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Pop star Katy Perry reconciling with her Christian parents: Is God next?

Katy Perry in concert in 2011. Credit: tempusfugate/Flickr/Creative Commons

Mega pop star Katy Perry, 33, made some interesting statements in her interview with Dr. Siri Singh, on Viceland’s program The Therapist that aired the weekend of June 10, 2017.

According to the Christian Post (CP), in the interview Katy talked about the pressures involved with being the pop star Katy Perry instead of who she really was Katherine Hudson. She expressed a desire of being her “authentic self.”

But what I also found interesting is Katy’s discussion about God and her parents.

Katy’s parents, Maurice and Mary (née Perry) Hudson, are Pentecostal pastors. As a child Katy accepted Christ. She was even filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. As a teenager, she sang gospel music and initially tried to make a career singing gospel.

But today as one of the world’s top pop stars, for the most part Katy has rejected her parent’s Christian faith.

But I saw signs in the interview that there is potential for things to change.

First Katy talked about having suicidal thoughts after breaking up with her husband Russel Brand. She credited “God’s grace” for helping her navigate this difficult time. A song she wrote in 2013, entitled “By the Grace of God,” explained God’s intervention in that dark hour.

But equally as important, Katy talked about how she and her parents are now in therapy to restore their broken relationship. She blamed her parents for being too restrictive and overly protective:

“I didn’t really hear them and I’m trying to listen for that more and hold a space and have compassion for them and love them in an authentic way because it wasn’t always easy because we have very different view points. Now we agree to disagree in a loving space.”

This reconciliation may be a critical step if Katy is to come back to God.

In Genesis 1:27, we read:

27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

This verse tells us God created man in the image and likeness of God. Likeness refers to sharing similar attributes and emotions that enables us to have a relationship with God.

But the word image (Hebrew ‘tselem’) means representative and it was  the same word used repeatedly in the Old Testament to describe idols (Isaiah 40:19).

So what does this mean?

I think it suggests that humans, not idols made of stone or wood, were intended to be the idols who represented God.

But who are we to represent God too? If we are all made in the image of God, it would be fruitless to represent God’s image to each other.

I suspect as adults we are intended to represent God to our children. As children interacted with their parents, they would gain an understanding of who God was. This would be a natural bridge leading them into a personal relationship with their Heavenly Father.

However sin entered the world horribly marring this idol that God created to represent Him.

All parents, Christians included, are imperfect representations of our perfect Father. We sin, make mistakes, and in the process skewer our children’s perception of God.

I firmly believe a healthy reconciliation between Katy and her parents may be a vital first step in Katy’s journey back to God. Though they are agreeing to disagree at this point, barriers are breaking down. CP wrote in a separate interview with RuPaul earlier this year, Katy admitted that she regularly prays to God.

It’s easy to judge Katy for her current lifestyle, but it may be more beneficial if we prayed for her instead.


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