American pop star Katy Perry posted an interesting Christian message to her 69 million Instagram followers on Easter Sunday. She also works as a judge on the new American Idol show.
She not only highlighted her Jesus tattoo, that she has had for years, with special lighting, Katy also added the words:
“My brokenness + God’s Divinity = My wholeness.”
As some may know, Katy has a Christian background. Her parents, Maurice and Mary (née Perry) Hudson, are Pentecostal pastors. Katy’s birth name was Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson.
As a girl, she even spoke in tongues after being filled with the Holy Spirit and with her natural singing ability Katy sang gospel in church. She hoped to move full-time into gospel music but that ultimately transformed into secular.
Below is a Gospel song that Katy Perry (then Katy Hudson), sang on the Christian broadcast network, TBN, in 2002:
The relationship with her parents has been strained as she rejected her parent’s faith. In 2008, she wrote a song, I Kissed a Girl, that topped the pop chart but further deepened the divide between them.
After going into therapy when she struggled with thoughts of suicide after the 2012 divorce with her ex-husband Russel Brand, I noticed Katy was desiring a restored relationship with her parents.
In an interview last June, Katy said:
“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.”
I believe that relationship restoration is an important first step in Katy’s return to faith.
Genesis tells us that God created Adam and Eve in His image:
27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27 NASV)
What does it mean to be created in the image of God?
The Hebrew word for image is ‘tselem.’ Literally it means to be a “representation” and they used the same word in the Old Testament to describe idols used to represent the various pagan gods (Isaiah 40:19).
But the verse in Genesis says that men and women were the “representatives or idols” of God, not crude images made of rock or stone.
So why did God do that and more importantly, who are we to represent God to?
At that point, sin had not entered the world and if we are all made in the image of God it would be pointless to represent God to each other.
I believe God did this for the sake of our children. Parents were to represent God to their children and as they matured this would serve as a natural bridge for them to move into a personal relationship with their Heavenly Father.
However, when sin came into the world, the parent idols that God created were horribly scarred by sin. All parents are sinners. All parents make mistakes.
This resulted in a distorted image of our true Heavenly Father.
But nevertheless this is how it was supposed to work. Because of this I believe a restored relationship between Katy and her parents is the first step to reconciling with her Heavenly Father.
We also need to realize this is a process. It will not happen overnight. There will be ups and down, but I believe God is working in Katy’s life.
It is also important for Christian parents to acknowledge their part in any relationship breakdowns with their children. If it is in your power seek reconciliation. Ask your kids to forgive you.