For quite some time now, I’ve been hearing about the controversy surrounding the new Lady Gaga songs, Born This Way and Judas. I ignored it at first, because when is there *not* controversy surrounding that girl???
I have three of her songs on my iPod – they are on my “Get Moving!” playlist, but I didn’t like the whole album enough to get it. Since I am a person who tries to keep up with current (OK, OK mainly social) events, I made a point to listen and look up the lyrics to those songs.
The first thought I had after reading the lyrics to them both was, “This chick went to a Christian church at some point in her life.” People all over the world talk about God, but she specifically talks about Jesus and Judas.
The second thought I had was, “She has bastardized some beautiful biblical truths here.”
I get that the Judas song is supposed to be an allegory about her loving someone who would end up betraying her, like Jesus loving – and being ultimately betrayed by – Judas. But…. Why? She likens herself to Jesus. But… Why? She calls herself a “Holy fool”. But… Why? She says “Jesus is my virtue”. But… Why? I really don’t understand why someone would focus so many thoughts and so much energy on the concepts of God and Jesus and praise not be the outcome. Why bother?
Some would say: To stir up controversy. And to that I would say: There are plenty of other ways to accomplish that without corrupting the words of your Creator. But I digress…
The other song, Born This Way, deals with a concept that I have long been a proponent of. I pulled out this exact logic when talking to a friend about a touchy subject a couple of years ago. (Side note: God defines sin. I don’t)
We are ALL “Born This Way”. Not in ONLY the sense that Lady Gaga is saying homosexuals are born that way. We are ALL born into sin in some form or another.
So if we all went around using the excuse “Well, I can’t help it. I was born this way”, what kind of society would we live in? A purely hedonistic one, where each person only cares about doing what feels good, I say.
Take for example the ways of a child. They cry as babies, throw a fit as toddlers, lie when they get older, all in order to get something they want. They might not understand *why* they want it, all they know is *that* they want it, and the only thing they care about is getting it.
It’s not until we mature that our eyes are open to things like patience and humilty and kindness and thoughtfulness and self control. It’s only in light of those things that we are able to temper our desires and make rational choices about whether or not something is beneficial. I tell my kids all the time that “wanting” something doesn’t validate the necessity of having it. There are a myriad of factors that go into deciding if a “want” should become a “have” or a “do”.
Where mine and Lady Gaga’s thoughts diverge is where hers seems to end. She says over in over in the song, “God makes no mistakes”, and while I agree with that very “30,000 feet-high” sentiment, she seems to end her theology there. It’s kind of like reading Romans 3:23 all by itself and resigning yourself to ” Oh well. I’m a sinner. I can’t help it,” and using that as an excuse for your lifestyle.
But that’s not all God has to say on the subject of us ALL being sinners. The very next verse is the hope we have to overcome our own self-destruction. It’s the strength we can tap into to make better decisions. It’s the yardstick by which we can measure the validity of our choices.
Bottom line: We were ALL “Born This Way”. But our growth wasn’t stunted in infancy. Every day we are blessed to open our eyes to a new day is an opportunity to grow in wisdom. We do not have to be a slave to our selfish desires because we think (and have been told by Lady Gaga) that our innate cravings are the only part of us that are real and worth our attention.
You and I are worth so much more than what society tells us we are. We are more than our cravings, our eye color, our bone structure, our skin color, our stature, our intellect. We were born with all those things, too. But over the course of a lifetime, those things don’t define who we are.
I stand in awe of the potential we all have if we would just follow the vision our Creator had for us when He brought us to life. He gave us everything we need to succeed in life.