'Tortured poet' needs the God she mocks

'Tortured poet' needs the God she mocks

'Tortured poet' needs the God she mocks

Taylor Swift's most recent album is raking in money – and criticism – from members of the faith community.


Last month, just before the album's release, Forbes officially added the influential music icon to its billionaire's list, with her net worth reported at $1.1 billion.

But "The Tortured Poets Department," which mocks God and suggests that Christians are hateful and judgmental, has been heavily criticized since its release. Some of the songs in question are "Guilty As Sin," "But Daddy I Love Him," and "I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can)," several of which include expletives.

McFarland, Alex (Christian apologist) McFarland

"It's very unfortunate that … she glorifies a relationship and sexual immortality and then really mocks Christianity, mocks the rolling away of the stone and the resurrection," Dr. Alex McFarland laments. "It's unfortunate that she just takes these cheap shots at Christianity, because if ever there were a time that young people needed to be influenced for morals and truth, it's now."

McFarland finds it interesting that Swift does not mock Islam, Buddhism, atheism, or anything else – only the God of Christianity. That, he says, "should be plenty reason enough for Christian parents to say, 'Nope, that's not what our kids are going to listen to.'"

"Though she may not realize it, her success and her voice have been given to her by God," the apologist adds. "I want to encourage Christians everywhere to pray for Taylor Swift to really have an encounter with Jesus Christ, because she could be such an incredible force for good."

McFarland points out that Swift, just like everyone else, needs the Lord.

"If she would find Jesus Christ, God could use her to change the world for good in immeasurable ways," he says.