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Miranda Writes: Why Are You a Firework?




by Omar Miranda



“ ’Cause, baby, you’re a firework,” my daughter belted from the other room. I came around the corner just in time to see her rehearsing—in perfect sync with the song—a choreographed dance move that she was learning in her summer drama camp. I stood there, my mouth gaping.

“Come on, let your colors burst . . .”

I was stunned, not that my daughter was singing and dancing, but at what she was singing and dancing to. After picking up my mouth off the floor, I proceeded to sit down and listen to the rest of the lyrics . . . and man was I blown away! Not that my daughter memorized this song from beginning to end (I can still recite lyrics from Fat Boys rap songs I listened to in the mid-’80s); that’s not the point. The point was that she was buying into the lie that Satan had fed Adam and Eve in the garden: you can be like God; better still, you can be your own god.

Have you ever looked at some of the lyrics to the song “Firework”? Let me share some and discuss what’s wrong with them, what lies they’re selling, and then what the Bible has to say about it. First, though, let me share some information about the artist Katy Perry (aka Katy Hudson) that’s relevant to this discussion.

Katy was raised by Christian parents; she listened only to gospel music growing up, and she sang in her local church. As Katy Hudson, she released a gospel album in 2001, which was deemed unsuccessful. Fast-forward several years and, after signing with Capitol Music Group in 2007, she adopted the stage name Katy Perry.¹ After she changed her name—and her entire character (it seems) as well—she began releasing all kinds of disgusting and inappropriate music with all kinds of weird and godless messages.

The Christian magazine Clubhouse wrote this about her, and I agree: “Soon after that she [Katy Perry] rebelled in a big way and has made a career out of racy songs and shocking behavior. . . . A line on her CD One of the Boys asks, ‘Have you ever been so lost/known the way and still so lost?’ She knows the way. Her parents taught it to her, and she sang about it on her Christian CD.”²
Where is the remedy found?

Now to the lyrics from the song my daughter was singing, “Firework,” which demonstrate the kind of lies that Satan is trying to feed children and teens:
“Do you ever feel like a plastic bag, drifting through the wind, wanting to start again? Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin like a house of cards, one blow from caving in? Do you ever feel already buried deep? Six feet under screams, but no one seems to hear a thing. Do you know that there’s still a chance for you ’cause there’s a spark in you? You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine. . . . You’re original, cannot be replaced. . . . Maybe your reason why all the doors are closed so you could open one that leads you to the perfect road. Like a lightning bolt, your heart will glow. And when it’s time, you’ll know. . . . It’s always been inside of you, and now it’s time to let it through.”

From all appearances, Katy is no longer a Christian. That’s why she’s speaking about all the kinds of “good” stuff that’s just naturally inside of us and how we can dream and succeed and overcome—all by ourselves—even when we feel that natural and predictable overwhelming sadness, hopelessness, and depression that comes from living a sinful human existence. Where do you think we can get the remedy for the sadness and despair that each of us knows? Where is all this “good stuff” coming from?

Well, the devil wants you and her to think that it’s all inside of us. Don’t miss the worldview that’s being presented here: We don’t need God to be good or to achieve anything extraordinary; all that we need to succeed is found inside of us and, somehow, all we have to do is look deep inside and we will find goodness, even greatness.

The Bible, of course, tells us something different. It tells us that we’re all, by nature, sinful and evil and selfish, that the right and fair response to our sin is death, and that the further we get from God the worse off we’ll become (Romans 1; 3:23; and 6:23). Jesus tells us that, without God, we can do nothing (John 15). The Bible also tells us that God alone can change us in powerful ways (Philippians 4:13), but only through the power of the Holy Spirit, given to us when we accept Jesus—as opposed to any supposed goodness inherent inside us.
So the next time you catch yourself humming, tapping your feet, and singing along to the words of this song, remember that you, indeed, are a firework. But not because of anything that you’ve done or anything that you naturally are; you’re a firework because of who God is and what He’s done for you. In Him, you’re a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)! So be a firework and let your light shine for the whole world to see. And don’t let it shine for you, but let it shine for God (Matthew 5:14; Philippians 2:14, 15).

Until next time, remember God’s way is always the best way. Life is full of decisions, so make yours good ones. Make God first above all in your life and you can’t go wrong.

Feel free to contact me: you can e-mail me at omarmiranda@earthlink.net; or you can keep up with me on Facebook; or you can read more of my stuff on Miranda Writes at www.insightmagazine.org; or you can check me out or send me a message at my Web site, thriveatlife.org; or you can reach me via snail mail (slow!) at the address printed below.

In Christ,
Omar Miranda, certified Christian counselor
Abundant Life Ministries
155 Earl Street
Plainville, GA 30733
Phone: 1-770-354-2912

1Biographical information gathered from www.jango.com/music/Katy+Perry?.I=O.
2Clubhouse, March 2011, p. 10

Omar Miranda is a Christian counselor with 20 years’ experience working with youth in public and private middle and high schools. He’s married and has two kids. He enjoys teaching the youth at his church, reading, writing, gardening, and camping. He’s a recovering knucklehead who spent a lot of time in the past doing stupid stuff away from God. He’s been back with God for years now and is eager to share what he’s learned from his experiences by answering any questions you may have about life, the Christian life, Jesus, spiritual matters, and relationships in his column, Miranda Writes. 





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