It has been the summer of women.
Please don’t freak — this is not the coy beginning to some left-wing feminist rant.
It’s actually not a commentary on feminism at all…shockingly. Although, it’s only my second “real” week back blogging, so just give me another couple days, and I’m sure I will have something to say on that front….just give it time 😉
But it seems like this summer has been the summer of Swifties and Barbies. Taylor Swift recently sold out two nights at the Bengals Stadium in Cincinnati last month.
It was an absolute teenybop madhouse. Downtown Cincinnati was completely overtaken with groups of young ladies and girls, all dressed in Taylor Swift costumes. That’s the thing about this tour: the attendees all dress like one of Taylor’s multiple albums. So it’s one big costume party. And for as chaotic as the city became, it was great to see all the fun being had.
That being said…don’t get me started about the satanic imagery in her concert…that will be another post…
And then of course, Barbie has been making waves with a staggering $781 million in global box office sales.
Everyone and their brother has been posting America Ferrera’s monologue in the movie about womanhood…
“You have to answer for men’s bad behavior, which is insane, but if you point that out, you’re accused of complaining. You’re supposed to stay pretty for men, but not so pretty that you tempt them too much or that you threaten other women because you’re supposed to be a part of the sisterhood...But always stand out and always be grateful. But never forget that the system is rigged…And it turns out in fact that not only are you doing everything wrong, but also everything is your fault.” (Insert eye roll emoji here)
And again…this post is not about that either…though, again. Give it time. I need to see the movie, and then I will have some blog-worthy commentary.
All that to say, everyone is either donning hot pink, or wearing a Swifties friendship bracelet this summer.
And as I’ve been sitting here, watching all of this girl-power madness unfold in front of me, it has never been more clear to me how desperately the culture is longing to belong. They’re longing for something good to rally around. They’re yearning for a champion. A cause. Something to stand for. This is indicative of the goodness of society, truthfully.
But this yearning to belong — to identify with something so much that they’ll go as far as dressing like their idol — it is misplaced adoration. And frankly, it’s idolatry, disguised in bubble gum pink or catchy pop beats.
But what their hearts are actually yearning for, is the peace that comes that knowing you belong to Jesus.
Swifties do this beautiful thing where they make friendship bracelets, and then at the concerts, they exchange them with other fans they meet. It’s a beautiful act of community and one-ness.
The first time I witnessed these bracelet exchanges when the Swifties were in Cincinnati, the first thing I thought of was how, during the days of the early church when Christians were being persecuted, Christ-followers would draw half of a fish in the sand in front of someone, and if that person also followed Christ, they would draw the other half, not only completing the fish, but also signifying that they were on the same team, and safe. It was their secret language, or code word if you will.
What would happen if all that energy and enthusiasm and feeling of belonging went into the brother-and-sisterhood of Christ?
People are yearing for something bigger than themselves — even if it is a fandom, or a Barbie propaganda movement. People are lost and searching for something to stand for. Something to unite them with others.
Frankly, it shows that there is a huge “gap in the market” for Christ.
But just imagine a world where people got that excited for church. Where, instead of worshipping Taylor or Barbie, we sold out the Bengals stadium to collectively come together to worship Christ? Just imagine.
And given the response to these two female powerhouses this summer, the world is ready for it.
But are they ready for what else comes with following Christ: picking up your cross, abandoning worldly desires, changing the way you live to adopt His commands.
I’ll leave that one in the Holy Spirit’s court.
But anyways…that’s just my thoughts for tonight.
What do you think? Have you seen the Barbie movie? Did you see Taylor Swift this summer? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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