Can Jesus be a female’s “boo” or “boyfriend”? Keirra Sheard thinks so.
That’s the notion she puts out in her song “Boyfriend” [listen to audio]
Let me hear you say..
Talkin’ to my girl the other day.
She told me how she’s tired of dealin’ with all his games.
She went through his phone. And found that somethin’s wrong.
Like unknown names and numbers and pictures all in his phone.
I said: “Is that where you’re supposed to be?”
Cause’ in you heart there’s no peace. (Does he make you complete?)
Alot of emptyness inside. “Have you ever gave God a chance?”
(Jesus cain’t be my boyfriend!) To be your man…
Don’t miss out cause I didn’t.
He’s my boyfriend.
He is(My everything) [complete lyrics]
In an interview with Andrew Greer, Sheard explained her meaning behind the song
I’ve noticed that a lot of us church girls… We can connect ourselves to the top bozos in the state. I find myself getting hurt over and over again, and it’s because I was out of God’s will. This song is saying, “Be patient and allow God into your life because you won’t know what love is until you let God in”—and that’s true love. I allowed God to reveal Himself to me in a way that I never thought He could have. Right now, I’m single, but I find myself being able to be single and not feel lonely. We need friends and associates like that. But I don’t need no man!”
In an interview with Blacknews.com she says about the song:
“I was talking with my cousin and one of my friends, both of whom were going through some things with their boyfriends,” explained Kierra. “I was sharing with them that they didn’t have to keep putting themselves in the same situation, and by doing so, allowing them to get hurt. We have to give ourselves to God…we can’t love another person if we don’t love ourselves. Just because you are single, doesn’t mean you’re alone — it’s the time to get to know God better. Jesus is my boyfriend because He knows me inside and out.”
Trying to understand this. Is this sexy-fying Jesus or more like objectifying Jesus? Although she calls Jesus a “savior and redeemer”, its at the end and just one line. For those far removed from the shallow culture of today’s generation boo has a couple of definitions, but in the context of the song, Sheard uses it as a parallel to the girl she is talking to with boyfriend problems.
Real Christianity deals with other false biblical lyrics by gospel artists. Check out the post.