Lily Allen’s Newest Fan–The Church of England

Dr. Steven Croft, Bishop of Sheffield, has created a five week course in preparation for Lent called Exploring God’s Mercy, which urges Christians to immerse themselves in pop culture in order to better relate to that week’s sermon theme.   This includes YouTube videos, podcasts, iPods, films, etc.

In explaining his support for his course, Dr. Croft explained, “The depth, strength and constancy of God’s love is of course a lifetime’s journey and Exploring God’s Mercy is designed to take groups or individuals further on that journey.”

One of Dr. Croft’s choices this year to study is pop star Lily Allen’s  song “The Fear.” Containing her signature sarcasm and biting criticism, Allen’s lyrics include:

I want to be rich and I want lots of money
I don’t care about clever I don’t care about funny
I want loads of clothes and loads of diamonds
I heard people die while they are trying to find them

And I’ll take my clothes off and it will be shameless
‘Cuz everyone knows that’s how you get famous
I’ll look at the sun and I’ll look in the mirror
I’m on the right track, yeah I’m on to a winner

I don’t know what’s right and what’s real anymore
And I don’t know how I’m meant to feel anymore
And when do you think it will all become clear?
‘Cuz I’m being taken over by the Fear

Life’s about film stars and less about mothers
It’s all about fast cars and cussing each other
But it doesn’t matter cause I’m packing plastic
And that’s what makes my life so fantastic

Forget about guns and forget ammunition
‘Cuz I’m killing them all on my own little mission
Now I’m not a saint but I’m not a sinner
Now everything is cool as long as I’m getting thinner

I personally enjoy  “The Fear”  as the lyrics are very clever and thought-provoking.  And yes, I’ll admit–the tune is insatiably catchy.  I also like the idea of integrating less obvious aspects of popular culture into a Christian realm.  However, Lily Allen herself is a highly controversial figure–often ruthless in her comments and engaging in behavior some would consider not very Christian (or even dignified) at all!  Still, if this is the kind of direction Dr. Croft is heading in, it’ll be very interesting to see what’s in store for the weeks to come!