Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Great Controversy of "Brave"

First of all, let me slightly retract my support of Sara Bareilles' "Brave."

This is basically an extended version of the note in my last post, because I felt like I need to clarify something.

Second, after listening to the commentary version of "Brave," let me first say that I definitely do not support Bareilles' interpretation of her song.  She speaks of "being who you are," which is wrong, seeing we're sinful (see, and "Brave" is about an issue that is controversial and, in God's eyes, definitely not right.  I won't state it, because this blog is not meant to be a hotpot, but I do not agree with Bareilles' message in "Brave."

However, before I listened to the commentary, I interpreted it my way:

Being brave means standing up for what's right, for who you are in Christ...not standing up for who you are in your sinful passions.

That is the message I think should be applied to "Brave."  And I might not enjoy the song as much, hearing Sara Bareilles' true meaning behind it (in fact, I might just stop listening to it--not because I'm stringent and won't listen to anything that goes against what I believe, but because I'd feel very, very uncomfortable).  But the song shouldn't tell me what to think and, seeing as it doesn't specify the story behind it, I will keep on standing up for what's right, regardless of what the world thinks or states.

  • Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

    (1 John 2:15-17 ESV)

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