The pastor parents of pop singer Katy Perry have asked Christians to pray for their daughter and expressed hope that one day, she will return to her childhood faith.
During a recent sermon delivered at the Church of Grace in Yorba Linda, California, Keith and Mary Hudson, Perry’s preacher parents, asked congregants to refrain from judging the “Roar” singer.
“I want you to pray for my daughter,” Keith said, according to Radar Online. “Don’t judge her, pray for her.”
The couple also said they are proud of Perry for singing her latest hit,“Rise”, at the Olympics this year. Included in the song are the lines, “I won’t just survive/Oh, you will see me thrive/Can’t write my story/I’m beyond the archetype.”
In the past, Perry’s parents have revealed they don’t agree with all of their daughter’s decisions or some of her more promiscuous songs, such as “I Kissed a Girl.” However, they have supported her by attending award shows with the singer.
“Where do you think Jesus would go?” Keith asked the audience. “A lot of them in the industry have walked with the Lord or grew up in church,” he reportedly told those listening at the church. “If you are a parent who agrees with everything your son or daughter does, stand up, we’ll shoot you, get rid of you now because you been walking in a lie.”
Perry, who was a Christian singer before she emerged as one of today’s leading pop stars, grew up attending religious camps for church and listening gospel music only. Her parents discouraged her from listening to secular music and was forbidden to become engaged with worldly things.
However, when Perry did not find success as a Christian artist, she branched out to secular music and was signed on to Capitol Music Group.
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