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Taylor Swift and Her Big VMA Reveal

By: Bethany Baird

This past Sunday night the highly anticipated VMAs took place in sunny California. Screaming fans stood on the sidelines of the red carpet hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite celebrity. For those who couldn’t make it to California they were able to live stream the event from the comfort of their own home.

Taylor Swift’s fans were waiting on pins and needles for her arrival to the red carpet. Fans could hardly make it through the night as they waited for her highly anticipated first ever big reveal of her live performance to the pop song Shake it off.

Taylor decided to reveal a little more than her new song at the show by strutting up the red carpet in not a dress but a bathing suit…Okay, I guess it wasn’t technically a bathing suit but what’s the difference?

I admit it would be a little stiff for swimming.

Anyways, I am so not a “Swifty” groupie or as I’ve seen all over the internet a “queen” fanatic. I don’t listen to her music and I don’t keep up with her on any social media. To clarify even further I didn’t watch the VMAs or see her performance.

I’m guessing you’re wondering then how in the world I know anything about the blue leotard she wore. Here’s what happened, I logged into my Instagram account the night the VMAs took place. I had no idea it was the VMAs but quickly found out through the pictures and comments and likes that were flooding my Instagram “following” section.

Girls were debating over her outfit and whether it was too much leg.

One girl said, “It’s no different than a bathing suit.” Another said “I don’t even think it’s that cute.” Most said “She rocks the blue outfit” or “Absolutely amazing!!” and on and on.

After reading the lyrics to her latest song and seeing the outfit selection she chose for the VMAs, I’m challenging Christian girls to rethink their love and admiration for Taylor.

Here are 4 reasons you should rethink following, admiring, or listening to Taylor Swift:

1. She is a superstar but is she a good role model?

Taylor Swift rose to stardom when she released “Our Song” back in 2006.  She has been a huge hit ever since. As a Christian you shouldn’t blindly follow the crowd and accept whoever is in the spotlight. Yes, Taylor Swift is insanely famous, but is she really a good role model? Is she someone that you as a young lady should look up to and follow? Seriously ask yourself this question, is she a good role model? Why or why not?

2. What worldview is she singing?

Music preaches a strong message. Taylor Swift is singing from her own personal worldview and set of beliefs. You need to ask yourself what Taylor Swift is promoting in her music? I haven’t listened to a ton of her music but from what I have heard, it doesn’t seem very Christ-centered, pure or holy.

As a Christian it’s important that you evaluate everything (even music) from a Biblical perspective. Philippians 4:8 reminds us that we are only to think about things are “true, honorable, pure, lovely, right and commendable.” Would you say that the lyrics in Taylor’s music passes the Philippians 4:8 test?

3. What message do her clothes send?

Honesty time! When I’ve browsed celebrities’ outfits and clothes in the past, I get totally confused in my brain. I start thinking, “I need to be skinnier. The girls who show more get the attention. My hair needs help. I need better makeup. I need a tan.” My thoughts literally go on a downward spiral when I look at that stuff. I’m almost positive it happens to you too.

When you look at Taylor’s clothes, what lies are you believing? In my opinion, her clothes don’t reflect purity or holiness. They don’t reflect a heart that is pointing others to Christ but rather to herself. I’m not trying to be judgmental here, I just want you as a Christian girl to rethink her “role model” status. Don’t believe the lie that you are only as good as your body looks. Keep in mind Proverbs 31:30 “Beauty is fleeting…”

4. What does she teach you about guys?

Look for the guy with the good lookin’ hair…Burn your old boyfriends’ pictures…Sneak out late with your boyfriend…Let your boyfriend turn you into a rebel…Love your boyfriend and then hate him.

I could go on but I won’t. The way she sings and talks about guys leaves me feeling pretty depressed. I have to wonder what kind of guys she is dating. From the songs it seems that her idea of a great relationship is pretty superficial. Good looks, emotional highs and physical pleasure is what seems to be an ideal relationship in her mind.

What about true love, sacrifice, service, commitment and all of the hard truths the Bible talks about. Isn’t that what truly will make a relationship work?

Let’s wrap it up.

It’s time for you to reconsider whether following after the superstar, Taylor Swift, is a good idea. Let me leave you with this extremely challenging thought:

“Does the music you listen to lead you to love the savior more or cause your affections for Christ to diminish? Does your music lead you to value an eternal perspective or influence you to adopt the mindset of this ‘present evil age’?

Answering these questions honestly is an important step toward making wise decisions about the music you listen to and a life worthy of the gospel.” -Bob Kauflin

What are your thoughts on Taylor Swift? Would you say she is a good role model? Would you say that her lyrics are God-honoring?

I would love to hear your thoughts! Leave your comments below.

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Taylor Swift and Her Big VMA Reveal

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  • Silvia Venturini

    I used to love her! I thought she was quite different from the other celebrities.. well, that was years ago. With time I believe shes acting more like the others.. not much of a fan anymore. Whats ur instagram? 🙂 Have a great day, hugs from brasil!

    • @silviaventurini:disqus So glad you are reading all the way from Brasil. You can find me on Instagram under “bethanybaird” that’s my exact username 🙂

  • Susanna

    Thank you for posting this. I have never liked Taylor Swift’s songs, but sometimes her songs are catchy and I accidentally start singing along. Thank you for pointing out who she really is and the influence she has over teenage girls.

    • Susanna, Thanks for taking the time to read! Love hearing your thoughts 🙂

      • Susanna

        You’re welcome! 🙂

  • Vasti Oliva

    I used to love some of her songs in the very beginning until I realized what she was actually saying in them. I completely agree with this blog.

    • Vasti, So glad you found this helpful 🙂

  • LauraBell

    Great article! Her life really mimics her music… I have never heard one song personally, BUT I’ve seen all the jokes the secular world pokes at her about her dating habits. Even “they” know when enough is enough, or when there is some unhealthily habits….. Funny how we or Christian girls can deliberately look away and pretend that behavior doesn’t exsist, so we can still have that music our flesh so desperately desires. If any one person or Christian lady took an HONEST biblical evaluation of her music, the words, the videos, etc…. You HAVE to admit, it doesn’t point you to Christ. And for those who say, don’t be so mean, your judging her…. NO the secular world actually puts her down and judges her, I’m just examining the product and the fruit it produces, and concluding….. STAY AWAY 🙂

    • LauraBell, Really great insight! As Christians we have a completely different standard we are called to live by. It’s important that we run everything, including music and movies, through God’s list. I sincerely hope that Taylor Swift will one day find the peace and satisfaction that can only come from Christ. 🙂 -Bethany

  • Celtic Princess

    I think it’s kind of sad to see her going down the spiral that lots of other formerly ‘clean’ singers went down… Remembering back to when Miley Cyrus was sweet ‘Hannah Montana’ and before that when Brittany Spears used to be on the Disney channel… you can even see it in rising stars like Tiffany Alvord… I haven’t listened to any of their music intentionally, but when different news feeds/grocery store mags come up with pictures of them, or when their songs are played at our local pool, you can see and hear the pattern repeating itself…

    • @lorlipradia:disqus Great insight! It’s just a reminder that without Jesus on the throne life just won’t work. He has to be the reason and purpose for all that we do. As Christians we should keep that in mind to avoid going down the same road. It’s only by the grace of God that have hope, peace and a future with Him in eternity. -Bethany

  • Jacey Faith

    My thoughts on Taylor Swift are very simple. All of her songs are about love and stupid subjects that have nothing to do with Christ in any way. Thanks for sharing this. I know a tone of girls that are caught up in her music. I hope I can share this with them soon:)

    • Jacey Faith, Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • MeTimesThree

    I found your website recently (Todd Friel actually mentioned your ‘selfie’ article several weeks back on Wretched Radio). I share many of your articles with my 15 year old daughter as a way to get deeper into conversations about our current culture and what the bible says.
    Regarding Taylor Swift…. I think back a year ago with one of the country music award shows which came off of the heels of the VMAs and the much talked about nasty performance that Miley Cyrus gave with Robin Thicke. Taylor received a very special award and was praised during the presentation by her country music peers for not going ‘Miley’ and staying classy. Kind of ironic now and sad…..

    • MeTimesThree, I am so glad that you found our website. We really appreciate you taking the time to read our posts. I agree that it is sad to see famous singers/movie stars going on a downward spiral:/ I sincerely hope that Taylor Swift (and celebrities like her) comes to know Jesus as her personal Savior. But in the mean time we must stay on guard 🙂 -Bethany

  • Katie

    I am impressed that, but the grace of God, you boldly took a stand on this. This is one of those posts with great potential for nasty comments. Taylor was not the only one that was dressed like that, or even as BADLY though 🙁 Why just bring her up? Is it because she is more famous amongst teens and young people?

    • Katie, thanks so much for joining in the discussion. I had no thoughts of writing about Taylor Swift until I saw my Instagram overflow with girls “liking” and “commenting” on her pics from the VMAs. I decided to do a little research into her outfit and performance. I only researched her specifically because she seemed to be the most popular amongst the Christian girls. I agree that some of the other artists probably dressed worse and I’m sure did some bad performances. Again, the reason I singled out Taylor swift is because of what I saw happening amongst Christian girls. I hope that answers your questions 🙂 -Bethany

  • Kristina Stutzman

    You put into words how I’ve always felt about Taylor. I never enjoyed listening to her music, it wasn’t inspiring to me. I could never pin-point exactly why, now I know. Thank you!

  • V.F.C.

    So glad you pointed this out! I’ve always been disgusted at how many of my Christian friends just love her and her music! It’s shocking how blind they are to it all!

  • this is so true!! i am convicted to this one, before i was so updated with worldly music that i couldn’t get it over but as i truly accept Jesus as my personal savoir and as by serving Him.. the Holy Spirit move my heart and started to stop listening to it and be loved by Christian musics only..
    I just realized that it is so much more different! listening to worldly music doesn’t benefit my soul but whenever i listen to Christian song it gives me encouraging and also convicting words that you always sing, like what you call LSS- last song syndrome..
    Now whenever i hear worldly songs i kind’a feel boring and now I am updated to Christian music industry as well as listening to KLove or Air1..
    thanks much for this!! ^_^

  • Alchemist

    Taylor Swift is an awesome role model. She perfectly illustrates why dating in high school is a stupid idea at best. And how not to date. And why we’re not supposed to just give our hearts away to any boy for the asking. I’ve actually drafted Sunday school lessons for pre-teens in my head based on some of her lyrics. I listen to her music sometimes. It’s catchy and fun and I’m really not tempted to embrace that lifestyle in any way. I didn’t really listen to her newest album much. Blank Space just breaks my heart. What has that poor girl been through to make her write a song like that?

    • Coral Lee Anderson

      It is also very important not to just look at her(or many other artists) and think that she is only putting out songs about love etc…if you study Blank Space -her performances at the awards or her newest song Style..there is a hidden agenda behind the music industry that is quite sinister. I know that when I bring up the subject with a lot of my Christian friends they become very irate and put down any idea that the music industry uses its artists to push a satanic message out to the masses-especially the impressionable youth. Our children and parents need to ask themselves why artists from completely different music genres seem to have the same symbols and messages in their videos, photoshoots at their concerts on their clothing line. I know its a buzzkill to even think about when you enjoy a song but we owe it to our Heavenly Father to at least consider the possibility that evil lurks in the most innocent seeming places. This is not a rant to yell at anyone on this page I have love and respect for all of you!

  • Dolly

    I love GirlDefined and the authors! I really do.

    However, there is a pretty weak point going on here. Basically they are saying that Taylor Swift is a bad role model for girls. She is not even a Christian artist! She is not out to please everyone. She is a secular artist. Sure, I don’t agree with her personal lifestyle, but that can’t mean that I’m going to start doing everything she is!

    • Shanae Butterworth

      She started out with a good wholesome girl prosonia. She then like miley cyrus through that out the window, though not yet fully to the same extent. Girls who followed her before might continue to follow her now. Many Christian girls (my sister included) are making poor choices because they identified with her original prosonia.

  • Kaela Schultz

    I am sooooooooo not a Taylor Swift fan!!!

  • Gracie

    She isn’t a good role model. I have Christian artists as role models, but even some of them don’t choose the most modest clothes. (nothing that bad though…) It stinks that some Christians are marketed to look like the world when their lyrics say differently.

    Well, I think its alright to have a role model, as long as they stay an inspiration, and not become an idol 🙂


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