OURS: Taylor Swift

pi5ey8RrTPeople ask, why do you know about Pop culture? Why do you research? My take: I’m concerned for the young people out there who are eating garbage without knowing it! My heart is to warn and encourage them to stay off the path of sin. A collection of over 500 Christian songs is available to anyone who would have them. PM me at: myfather’sbusiness@outlook.comWell, I wrote this post two years back at the height of Taylor Swift’s popularity. She still is very popular, along with Music band 1 Direction. This song…is almost everything the pop culture stands for. Let’s look at the analysis:

Elevator buttons and morning air
Strangers’ silence makes me wanna take the stairs
If you were here we’d laugh about their vacant stares
But right now, my time is theirs

Seems like there’s always someone who disapproves
They’ll judge it like they know about me and you
And the verdict comes from those with nothing else to do
The jury’s out, but my choice is you

So don’t you worry your pretty little mind
People throw rocks at things that shine
And life makes love look hard
The stakes are high
The water’s rough
But this love is ours….

Many of you know this song by heart… (yep Taylor Swift is popular with the teens isn’t she? I hear she’s won 17 out of the 23 nominations for the teen choice awards)

What does her song really mean?

Elevator buttons and morning air
Strangers’ silence makes me wanna take the stairs
If you were here we’d laugh about their vacant stares
But right now, my time is theirs
You guys know the background, if you don’t, hear, (I am sorry) here it is. Taylor Swift is off to work, but her mind is already on her boyfriend. What a way most teenagers start their day. Instead of thanking God who gave them life and breath, and praying for the people around them, she’ll rather be alone taking the stairs. (Psalms 69:34 Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.) Where is the effort and focus that God wants us to put in our work? (Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; forthere is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.)  This ‘out of this world’ mindset has taken many youth by storm. I know you easily identify with Taylor Swift, why? She’s in the flesh, and often, we Christians are in the flesh too. (Please read on, even if you disagree or don’t feel like it. I welcome your comments or feedback. If you wish to contact me, direct your emails to myfather’sbusiness@outlook.com)
 
Seems like there’s always someone who disapproves
Well who’s she talking about? Parents? Others? God?
(Proverbs 18:17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.) 
They’ll judge it like they know about me and you
God knows everything. Others, Parents, judge based on the best ability of their knowledge. But if you are in a Christian family, your parents judge based on God’s Word. (Hebrews 4:12  the Word of God…is a discerner of thethoughts and intents of the heart.)
And the verdict comes from those with nothing else to do
Judging is a holy command from God. (John 7:24 …judge righteous judgment.)
The jury’s out, but my choice is you
The jury’s out, BUT my choice is you. The I don’t care what others say, I am going my on sinful way. Israel was in trouble because of this sin.
(1 Kings 11:33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.) 
So don’t you worry your pretty little mind
People throw rocks at things that shine
(Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!) Suddenly, sin becomes things that shine. Satan is directly appealing to the youth here: “Don’t you worry about what others say, you know why? You are always right and they are wrong.” Sounds like what he said in the Garden of Eden. (2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.)
 And life makes love look hard
This statement comes from a warped, disgusting definition of love. What is love? See (I Corinthians 13) Love is hard. You have to give, you have to sacrifice, you have to die.  (John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.) If dying for your friend is easy, then love is easy.
The stakes are high
The water’s rough
Taylor Swift here in this two lines demonstrates she knows the consequences of sin. THE STAKES ARE HIGH. But what is at stake? Morality. Obedience. Submission. God gave Israel high stakes and rough waters too.  (1 Kings 9:6-9But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them: Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people: And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and to this house? And they shall answer, Because they forsook the LORD their God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath the LORD brought upon them all this evil. )
But this love is ours
BUT. How sad. The word but has been used twice already.  (Ecclesiastes 7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; BUT they have sought out many inventions. ) Taylor Swift and many of our youth are seeking other inventions.
You never know what people have up their sleeves
Ghosts from your past gonna jump out at me
Lurking in the shadows with their lip gloss smiles
But I don’t care, cause right now you’re mine
Seriously, what kind of nonsense is she talking about? Its tough just to understand these words.The only fact is, she doesn’t care, she’s got a boy, and that’s all that matters.
And it’s not theirs to speculate
Oh is it? But we just saw that God’s Word commands us to judge righteous judgment.
If it’s wrong and your hands are tough but they are where mine belong and
Its always “I know its wrong…but.” (Ecclesiastes 7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright;BUT they have sought out many inventions. ) Taylor Swift and many of our youth are seeking other inventions.
I’ll fight their doubt and give you faith with this song for you
Who exactly is she fighting? God’s Word says,  2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; Who she’s opposing? Herself. Sin destroys. I sure pity her, and many of the youths who have fallen into the same trap.
Cause I love the gap between your teeth
And I love the riddles that you speak
I know, guys. She’s just describing the boyfriend that she’s got. I don’t care what his name is. But he’s not her boyfriend anymore. Where’s her LOVE?
And any snide remarks from my father about your tattoos will be ignored
Wow. Snide remarks from her father about his tatoos will be ignored…. God’s Word has more ‘snide remarks’ :  (Leviticus 19:28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, NOR PRINT ANY MARKS UPON YOU: I am the LORD.)  I guess her father’s sound advice turns out to be ‘snide remarks.’ Methinks most youth will say what I am writing is ‘snide remarks.’
Cause my heart is yours
Who does her heart belong to?  (Proverbs 23:26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.) It applies to daughters too.
Teenagers, I am not trying to be a spoilsport. I am a teenager myself, a 16 year old who wants to have fun too. But I am a Christian first. And I can’t have fun outside of God’s boundaries. As of now, I am living the abundant life. I have my struggles, as do you. But I have Christ, my heart is His. It belongs to no one else. If you listen to this music I plead with you to seriously consider the error of your ways. It is time to repent dear youth. I love you in the Lord. There are many other ways to enjoy life. Taylor Swift’s music, can I say, is the music from hell. It smells of rebellion, and every foul and evil thing. This is only an analysis of the lyrics. I haven’t even got into the music, which is a separate message. I beg of you to repent, if the following paragraph below is your response, God help you. I will pray and hope God will show you the error of your ways.
Seems like there’s always someone who disapproves
They’ll judge it like they know about me and you
And the verdict comes from those with nothing else to do
The jury’s out, but my choice is you
So don’t you worry your pretty little mind
People throw rocks at things that shine
And life makes love look hard
The stakes are high
The water’s rough
But this love is ours
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. 
Hosea 10:12 
DISCLAIMER:
I DID NOT WATCH TAYLOR SWIFT PERFORM OR HEAR HER ALBUMS. I MERELY DID A CRITIQUE OF HER LYRICS WHICH ARE SO FREELY AVAILABLE.
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