Sometimes I get nostalgic for things- not too often though.
Lately, with new releases from Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Mariah Carey, I’ve listened to what was up with them and longed for their earlier years. What has happened? I think I know- the years of sinful attitudes and of people worshipping the ground they walk upon have taken their toll.
I remember watching the show “Good Times” back in the day when a young, innocent Janet Jackson played a sweet character named “Penny.”
And didn’t all us guys have a crush on Janet when she was Willis’ girlfriend in Diff’rent Strokes?
Fast forward 30 or so odd years, Janet’s nipple-pierced breast shocked the nation during a Superbowl halftime.
Fast forward another couple years and Janet releases her new album, “Discipline.” On the album cover, she’s decked out in S&M array, to titilate and shock I suppose.
Before the first single “Feedback” was released, she released a little-known single, “Lesbian” where she says “Pussy” over and over (in the remix I heard, anyway). Why?
Crowned as the artist with the most number one singles, Mariah is at the top of the (steaming) heap. I think her first #1 was the lovely, squeaky-clean “Vision of Love“.
The single’s name that put her over the King, Elvis? “Touch My Body.”
I unfortunately caught a couple seconds of the video for that song- I believe she was writhing in bed near a nerdy-looking white guy. Looked like she was struggling to breathe under the weight of her fake bosoms.
Though Madonna’s earliest material had much to be desired in terms of morality and Godliness, one couldn’t deny the tunefulness. The 80′s were a period of great musical output from Madonna.
Fast forward 25-30 years, she’s putting out mass produced drivel in the cookie-cutter mold of Justin Timberlake and Timbaland. Is anyone else getting tired of this formula?
Here’s some brilliant lyrics from her new single, “4 Minutes” (lyrics found at
If you want it
Ya already got it
If you thought it
It better be what you want
If you feel it
It must be real just
Say the word and
I’ma give you what you want
And the scary, condemning lyrics:
The road to hell is paved with good intentions
But if I die tonight at least I can say I did what I wanted to do
Tell me how ’bout you?
All these ladies have “done what they wanted to do.” And in the end (unless they repent and turn to Christ), they will have received their rewards in this life, only to suffer eternal punishment in the next.
In the Bible, Jesus tells a haunting parable:
“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
“The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
“But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
“He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
“Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
”‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
“He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” (Luke 16-31)(NIV)
Don’t let what happened to the rich man happen to you. Just because you’re comfortable, possibly rich, doesn’t mean that it’s time to relax. Examine yourself- are you right with God?
Jesus offers himself for those who desire relief from their life of sin:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”