SCRIPTURE: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break throughand steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” –Matthew 6:19-21. [source]
SONG LYRICS: “Your friends think I’m a freak. What was in my drink? I can’t even think, but we got history. In all of this, I lost myself. Maybe I’ll see you in hell. Okay, whatever. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” –Tyler Glenn, Trash. [source]
COMMENTARY: When gay Mormon rockstar Tyler Glenn heard that the Mormon church was going to call him an apostate for being homosexual and trying to live a fulfilling life, he realized that the church could not possibly be true. In one weekend, he went from being a believer in and a defender of Mormonism to suddenly doubting everything he had been taught about religion and life. What he had treasured before, he suddenly realized was trash. His song Trash and its music video, released 29 April 2016, is his artistic way of showing the beginning stages of his journey away from the church. There is a lot of anger and rebellion depicted in the video, and it can be hard to watch if you still treasure the church. But I have to side with Tyler on this one. The church has made a lot of gay people feel like trash, and if there really were a god, he would treasure all of his children, not just the straight white males. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.