What Bruno Mars is Teaching Teens

Bruno-Mars-HD-WallpaperMusic is powerful. Music has a way of shaping peoples believes, identity, and behavior. This is especially true of teenagers who are striving to find out how they fit into the world around them. Many teenagers turn to music to find out what they should believe, who they are, and how they should act. This is why it’s so important for parents to be aware of what music their teenager is listening to.

One of the most popular artist right now is Bruno Mars. Bruno Mars has been around for sometime, but recently is putting out some big hits. This past weekend he performed at the Super Bowl where he sang a few of his hits. As I have listened to Bruno Mars on the radio and even went back and watched his halftime performance I am reminded of a powerful theme he is teaching teenagers through one of his songs.

Sex is the ultimate human achievement. In his song Locked Out of Heaven, Bruno Mars sings, “Cause your sex takes me to paradise. Yeah, your sex takes me to paradise. And it shows, yeah, yeah, yeah. ‘Cause you make me feel like I’ve been locked out of heaven. For too long, for too long .Yeah, you make me feel like I’ve been locked out of heaven. For too long, for too long.” Sexual themes is not new in music and tends to be the focus on a lot of popular songs. In this song, Bruno Mars makes it seem like sex is the ultimate goal. That having sex with that special someone will be the only way to find true satisfaction. That is why so many teenagers so quickly give up their purity because they believe true happiness will come with having sex with that someone they “love.” God created sex and it’s not a bad or ugly thing. In fact, it’s a very beautiful thing God gave us as a gift. However, God did create sex to happen only within marriage between a man and a women. When sex is taken out of that context it gets messed up and it no longer brings joy as God intended. In fact, sex outside of marriage usually brings shame, guilt, and heartache. This is my fear with teenagers listening to this song and letting it shape their behavior. Sex is not the ultimate achievement. It was never intended to be. We were created to find satisfaction in God, our Creator, not sex.

Teenagers our living in a highly sexualized culture. Sex is viewed as something we can enjoy however we want and when we want. Teenagers need to have a right view of sex, but they will not get that from the culture. Parents, how are you teaching your teenagers about sex and making sure they are viewing it the way God intends?


Published by Austin McCann

Austin is the student ministries director at Redemption Chapel in Stow, OH. He has a BA from Piedmont International University and a Master of Arts in Religion with a Christian leadership focus from Liberty University School of Divinity. Austin enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his family.

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  1. He also wrote song about being a friend and some one to be counted on in “Count On Me”. He encourages women to accept and not try to change themselves in “Girl You’re Amazing Just the Way You Are”. In “Treasure” he implies that the girl he is singing to is valuable and some thing to be treasured. There are not enough songs like this on the radio. Bruno’s music expresses appreciation for women unlike most music out there which expresses entitlement to a female’s umm “goodies” for lack of better term. In “Millionaire” he motivates us and inspires us to dream while the lyrics go on to talk about all the good that would be done with that kind of money. But these words also carried weight… Bruno actually did go on to contributing to multiple charities such as DoSomething, Red Cross, Candies Foundation, Musicians on Call…. Just to name a few. Is Bruno Mars perfect? Probably not. Does the entertainment industry negatively impact the world… Yes absolutely. But there are way easier targets to hate on than Buno Mars. However i do see this bloggers marketing strategy to capitalize on Bruno’s present media exposure. So for that I can not blame him just thought I would try to spread some love and point all positives…. Because there are plenty. Like I said there are a lot of artists in the industry who are negatively impacting the world….Bruno Mars is not one of them.

  2. well what about just the way you are? that encourages the thought that you are beautiful no matter what. ant the speech he gave on ellen this year? if that wasnt inspiring then i dont know what is. If youre going to pick on someone pick on someone that shows the message completely. And his songs are positive and dont influence sex in any way whatsoever. They portry it, but have a much deeper meaning than solely sex itself… choose your battles more wisely in the future…

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