Culture Clips: We Say ‘You Say’ is Christian Music’s Biggest Hit Ever.

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Lauren Daigle

This past week, Lauren Daigle broke Christian music records as her song, “You Say,” became the longest running No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart. At 63 weeks in the top spot, it has beaten out Hillsong UNITED’s “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” which previously held the top spot, according to The Christian Post.

Daigle remembers the impact “Oceans” had on so many people, calling it “beautiful” and wishing she could be a “part of something that shakes the earth like that song,” she told Fox News. “I have this call in my heart to reach all people. It doesn’t matter if they’re in this block, or that block, my heart is for all people to know and encounter the love of God,” says Daigle.

Tyler Perry also hit a milestone this week when he officially opened his Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. The film factory, one of the largest in existence according to CNN, is also the first major studio to be owned outright by an African-American. Samuel L. Jackson, who attended the event, said that Perry’s studio opening meant that young people in the Atlanta community with big dreams of going to Hollywood would now get that same experience locally. “They have a place that they can come to and learn and understand and demystify the film process and hopefully become great filmmakers themselves,” he told ABC News. Perry himself added that he wanted “to inspire somebody to dream, to believe that they can do it too. No matter where he came from.”

Walgreens and Kroger joined a list of companies this week that have discontinued (or will do so soon) all sales of electronic vaping devices. In a statement, Walgreens said, “We have made the decision to stop selling e-cigarette products at our stores nationwide as the CDC, FDA and other health officials continue to examine the issue.” According to ABC News, Kroger posted a similar statement, saying that “the company will exit this category after selling through its current inventory.”

CBS News reports that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating more than a thousand illnesses connected to vaping, which have resulted in at least 18 deaths. ABC News also reports that First Lady Melania Trump also has problems with vaping. “It is important to me that we all work to educate children and families about the dangers associated with this habit,” she said. Mrs. Trump has also advocated directly to the companies who create and sell these products, such as Juul Labs Inc., to stop marketing e-cigarettes to children.

Another company facing potential consequences for their “addictive” product is Epic Games Inc., the creator of the popular video game Fortnite. USA Today reports that a Montreal-based law firm has launched a proposed class-action suit against the company on behalf of two Quebec parents who claim that Fortnite is “as addictive, and potentially harmful, as cocaine.”

Owing to the fact that Fortnite was developed by psychologists and statisticians “to develop the most addictive game possible” using the same tactics as the creators of slot machines, according to the suit, the company could be held responsible for not disclosing the health risks of using their products, says Fox News. The game is free to play but requires players to pay real money for accessories and other add-ons. Children are particularly vulnerable to this type of manipulation, according to the suit, “since their self-control system in the brain is not developed enough.” The lawsuit also notes that the World Health Organization declared video game addiction, or “gaming disorder,” a disease.

According to National Public Radio, Instagram launched its new anti-bullying feature this week. Called Restrict, the feature allows users to limit the content that bullies are able to post via comments or send via direct messaging. When a potential bully is restricted, the user can choose which comments and messages from the bully they want to see. Then, if they do choose to view a comment from the bully, they have the option to block that comment from being released to the public.

The new feature was created to address issues that arose from blocking. According to NPR, many teens reported that “when you block a bully, you render yourself invisible, but at the same time, you give up your ability to see what the bully is doing. To counter abuse, you often have to know what is happening.” It also addressed the issue that in blocking, the bully knows they are blocked. In restricting, the bully can still see the comments they made, but they have no way of knowing if the user restricted that content to prevent others from seeing it as well.

Scott Freeman, the CEO of the Cybersmile Foundation (a nonprofit cyberbullying advocacy group) told ABC News that “a way of helping moderate comments on your own posts is a welcome addition.” However, he also said, “What it doesn’t do, is… it’s not helping the primary problem of people sharing content with the intention of hurting others.”

Ellen DeGeneres arguably faced this “primary problem” earlier this week after she was seen watching a Dallas Cowboys football game whilst sitting next to former President George W. Bush. When some lashed out at Ellen, the talk show host Ellen addressed the public’s concerns directly on her daytime show. “They thought, ‘why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?’ Here’s the thing. I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. But just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them. When I say, ‘be kind to one another,’ I don’t only mean the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone.”

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seraph_unsung 2 days ago
I've seen a lot of criticism, some of it quite cynical, over why so many various institutions (government, stores, etc.) have moved so much more quickly to reduce deaths related to vaping (a personal decision) than to reduce deaths related to more widespread problems such as gun violence or other drugs that are more prolific than e-cigarettes.

Even though I had a lot of sympathy for George W. Bush (I'd still say "Decision Points" was a good book and was worth reading), I can understand the criticism that Ellen is receiving.  Yes, we need to be kind.  Yes, we also need to speak the truth.  If it was wrong for Bush to effectively start at least two wars that led to hundreds of thousands of casualties, he needs to be held accountable for that, and the overarching need to "be kind" (a good idea in the big picture that's not always practical for every small picture—this isn't aimed toward Bush in particular, but some egregious acts of wrongdoing need to be met with fierce and firm resistance and opposition even if it doesn't come across as "kind") does not nullify that.  Ask questions.  Should Republicans (and to some extent Democrats, though as I've gotten older, I've come to think that Christians of any political stripe aren't showing God's love to the world if we're being gung-ho about war or perpetually living in fear of any number of various enemies) have supported war in such large numbers, and has doing so made our world safer?

We have a similar principle in Scripture. "Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." ~ Colossians 4:5-6, New International Version.  The Greek word for salt, "halas" (https://biblehub.com/greek/217.htm), is the same word used in Matthew 5:13 where Jesus tells us that we are the "salt of the earth" and warns against the salt losing its saltiness.  Grace must be exercised alongside moral discernment and distinction, and to lose either is to effectively lose the Gospel.  In truth I struggled with this when I had to call out a church classmate in private over something extremely inappropriate about another classmate he was either saying or at least making excuses for (while also making insinuations that I was too conservative for the class).

Yes, we must show grace (2 Corinthians 2:5-11).  We are also not to condone wickedness in the church (1 Corinthians 5, especially verse 13), and if so many of our elected officials are going to present as Christians, then I think they don't get an exemption from being held accountable according to Biblical morality even when they're in office.  I haven't done a lot of formal research, but this is my guess as to why "tone-policing" is so heavily criticized—I can see how it "can" become something of a fallacy to place more emphasis on whether something is said politely than on whether what's being said is true.  If you call me a war criminal, and I implicitly say, "I'm not going to listen to you unless you say it nicely," then I'm just using the "be-kind" message as a smokescreen to cover up my own wrongdoings.

That Instagram "restrict" feature sounds really useful.  As for video games, and as someone who's always played a lot of games but also placed a priority on my education when I was in school, I have little to say here other than that microtransactions should be heavily restricted or forbidden in games that are either directly marketed toward children or have a disproportionately young fanbase.
Big Mike 2 days ago
i agreed with most of your comment except your idea that micro transactions should be restricted on video games that are directly marketed toward kids 
for 3 reasons:

1. I cannot think of one rated E or E 10+ game that had micro transactions, 
so if you're 10 yo is playing Fortnite that's on you as a parent.

2. The Govt should not get its self involved in the gaming community for good or ill.

3. The parent have the money on there cards. I'm not an expert but i think you can set parental controls for video games

have a blessed day:)
YetAnotherTeen 2 days ago
1: Madden, NBA 2K, and hundreds of mobile apps use microtransactions to make millions.

2: What about gaming makes it sacred? Microtransactions and similar mechanics allow, for instance, lazy app developers to make a game with little effort and profit off of wearables. It's not healthy, but the industry has no incentive to self-regulate.

3: Not all devices have parental controls, not all parents know all devices have parental controls, and not all people with a shopping or gambling addiction are young enough to qualify for parental controls.
Big Mike 1 days ago
1. Ok i forgot about those but i'm not sure 10- are gonna be playing madden.

2. the govt should never get involved. this is a free market system and just because they made a pretty good game doesn't mean the govt can come in and take away Fortnite's one way of getting money.

3.Then lets educate the parents about parental controls and if there old enough were they have they're own income, and they get addicted that's on them not on Epic.
mvmlego1212 . 3 days ago
I've played more than my fair share of video games, but I never quite understood the appeal of Fortnite: Battle Royale, or in what way it's more "addictive" than any other game out there.
Anonymous 3 days ago
I'm shocked that a song by Lauren Daigle is the biggest Christian music hit of all time. I would think it would be something like Jesus Freak or Flood or Butterfly Kisses, maybe even God's Not Dead by the Newsboys. Not a song by Lauren Daigle who frankly is no Laura Story or even Amy Grant or Point of Grace for that matter.
The Mouse Of Non 3 days ago
You must be older, because she is better than all of those people and I hate Lauren Daigle's music. 

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Big Mike 3 days ago
Nothing has rivaled Johnny Cash's version of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" and this is coming from a teenager
Anonymous 1 days ago
You Say is so good that secular radio stations are playing it. These stations don't seem to care that the song is obviously Christian, just that it's a good song. Personally, it's not my favorite, but I can see it's appeal to a wide range of people. 
 And did I mention she got 2 Grammies, one for her album and one for You Say? Her music is really good.
- Emma Bibliophile
Big Mike 5 days ago
there is no such thing as "video game addiction" there is however bad parenting. and to say that bad mothers who let there kids play 2 hrs of games everyday isn't there fault but 
the fault of a private org and that the govt needs to be brought in is insane and foolish
The Mouse Of Non 4 days ago
Agreed. Bad parenting is the main cause. 

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Karl The Klown 4 days ago
Lol exactly. This is a result of incompetent parenting. While video game addiction is technically a "thing", it is the parents fault for not setting boundaries in their own household. 
Mothers suing a video game company that does it's job too well. Yeah people, that lawsuit is going places. Smh
Anonymous 3 days ago
While our son lived in our household, there were lmits to his video game time. Video game addiction is definitely real, especially for those with addictive personalities. Now that he is a 43-year-old supposed “adult,” we as his parents have no influence on how he spends his time except to pray for him.
The Mouse Of Non 3 days ago
I would say you not only have to limit his time, but teach them why you are limiting his time. Show him what's more important. Which I'm sure you did, and we're not saying it's not real, it's just that most parents these days are complaining while not putting restrictions.

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Big Mike 3 days ago
Actually I am saying that video game addiction isn't a thing or at least not what these mothers are saying it is. No its not digital cocaine or heroin like these parents are saying. To quote Christopher J. Ferguson, professor of psychology at Stetson University:

"Playing a video game or watching an amusing video on the internet causes roughly about as much dopamine to be released in your brain as eating a slice of pizza. By contrast, using a drug like methamphetamine can cause a level of dopamine release 10 times that or more."

And

"Let’s start with the neuroscientific analogy: that the areas in the brain associated with the pleasures of drug use are the same as those associated with the pleasures of playing video games. This is true but not illuminating. These areas of the brain — those that produce and respond to the neurotransmitter dopamine — are involved in just about any pleasurable activity: having s*x, enjoying a nice conversation, eating good food, reading a book, using methamphetamines."

So no I don't believe in video game addiction, I believe people love to play them but like reading a good book (not to compare the act of reading books to playing video games because one is obviously superior to the other) but both activity's cause the same level of dopamine in the human mind.

And to Anonymous whoever you are,
you do sound like good parents for setting limits on your Sons video game time, and it is not your fault for him being a "supposed adult" 
now that is totally on him but it is not the same if he was a alcoholic or a druggie which is what  the lawsuit is implying and I think the proper term would be "Obsession" instead of "Addiction" because i think it takes more of the responsibility off the person who is obsessed with the game and more on the company who are just doing there job. 
and i think it cheapens the word "Addiction" to people with real addictions to cocaine, alcohol, etc... 
and to get govt more involved with the video game industry which these terrible parents are trying is straight up bad and goes against my Libertarian principles.

Sorry about the size of this article but I do think that this issue needs to be discussed.

I'll keep your son in my prayers,
and have a blessed day:)
The Mouse Of Non 3 days ago
I just wrote an entire 6 page long research paper on addiction for college so I don't feel like talking bout addictions tbh. But Mike is correct.

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The Mouse Of Non 5 days ago
Good for Ellen!!! I may not agree with you but I can still be friends with you, if only we all had that mindset. 

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Anonymous 3 days ago
This should be the quote of the year (or at least of this week).
Big Mike 3 days ago
The quote of the year is "HOW DARE YOU" lol
Anonymous 1 days ago
I  agree. As Christians we often lose sight of the idea that we should interact in love and not hate. 
Casting Crowns' song Jesus Friend of Sinners comes to my mind.
-Emma Bibliophile