good little sheep behind to go after the one mischievous sheep that escaped and got lost?

Feel free to express you options in the comments below!

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  • Ok. I’ve now had to rewrite this three times! lol. I wholeheartedly agree! Jesus would not have been popular in this generation either. I’ve been back and forth struggling with sin a lot in my life, I’ve not denied God exists because I’ve had to many spiritual proof that God is indeed in existence. Katey Perry and Marylin Manson..both were in the church. I can also relate to both of them and the super strong lure the flesh can have over the soul. God is either going to turn his back completely or he is going to pound on her door until she accepts the fact that she really isn’t winning.

    • Julie- Thanks for your comments and I also relate to everything you are saying! It is not easy to shake sin off, especially when we have grown attached to certain sins that feed our fleshly desires. I sure hope God shows Katy mercy and draws her back!

  • I like what you had to say. I don’t know much about Katy Perry and I don’t follow pop culture so I wasn’t aware of any of this until reading your article. So, I checked out both of the performances that you mentioned on YouTube. I don’t assume that the dark images represent Katy any more than I would assume that Anthony Hopkins is a cannibal. I’m always disappointed when I see people pushed away by judgmental church goers. It has happened to me too. I have to wonder if that had anything to do with her attitude about Christianity. Jesus would go where the sinners are and greet them with Love.

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