A Taylor Swift Song and Deep Theology

Yesterday, I published this post on The Rising after a week of wrestling with these big mysteries of faith. Taylor Swift's song came on the radio for the thousandth time one day and things clicked for me in a new way. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on this!


You’ve heard it, it’s on every other radio station right now—haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate…players gonna play, play, play, play, play… It will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day now, sorry about that.

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The chorus is catchy, you have to give her that. Shake it off, shake it off. I didn’t want to like it at first, but now I dance around in my car when it comes on and find myself singing it in the shower. Strangely, it’s been a good reminder to me when things seem stressful and frustrating to just shake it off and let it go.

This week as this song has been buzzing around in my head, I’ve had several intense conversations diving into mysteries of the Bible that we as humans can never fully understand. They may seem simple on the surface and they might make for a great sermon topic on a Sunday morning, but they are challenging and complex in the craziest of ways.

Forgiveness. Justice. What does it look like to fully receive forgiveness and what does it look like to freely give it? What does it look like to act justly? When should we turn the other cheek and when should we fight for justice?

Continue reading on The Rising here.