May 27, 2024

One of the nations leading evangelists is warning Christian parents that Taylor Swifts newest album contains lyrics that seemingly oppose the faith. Shane Pruitt, the author of Calling Out the Called and an evangelist who tours with the annual Winter Jam concert, sparked an online debate Monday with comments on his Facebook page that led to more than 500 comments and 3,000 likes. ChurchLeaders.com first drew attention to Pruitts comments.

Swift released The Tortured Poets Department on April 19.Im definitely not the minister or parent that has the no secular music stance, Pruitt wrote. Also, I fully realize unbelievers are going to act like unbelievers. HOWEVER, there is a difference between being secular and being ANTI-CHRISTIAN.

Pruitt then posted samples of Swifts lyrics.

In But Daddy I Love Him, Swift sings, But daddy I love him / I just learned these people only raise you / To cage you / Sarahs and Hannahs in their Sunday best / Clutchin’ their pearls, sighing, What a mess / I just learned these people try and save you Cause they hate you.

Later in the same song, she sings, God save the most judgmental creeps / Who say they want what’s best for me / Sanctimoniously performing soliloquies I’ll never see / Thinkin’ it can change the beat / Of my heart when he touches me / And counteract the chemistry / And undo the destiny / You ain’t gotta pray for me / Me and my wild boy and all of this wild joy / If all you want is gray for me / Then it’s just white noise, and it’s just my choice.

In Guilty As Sin, Swift sings, What if I roll the stone away? / They’re gonna crucify me anyway / What if the way you hold me is actually what’s holy.

Pruitt wrote, In transparency I used to listen to Taylor, HOWEVER I think now its time to reconsider.

As Christians, who are filled with the Spirit should we be entertained by, sing with, and expose our kids to lyrics that arent just different than what you believe, but are actually mocking what you believe? Pruitt asked.

Even before Pruitts post, the double album had been the source of debate for its inclusion of coarse language. Eleven of the 31 songs contain an E descriptor for explicit. Several songs include f-bombs.

MovieGuide, a family-centric entertainment website, also criticized the album, saying it mocks Christianity.

The album is full of minor quips that elevate Swift above God while also featuring two songs devoted to tearing down the Christian sexual ethic, MovieGuide wrote in a review.

MovieGuide cited the lyrics in another song, I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can): They shake their heads sayin, God help her, / When I tell em hes my man/ but your good Lord doesnt lift a finger / I can fix him, no, really, I can. And only I can.

The fact that one of the most popular and famous celebrities of her generation cannot find happiness reveals that living in the world leads to death while living for Christ and under his teachings leads to life, MovieGuide wrote. Unfortunately, Swift has chosen the path toward death and is reaping the fruits of her labor.

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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.