I Love the Way You Lie

It is the latest smash hit music video (no pun intended). “I Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem and Rihanna features Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan as a couple who have a tempestuous relationship to say the least. Eminem raps about his inner struggle to control his rage and abusive tendencies. Rihanna sings the chorus:

“Just gonna stand there and watch me burn. But that's alright, because I like the way it hurts. Just gonna stand there and hear me cry. But that's alright because I love the way you lie. I love the way you lie...”

The scenes with Monaghan and Fox are alternating ones of sex and violence. It’s definitely not a family friendly video. So why do we bring it to your attention? Aside from the fact that we want you to be culturally aware (the video has more than 30 million views on You Tube), we want to state:

  1. Violence against a woman is never right. Never. Even if she says she likes the way it hurts. She doesn’t.
  2. Men who have anger issues need to get help. They can rationalize with themselves all they want, but the cycle will repeat itself.
Now that we have stated the obvious, can we share from the heart? People struggle. All people struggle with something. For some of us, our struggle manifests itself as rage against God. For others, it manifests itself as withdrawal from Him. Some of us do both; alternating between rage and withdrawal.

In some cases, we strangely learn to live and even love being in a bad place. It becomes like a home and because we can see no way out, we adapt to the new, sick reality.

We want to encourage you today to choose another alternative. Take your struggles to Him. He won’t hit you. He won’t stand there and watch you burn. He will begin to heal you by the power of His love. There is no other way to get real healing. If you need help to do that, we are here for you. He is the Good Shepherd and He is ready to minister to you. If you have a friend, point him or her to the One who can stop the madness. He will hear the cry. We love the way He heals.