2014 Grammy’s Review for Parents

Grammy-2014-2015Last night’s Grammy Awards show was a mirror into the future of our culture. Granted, youth culture bloggers always tend to say things such as this, but it was true. Music plays an important part in our culture. Everyone loves music..okay, not everyone, but most people. We all like different genre’s of music, but music in general is something that all of us enjoy. For many, it is an outlet. For others, it is entertainment. Last night, the biggest stage in the music industry took place: The GRAMMYS. I tuned in for a few minutes here and there to check out what was happening, and then read a great deal about it this morning. The reason is not because I enjoy the music or the entertainment. In fact, I do not like any of the genre of music that they played. I grew up in the 90s so the music has drastically changed since then. Walt Mueller points out one area where the church could learn something from the Grammy’s. That is the inter-generational nature of the show. All generations and all genre’s of music come together to form the show. Read more of his blog here. The church has segregated different generations, and this is one thing that the church can learn about society and our culture.

The major topic that I want to address today is the sex culture that we live in, and dare I say, it is getting worse. The Grammy’s last night proved it. The performances are sex driven, the dress code is sex driven, but the message of these songs are sex driven. For instance, Kacey Musgrave won the country artist of the year award over the likes of popular sensation, Taylor Swift. Kacey performed her hit song, “Follow your Arrow.” Here is a portion of the lyrics of the song:

If you save yourself for marriage
You’re a bore
If you don’t save yourself for marriage
You’re a horrible person
If you won’t have a drink
Then you’re a prude
But they’ll call you a drunk
As soon as you down the first one

Make lots of noise
Kiss lots of boys
Or kiss lots of girls
If that’s something you’re into
When the straight and narrow
Gets a little too straight
Roll up a joint, or don’t
Just follow your arrow
Wherever it points, yeah
Follow your arrow
Wherever it points

The song in essence is “do whatver you want.” Go wherever your arrow points. If you want to have sex before marriage, who cares who criticizes you. If you want to become a lesbian or a homosexual, go for it. That is culture. That is the world in which we are living now. Miley Cyrus had a song with a similar meaning recently entitled, “We can’t stop.” The point is that culture is teaching people that you choose what you want in life, regardless of right or wrong. Regardless of principles, regardless of parents, regardless of morals, and definitely regardless of Biblical principles.

Another performance that caught my eye was Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. These two caught the “new artist award” at the Grammy’s. You have probably heard of these two with their major hit “Same Love.” Here are some lyrics in the song:

When I was in the third grade I thought that I was gay,
‘Cause I could draw, my uncle was, and I kept my room straight.
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face
She’s like “Ben you’ve loved girls since before pre-k, trippin’ “
Yeah, I guess she had a point, didn’t she?
Bunch of stereotypes all in my head.
I remember doing the math like, “Yeah, I’m good at little league”
A preconceived idea of what it all meant
For those that liked the same sex
Had the characteristics
The right wing conservatives think it’s a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made rewiring of a predisposition
Playing God, aw nah here we go
America the brave still fears what we don’t know
And God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago
I don’t know

And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love
My love
My love
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm

Macklemore goes on his second verse to diss the church and the Biblical stance that it teaches against homosexuality. During Macklemore’s grammy performance of the song, Queen Latifa came onto the stage and married 33 couples, most of which were of the same-sex. The wall of protecting marriage is falling, quickly all in the name of tolerance and love. For years, marriage was easily defined as being between a man and woman. Now, culture, society, and Hollywood are seeking to use the air waves to try to change that. If the majority of  states are still not legalizing it, then they have decided to use music and the stage to make their voices known. These people claim that we are intolerant, but yet they are intolerant of us just as much as we seem to be intolerant of them. It is hypocritical on so many levels. I believe in free rights and the freedom of speech for the people. That is not the issue. The issue lies in the outrage that media is taking to crush anyone publicly that disagrees with homosexuality while promoting it themselves.

So, parents, be careful. Know that as your teenager listens to today’s music, these kind of lyrics on these secular stations are being played in their headphones, and it is important that first of all, you are aware of the music. Secondly, you are aware of the messages that lie within the music. Then, you should be able to make a Biblical reason for teaching your students about the influence that culture can have on them.

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