Why Jhene Aiko's "Triggered" Is a No For Me.
By: Cherisse Cannon
You may hate me for saying this, but I cannot get with Jhene Aiko’s new single Triggered. Let’s rewind all the way back to the beginning though. I’ll be honest and tell you I let my emotions get the absolute best of me the other night. Who does a girl listen to when she’s feeling like men are just horrible individuals? Jhene of course! Her soothing voice is just it, you know? I saw a post about that song being good and I decided to give it a listen hoping she could tap into what I was feeling in that moment. After a while I had to stop and ask myself what was I really feeding my spirit? I love Jhene as a person as I do all people but there were just a few lyrics and phrases that triggered me to turn it off because it contradicted what I believed spiritually and went against what I wanted my heart to be like. I’m going to give you a few and tell you why I just can’t let them get into my heart. Even though our generation takes so much pride in say, “I felt that!” Some stuff shouldn’t be felt in order to maintain the protection of our spirits because what ever you hear gets into your head, what can get into your head gets into your heart (if you let it), whatever gets into your heart comes out in your actions and whatever comes out in your actions effects your future and your purpose, scary right? I’ve included some of the lyrics that promted me to press “skip” and why I did so based off of biblical backing.
“You’re right I’m bitter”: Ummm no ma’am Jhene, Hebrews 12:15 tells me “ See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled.”
“Have to pay me in blood”: What exactly are you getting at here miss Aiko? Romans 12:19 says “ Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord”
“About to feel the wrath of a menace”: Ephesians 4:31-32 says, “ Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
So as I had this song on repeat, I found that that I was allowing the seeds of vengeance, bitterness, and wrath to enter into my ears ring around the rosie in my head and if I would have allowed it to, rest in my heart. That does not help me when I want to keep a soft heart and a gentle spirit. As beautiful as her voice is, the truth behind those words are deadly. If I sing along than I sing that over myself and that’s, who I will become. I speak that we are not bitter ladies, I speak that we are forgiving and I speak that we are not full of wrath. Yes, we may have triggers but that doesn’t mean we have to shoot. The bible tells us to be angry and sin not. So as calming as the beat and rhythm of the song was, I’ll pass. With love of course. I heard someone say that, “ your feelings may be valid, but that doesn’t always justify your actions.” I definitely get how she feels but speaking on it allows for a power to be released that causes actual things to happen and change. We must be careful what we say even in song because the words that you speak create the world that you live in. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be an angry, codependent, back and forth individual.