There is a saying: “Judge not, lest you be judged.”
Sometimes, I am tempted to think that The Voice is hard to find. In some cases, maybe, if you look “in all the wrong places,” that may appear to be true. How about the explicit lyrics of today? How about a song called “F**kin’ Perfect”? Is the Voice there?
You might be surprised. Heck, I was. As of the date this podcast was written, it was the #1 download on iTunes. True, the song isn’t ‘church-worthy’ but the Voice can be heard in some of this little tune about how the Holy Spirit sees us as perfect. Check it out…
“Look, I’m still around.
Pretty pretty please, don’t you ever ever feel
Like you’re less than f**kin’ perfect
Pretty pretty please, if you ever ever feel like you’re nothing
You’re f**kin’ perfect to me!
You’re so mean, when you talk about yourself, you were wrong
Change the voices in your head, make them like you instead.
So complicated, look happy, you’ll make it!
Filled with so much hatred…such a tired game.”
“F**kin’ Perfect” by Pink.
Perfect has to do with a standard that one measures against. There is only the One… and One is perfect.
Another Top 5 iTune download also has a nugget buried deep within it. It is about the Love of the Holy Spirit for us, but in this song, it is buried deep in “language”. It’s called “Grenade”. Take this one to church too? Maybe not, but the message is that the Holy Spirit loves us no matter what and to the limits of life.
“To give me all your love is all I ever asked,
Cause what you don’t understand is
I’d catch a grenade for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Throw my hand on a blade for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah)
I’d jump in front of a train for ya (yeah, yeah , yeah)
You know I’d do anything for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah)
I would go through all this pain,
Take a bullet straight through my brain,
Yes, I would die for ya baby;”
“Grenade” by Bruno Mars
Straight out of the New Testament, huh? You know, Jesus died for us? My whole point here is that the Voice leading us back to Heaven is available to all and in places some of the older folks would not ordinarily be listening. Suffice it to say, God speaks to all of us in ways that we can accept.
Yes, the songs often are meant by the singer and writer to be sung to another human being and in a relationship context. They probably did not mean to say what I am hearing. But, it is another example of the Holy Spirit taking a song that has issues and using it to help us on the journey back to our Source, our First and Only Relationship!
The full versions of the songs excerpted above can be found at your favorite musical streaming or perchasing site, such as iTunes, Amazon, or WalMart.
***The use of audio selections in the podcast are used here under <strong>”fair use” exemptions</strong>.” The purpose here is commentary and teaching, the works were published long ago, doesn’t use significant amounts, licensing and permissions were not available and their use has no adverse impact on the marketability of the music involved. The fragments used are identified to facilitate their purchase online.***