It is both curious and confusing that there is so much reference to God among pop stars–this is old news, but true none-the-less. Now, however, we notice that there are others making reference specifically to Christ. Is this something new? What are we to make of this? First, a look at references to “God” and his blessing, then, references to “Christ” among musicians and artists.
Lady Gaga receives the VMA for best female video. Clutching the Moonman trophy, Gaga used the mic to repeat the message of her song “Born This Way.” She said, “I feel so blessed to be here, and it’s true. It doesn’t matter who you are. Gay, straight, bi, lesbian, transgender — you were born this way. God bless you, MTV. Yeah!”
Again, thanking God for playing a role in one’s career success is not at all news and Gaga was not alone that Sunday night. When Britney Spears receives her Video Vanguard VMA, she begins, “First I’d like to thank God for blessing me so much.” But looking specifically at Lady Gaga and the lyric of the song for which she won the award, we have to ask: Is one whose message rebels against God able to invoke a blessing from “God,” whether for herself or others? She even receives her award in drag. At the same time she says “God has made us” she is saying that we make ourselves.
Gaga’s message in “Born This Way” stands in direct contradiction to what Scripture teaches about sexual fidelity. Sex and marriage are symbols pointing a believer to the deeper, spiritual union that exists between Christ and his church.
In this model, there is no room for sexual activity outside of the marriage between one man and one woman. When God speaks of loving his Church with a jealous love, there is no wiggle room for gay, straight, bi, lesbian or transgender interpretation.
In a culture that celebrates sexual expression and tolerance, how can it also celebrate the biblical God? The only thing that tolerance is intolerant of is a claim to righteous truth.
Let’s be reminded of what does not change even as the name of God is carelessly spoken:
- Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral (Hebrews 13.4).
- For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God (Ephesians 5.5).
- But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband (I Corinthians 7.2).
- Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God (I Corinthians 6.9-10)
- Why is sexual purity so important? Why do Christians make such a big deal out of sexual purity?
So what has Lady Gaga said that was true?
Gaga has identified what the Apostle Paul also affirms in Romans 7:7ff. When it comes to the flesh and the propensity toward immorality (sexual or other), we are truly “born this way!” Although we are nowhere granted the right to follow through on our basest urges, we do have a law of sin pulling us in that direction. Rather, the believer is called out from among the world and to kill the deeds of the flesh. “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, 7). Click here for part 2.