Katy Perry is a classic example of someone who was raised a Christian but abandoned her faith once she engaged with pop culture and the entertainment industry.
Not only that, but she seems to want to take advantage of that story and use it to further her career; something like a reverse testimony for marketing purposes.
In other words, you see, once I raised in a Christian home where both my parents were ministers. Now I’m the bad girl who left all that and am living the wild life.
It’s of course not exactly said that way, but in interviews Perry has very much used her abandonment of Christ as a tool to draw interest to herself.
She and her managers know the “good-girl-turned-bad” theme sells, and so she sadly embraces the strategy in order to sell her music and be an American pop star.
There are so many things to talk about this, like the usual preacher kid gone bad angle, or cocooning Perry away from the influences of the world in a way that caused her to go in the opposite direction.
I’m not at all saying that is what happened, just that it is part of the overall story, as told by Perry to make her sound interesting.
Perry seems to be using her past connection to Christianity as a marketing tool, knowing the audience she’s attempting to reach will eat it up and connect with their hatred of Christ and Christians.
While I understand this when entertainers aren’t aware of the strategies being used by their handlers which take them in this direction, but for Perry to not only embrace this, but pursue, and possibly originate this, is both sad and somewhat reckless, knowing what she does about the Lord Jesus.
Whether this was meant as a fun little venture into life or a total abandonment of her faith in Christ, Katy Perry, like many before her, has been caught up into the pop culture and entertainment industry, which catches people into its web of punishing lifestyle which leaves no room for Christ.
Even though Perry thinks she’s in control, she’s really not, and the tools and techniques used in the industry to promote and sell records to generate money are only with that in mind. It doesn’t matter how many people they chew up and spit out. Their only concern is to generate sales, and secondarily, to influence the overall culture with their way of life.
Sadly, Katy Perry has just become a vulgar caricature of the industry as it wants to portray females. She’s also pursued the homosexual theme throughout her music and interviews as a way to keep the interest up; an old but effective technique of the industry.
Perry in many interviews has become so vulgar for the purpose of shock value, that I really don’t want to link to some of her interviews because of that, reinforcing her lifestyle changes.
All of this is to say that even if someone feels they can keep themselves wholesome while participating in the entertainment industry, it’s a delusion and illusion. It’s brutal, and many people live to break people of faith that enter into that very industry. But even if they didn’t, the entertainment industry itself is so corrupt and dark, that the lives people in the industry live can definitely break some of the more sound people there are out there.
I think we need to build up an entertainment industry based on Christ and Christian values away from Hollywood and the music industry trappings. We should not be afraid or concerned about the repercussions, but just put out quality, meaningful, wholesome content that the vast majority of ordinary people really look and hope for.
We shouldn’t be concerned with building up stars and making blockbuster hits, but rather build up an industry centered on acting and performing as a craft, and based on being salt and light in the world.
Statistics show that not only does this work well as far as financial profits, but people around the world go to see quality movies they for the most part can see with their families, which of course help generate those profits.
In other words, there’s a huge market for wholesome, quality, redemptive themes and music, and there’s no reason Christians can’t take the initiative to see to it that that hunger and void is filled. It’s there for the taking, but it can’t be done in the context of Hollywood, which controls the themes, stories and production at all phases of the operation.
I believe we must do it outside of Hollywood and be willing to take the flack and just put out good music, acting and stories, built around themes connected to being salt and light in this world.
Sadly, Katy Perry has chosen a different route, and has embraced all of the negative side of the entertainment industry in order to be rich and famous. We must do better than that, and we can if we keep our eyes on Christ and don’t look for fame and fortune, but to be salt and light in a world that desperately needs it.