A song at the top of the Billboard that promotes a Christian view of marriage is not something I had slated for 2020.
The song was Justin Bieber’s new single “Holy,” which was released on Sept. 18 and features Chance the Rapper. When my roommate blasted it in our apartment, I was taken in by the gospel-inspired hook and added it to my playlist to listen to later. I listened to it more closely a few days later — so closely that I had it on repeat for about three hours, completely charmed by both the arrangement and the lyrics.
At first I thought it was just another song that used religious language to describe something other than a relationship with God. There are many songs like this, including Florida Georgia Line’s “H.O.L.Y.,” Hozier’s “Take Me to Church,” and Maren Morris’ “My Church.” They all repeat the message made clear by secular culture — religion can be replaced by whatever or