Generally speaking, I am not impressed with the work of Katy Perry. Much of her music puts sin on a pedestal like lots of other popular music. “I Kissed a Girl” promotes the homosexual/bisexual agenda; “Teenage Dream” encourages premarital sex and promiscuity in general. Those two may be the worst of her music that has been released for radio airplay. I can’t say much about the other music on her albums because I haven’t heard much of it. However, there’s an old saying: “Even a broken clock is right twice a day.” Consider the following lyrics from Katy Perry’s recent hit “Unconditionally.”
I will love you unconditionally / There is no fear now / Let go and just be free / I will love you unconditionally / Come just as you are to me / Don’t need apologies / Know that you are unworthy / I’ll take your bad days with your good / Walk through this storm I would / I’d do it all because I love you
The song, of course, speaks of love between a man and a woman, but it is hauntingly reflective of the love of God toward us–a love that knew no bounds, that did not stop because of any man’s sinful, pathetic behavior; a love that caused Jesus to submit to the mob, to keep silence before His accusers, to endure the whip, to ignore the blood and saliva streaming down His face, to stay on the cross despite the insults being hurled at Him, to reject the mocking invitations to save Himself, to take on the weight of the combined sin of billions of people, to willingly yield up His sinless spirit to God above.
The world is searching for meaning. It is all over the music of our culture, even in some of the most crass songs you hear. It knows what real love looks like, and this Katy Perry song is an unwitting compliment to the God who is the personification of unconditional, agape love. People all over the world are listening to that song and being inspired to exhibit unconditional love in their own relationships. If we could only make them see where that love came from in the first place, and then convince them to obey the gospel!
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13)
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)