Vol. 3 Issue 30 | July 28, 2017
Three Things This Week
1. Mom, It’s Embarrassing
Why it's excellent: It’s no secret that many tweens and teens don’t talk to their parents about their struggles because of the shame and embarrassment they know they’ll feel. But that isolation and secrecy only keeps them in bondage to their addiction and sin, something all parents wish they could help their children understand. So how do we break down that barrier and help them find freedom? Take 3-5 to minutes to read the post and glean practical insight from a mom in the thick of it. And we highly recommend subscribing to their e-newsletter!
2. What Female Means
What it is: Seventeen Magazine asked 500 young girls around the world what being female means to them, and their answers are both alarming and inspiring.
Why it's hopeful: To them, being female means I’m both “strong, capable, worthy” yet “not treated with respect.” One girl even said being female means “I’m more vulnerable,” and she’s right: Girls are more likely to be the target of sexual violence. Girls aged 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be rape victims. In a world that refuses to recognize gender differences, our daughters need now more than ever to live out their God-given femininity. And, what would that look like? Where there is violence, they will sow peace. Where there is hostility, they will foster relationships, and where there is banality, they will nurture beauty. Encouraging our daughter’s femininity won’t make them weaker, it will make them stronger as they live into the fullness of being made in the image of God.
3. Keep the CT Free!
What it is: Tuesday, August 15 is Axis Giving Day.
Why we need you: Did you know it costs Axis $50,000 every year to research, write, and publish The Culture Translator? Will you help us keep this incredible resource free for the thousands of families who use it every week? Join us in raising the $25,000 needed to keep the CT free. Every dollar you give allows Axis to give The Culture Translator to two new families this year! Click here to make your online gift today. Thank you!
Learn to Let Go
It’s not often there’s something truly good to talk about in pop music. Take a quick look at the lyrics of any of the songs currently in the top 10, and you’ll know what we mean. Not to mention the sexual new releases from former Disney stars, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. A self-proclaimed proponent of female empowerment, Lovato released “Sorry Not Sorry” (language), a song about not caring what her haters think. But the music video tells another story, one that seems to be saying that female empowerment equals sex and partying. Meanwhile, Gomez’s “Fetish” is her weirdest and most sexual song yet.
So it was a breath of fresh air when Kesha (of all artists!) released her newest single “Learn to Let Go” this week. Despite the presence of one profanity, the rest of the lyrics and the music video (yes, this one’s worth watching!) are refreshingly youthful, as in returning to one’s “joyful childhood innocence” by “embracing your past, but not letting it define you,” as she wrote in her essay about the song.
The video features lyrics like, “Choose redemption / Your happy ending’s up to you,” and home videos of the artist’s childhood in which she dances goofily, clearly carefree and unburdened. It’s all juxtaposed with the grown Kesha dancing just as goofily, shedding her past pain and perhaps her past image of the sex-obsessed (language) party girl (language) who brushed her teeth with whiskey.
Isn’t that what the Gospel is—the freedom to let go of our past, broken, fallen selves and be completely redeemed and transformed through Christ? Though Kesha herself may not realize the True Source of freedom and redemption, we do. And like Paul used the altar to an unknown god to point the Athenians to Christ, Kesha’s “letting go” anthem can be utilized to point teens to the deepest meaning of freedom possible. Because it’s not enough to just let go; we must also have something better to cling to.
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