In a recent cover interview with Vogue Australia, pop sensation Katy Perry had more to say about her Christian faith. Katy’s parents, Keith and Mary Hudson, are both Pentecostal evangelists, and as their talented daughter became involved in music, Katy sang gospel and even released a gospel album.
However, as she moved into secular music, Katy seemed to walk away from her faith. She admitted in the interview that her mother was praying that her daughter would come back to God.
In response Katy said that she never “left Him, I was just a little bit secular. I was more materialistic and more career driven.”
Now in her 30s, Katy said there are changes taking place in her life stating “it’s more about spirituality and heart wholeness.” And we have seen hints of this spirituality popping through on social media as Katy shared Christian messages on Instagram
Over Easter, she shared an Instagram post of a rainbow over her Jesus tattoo with the words: ”My brokeness + God’s Divinity = My wholeness” written beneath the image.
Earlier this year, Katy was brought to tears by a Christian singer on American Idol where she served as a judge. Katy described Michael Woodard’s song “Still I Rise” as “anointed.”
In a June interview, she also admitted that it was God’s grace that pulled her back from suicide after her separation from ex-husband Russell Brand. She also talked about how she is working with her parents to restore their relationship. She even invited her mother along when Katy visited the Pope earlier this year.
Three years earlier, Katy confessed in an interview with E!’s Ryan Seacrest during the 2015 Grammy Awards that because of an excessive case of nerves, she prayed to God before her Super Bowl performance earlier that year:
“It’s funny, I was praying and I got a word from God and He says, ‘You got this and I got you.’ And then I was on top of the lion and a guy, just looked at me with the headset that I’ve never communicated with before and he just looked me straight in the eyes and said, ‘you got this.’ And it was like, ‘Oh this is God confirming I can do this.’”
Then on the day of the Super Bowl, Katy tweeted Psalm 118:24:
“Today is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Though it seems outwardly she has rejected God as evidenced by her hit song, “I Kissed a Girl,” things are not always what they appear.
Part of the reason is that though we can fall away from our faith, fortunately God does not fall away from us. God does not reject us, even though we seem to have rejected God.
5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” (Hebrews 13:5 NASV)
Though this verse speaks of God’s promise never to forsake us, it also alludes to the cooling affect money can have on a person’s faith. And this same message is clearly portrayed in the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32).
The younger son left his father’s house and the reason seems to be money. He asked for his share of his dad’s inheritance before he left and wasted it on wild living.
But when his life began falling apart he remembered his father’s house. Though he had outwardly rejected everything his father stood for, the young man had not completely forgotten his dad. And even while living the wild life, these thoughts were undoubtedly popping into his mind from time to time.
But more importantly when the young man decided to return, his dad welcomed him back with open arms. In this parable, Jesus was telling parents not to lose hope.
The parable also falls in line with a passage in Proverbs that reads:
6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 King James)
I like how Solomon adds when he is old, implying that if your child goes through some wild years, there will eventually be a desire to return to God. I sometimes wonder if King Solomon was writing about his own life.
The Lord has not forsaken your children, and we need to pray believing the Bible that God is still with them and is actively working in their heart despite how things may seem outwardly.