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What Christian Girls and Katy Perry Have in Common

By: Bethany Beal

This past year my younger sister, Ellissa was a part of a mentoring program at our local public school. She had the privilege of mentoring three little girls that were as sweet and cute as can be.

On one of her mentoring days, Ellissa walked through the lunch line and found a spot outside where she and the girls could eat. As they found a spot and began to sit down, the girls excitedly told Ellissa that they wanted to perform a song and dance for her.

Within seconds the girls were up and doing their thing.

These little girls broke out into the full word-for-word hit song “Roar” by Katy Perry. These girls had the dance moves down to perfection and sang their little hearts out.

They were copying their superstar role model and doing their best to Roar. 

Although this story may sound a little harmless to you, it opened my eyes to an interesting illustration.

Girls follow the loudest “Roar” in their life. 

We as girls are all part of a pride of lions. *Okay, maybe not a literal pride, but, follow along.* We have each chosen a pride of lions and are following the king of that pride.

We travel with our pride, listen to our leader, and go where the king of the pride tells us to go. That “pride” becomes our life and ultimately determines our future.

Far too often we as Christian girls follow the loudest “roar” in our lives. Whatever or whoever is getting the biggest chunk of our time usually becomes the king of our “pride.”

Sadly, the loudest roar in our life is typically not Jesus Christ and His Word.

Usually, the loudest roar is a Hollywood pop star, secular role model, best friend, boyfriend, online friend(s), music, books, magazines, movies, your own self or dozens of other things.

Katy Perry sings loud and clear about the king of her pride and it’s very obvious that she has chosen her very own self as the king.

According to her song According to her song Roar, she has decided that she’s been knocked down one too many times and it’s time for her to be the champion of her life and “roar” the loudest. She’s going to follow her own dreams, passions, desires, and feelings.

She finishes off her song by saying: 

“You’re gonna hear me roar… Ro-oar, ro-oar, ro-oar, ro-oar, ro-oar.”

Each and every one of us is like Katy Perry in this one area. We each have a king leading your pride.

The question: who is the king of your pride?

Stop and think about that question with me. Who is the king of your pride? Who has the greatest influence in your life?

If your answer to that question is anything other than, “Jesus Christ,” you are in serious trouble.

You’ve got the wrong king and are in the wrong pride of lions.

I hate the fact that the little eight-year-old girls I mentioned above are filling their minds with Katy Perry’s songs and memorizing her every dance move. They love her, want to be like her, and are excitedly following her loud roar.

Sadly, Katy Perry’s “pride” Isn’t encouraging young women towards the true King. Her songs encourage women to be the king, or queen, of their lives. They encourage us to try harder, be better, get stronger, and be the ruler of our lives.

I hope by the grace of God my sister, Ellissa will be able to point those sweet little girls to the true King.

He really is the only hope for any girl.

I may not know you personally, but, I sincerely desire for each and every one of you to have the hope, purpose, and fulfillment that can only come when Jesus is the King of your life. Not just the King of your life, as in, “yes I’m saved and am a Christian”, but the King of your everyday decisions and the determining factor of your future.

It’s been a long time coming, but I can confidently say that Jesus truly is the King of my pride. He is the reason I live and He gives me my day-to-day purpose. I love Him, trust Him and am positive that if I stick with Him, I will live for things that matter.

My life as a girl won’t be wasted and I will learn to “roar” for truth from the true King of Kings.

I want you to have that purpose, fulfillment, and security that can only come when God is the King of your life.

Let’s talk about it… 

Are you willing to make God and His Word a priority in your life? Are you willing to make Him the biggest influencer in your life?

If you are honest with yourself, who is the current King of your life? If the current king remains, where will your life be in five years?

Do you have an influence in your life that you know needs to go? Will you get rid of it or make drastic changes to put it in its proper place?

If you are looking for some additional encouragement and inspiration on this topic, check out these this awesome song by, Francesca Battistelli.

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11 Responses to What Christian Girls and Katy Perry Have in Common

  1. Lucy says:

    I don’t think that the song gives a bad message, it empowers women not to rely on role models, not to be controlled by their friends, boyfriends, religion, trends, totalitary governments and leaders etc.
    God exists indeed and helps us on our journey, but is not sexist and lets us be kings (not queens) of our lives.

    • Hannah B says:

      God needs to be the only King of our lives, to be our own queens (to be queens would be disregarding God’s role for man and woman) is sinful, it is pride which we all have heard the verse from proverbs : pride comes before destruction (I am paraphrasing here) And Lucy please know I mean this with grace, and not in a judgmental way. Grace and Peace,

  2. Shanae B says:

    It’s so sad when little girls can sing word for word song lyrics and intierly imatate every dance move especially the provocative ones. A friend had a similar situation a couple of years ago only it was a five year old singing ‘womanizer’ by Brittany Spears. They feel it’s harmless when they’re little, then they think no differently as adults. Then they question why some see them as objects instead of people, regardless of other factors that lead to that. These girls are inticed at very young ages and well, train up a child… … and they’ll never depart from it.

  3. Shell says:

    Love the article. Love your website, actually. Thank you for writing this. Hopefully girls will see that their identity is in Christ, not in themselves.

  4. Lion of God says:

    I was happy when I first found defined girl because you two stood for truth. You both stood for God’s Word and preached against homosexuals. But now I am so disappointed to see that you would even think of doing a post about relating Christians to katy perry. She is ungodly and sang a song about being a homosexual and for you to talk about her is disgusting even if you were trying to prove some point. You could have done so without talking about her. Well off to find another blog.

    P.S. Jesus is not God. He is God’s Son. God is One LORD, not a three in one truine god.

    If Jesus is God Almighty in the flesh, who was Jesus praying to when he did pray? (Matthew 27:46)

    Who resurrected him? Is Jesus standing at his own right hand? (Acts 7:55)

    And if he is God Almighty wouldn’t he know the time and the hour of his own return? (Mark 13:32)

    He cannot do a thing of his own will. (John 5:30)

    And who is his Father? Who is his God? (John 20:17) Surely not himself, Jesus said he accepts no glory from men. (John 5:41-42)

    The trinity is false.

    It is so sad that people don’t know who Yeshua (Jesus) really is.

    • kayla cc says:

      Hey Lion of God,
      I think of Christ as the earthly extension of God; the human form of the Him. Jesus came to this earth to show people what it means to be a human (it means serving the God and others, imitating Him with your love, striving for holiness).

      Also, you said that you loved Girl Defined because Kristen and Bethany “stood for God’s Word and preached against homosexuals.” I have been reading Girl Defined for the last three or four years and it has been such a huge blessing in my life because, yes, these women do stand up for Truth. Girl Defined is a blog that encourages girls to be wary of the lies that the world feeds us. Girl Defined is not, as you suggested, a platform used to criticize and hate on homosexuals.

    • Bea says:

      Jesus IS God!
      Is it so impossible for God to be in two places at once? God can do all things! ALL things. Just remember that.

      In the gospel of John 1: 1-14 it says that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word WAS God.”
      The other verses testify that God came down from heaven manifested in the form of a man.
      But in verse 14 it says ” and the Word was made FLESH and DWELT AMONG US”
      John knew that Jesus is God, but no one understood him.
      Christ HIMSELF said “I and my Father are ONE” ( John 10:30)
      And he also said “…but now they have both SEEN and hated both me and my Father.”
      How can you deny it if it’s right there in the Scriptures themselves? Just take it IN context . If he’s not God, but just a man, then why do you pray in His name? Just a “man” can’t hear prayers of everyone in the world. Only God can. So if Hes not God, then don’t pray in his name, because that’s breaking the first commandment “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” and if you break one, you’ve broken them all.
      The trinity is not false. It’s Biblical!
      I know who Yeshua is, He. IS. God.
      If anyone agrees then please let me know!

    • Brittania says:

      If He accepts no glory from men then why did he allow the women to worship Him at His feet? I think He was modeling what we are to do…

  5. Nola says:

    Omg lion of god,
    1. You are missing the point of this point
    2, if u were attracted to the same gender, u wouldn’t be so quick to judge.

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