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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013 6:55 am

I heard a song on a country radio station that was so catchy and fun. The artist (Kacey Musgraves) has a voice you just don’t get tired of listening to. A bit rare, but she also wrote the lyrics.

Then I listened again and was so disappointed to learn that she was promoting exactly the opposite of what I believe: no moral compass. Rats! I really wanted to like it.

Then my daughter listened and said, “She’s not advocating moral anarchy, she’s just disillusioned.”

Here’s a little sample of her song, “Follow Your Arrow:”

You’re damned if you do

And you’re damned if you don’t

So you might as well just do

Whatever you want


Make lots of noise

Kiss lots of boys

Or kiss lots of girls

If that’s something you’re into

When the straight and narrow

Gets a little too straight

Roll up a joint, or don’t

Just follow your arrow

Wherever it points…

The rest of the song refers to critical judgment — we’ve all felt (and given?) at one time or another … about people’s bodies, drinking, going to church and relationships.

It saddens me that we live in a culture that encourages and thrives on scrutinizing and ripping people apart for their lives, choices and mistakes.

This judgment occurs in the workplace, gyms and PTA meetings, but most folks simply can’t reconcile it with church. They want and long for something more, especially from people who claim to be “known for their love.”

No wonder there are so many people leaving the church and saying they “hate organized religion.” 

I believe in following my arrow in the direction of Jesus. If your church doesn’t teach love and acceptance, have a chat with the elders. If individuals at your church aren’t living that mandate out (love others) — if they are gossiping, criticizing or ridiculing, confront them … in love.

There are aimless, longing souls out there looking for a place to land. Each of us should paint a big red target on our character so that we attract those wandering arrows. 

Have you heard the song? Am I wrong about it? Am I wrong about the rest of this message? 

• Ahwatukee Foothills resident Diane Markins can be reached at See more of her writing at or connect on Facebook/

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