Have you heard the songs on Justin Bieber's new holiday album? Should your teens be listening to it?
My latest essay at Patheos responds to the many criticisms being aimed at Justin Bieber's latest album which offers up a typical mix of the secular and the sacred that defines many Christmas albums. But is he sending a mixed message to teens when he conflates romantic lyrics with biblical references to the nativity story:
The miracle of Christ's birth hardly seems to be an apt metaphor for Justin's receiving a Christmas kiss, but perhaps we should cut this young guy some slack. Particularly since his version of "Drummer Boy" offers a pretty catchy updating of a Christmas classic. Critics are suggesting that the bridge of the song in which Justin raps along with Busta Rhymes amounts to a bastardization of the true meaning of the carol. I'm not so sure.
You can read the rest of the essay and share your thoughts here.