It's been more than a week since its release, and the internet is still freaking out about Beyonce's new visual album. Here's your official Lemonade link round-up (consider it a round table discussion) to help you deconstruct the masterpiece/madness.
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Like most people, I'm discouraged by this election season. But it troubles me that people are choosing to opt out of voting. I'd like to encourage you to opt-in.
I don't know if that will mean voting for the lesser of two evils, voting for a third party candidate, or writing in a name, but I think exercising the right is important, lest we take it for granted.
Did you know that women in Saudi Arabia only gained the right to vote in 2015? Chew on that for a minute and tell me we aren't blessed.
The reaction to Lemonade has gotten me thinking a lot about worship. Humans are wired to worship. We see this in our celebrity-obsessed culture. We see this when 80,000 people get together to cheer on their football teams with fervor. We see this in politics, as people vigorously defend their candidate of choice - sometimes beyond all reason.
Our society worships a variety of things. Money, power, beauty, sex, and fame are among the most prominent themes of popular culture. But what's curious is that many of the people who have gained such things admit they are unfulfilled, and yet the masses pursue money and fame anyway.
Like a voice crying out in the wilderness, Sia describes the desolation of the good-time-girl party scene -- "Here comes the shame."
All of the celebrities who have overdosed or committed suicide have told us the same in their own way. Why don't we listen?
I'm glad these perspectives are being shared, because kids might not listen to their youth pastor telling them casual sex is a bad idea, but they might listen to Sia. Or maybe not. There are a lot of mixed messages out there, and these ideas are certainly not the ones being shouted the loudest.
I guess what is so ironic to me is how people are eager and willing to try living life the Beyonce way or the Kardashian way but are so opposed to trying life Jesus's way. He told us the road is narrow and few find it, so I shouldn't be surprised. But it still makes me scratch my head and tear up a little. People suffer so needlessly.
I grew up in a conventional church where we sang hymns, so it's taken me some time to get used to worship songs. However, "Love Goes On" is one of my current favorites.
The line I really love is "Ever our heart(s) will seek/ Jesus in everything." To me, this means that we will seek Jesus in every situation, and if we can't find Him, we will be Him. Where there is no love, we will bring love. Where there is no peace, we will bring peace. Where there is hurt, we will bring healing.
If this isn't the picture of Christianity that you've seen painted, then I apologize. We can be really poor representatives. I know I have screwed up plenty. But then sometimes we get it right, too.
While the rest of the world is worshipping small waists and large stacks of money, we will fix our eyes on Jesus. That's who I worship and serve - always imperfectly and usually impatiently - but that's who I choose as my shepherd. He's never led me astray and He never starts beef on Twitter........sounds all right to me!