Exposing the Lie of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way"

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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Lady Gaga has sold millions of copies of her song Born This Way. Throngs of young people are embracing her message that promises hope and they are proudly joining the ranks of her Little Monsters fan club. Her message is that there is freedom and hope when we surrender to the way we are and stop fighting what we can't control. On the surface this seems to bring relief to the millions of young people who are trying to make sense of who they are and their struggle with their developing sense of what is right and what is wrong. Human reasoning suggests that we find true freedom and liberty when we learn to fully embrace and accept each other's way of life.

The reality of this message is that it actually leads to utter hopelessness. It promises a false sense of hope that only leads to despair. Here's why. If we buy into the message that you have no choice in how you were born, whether that applies to your sexual orientation, genetic predisposition to alcoholism, family history of depression - the list goes on and on - how does that lead to hope? It forces us to believe that we are merely victims and have no choice in how we live our lives. The only choice left is to simply accept the cards dealt to you and surrender to fate. That is nothing more than a message of utter hopelessness. Is it any wonder why suicide rates are at historic highs? Proverbs 14:12 tells us "there is a way that seems right to man, but in the end it leads to destruction."

The message of the Gospel is a message of real hope and peace. In John 14:27 Jesus says, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid." (NLT) The message of the world is that your life is limited. You can't change so don't even try. The message of the cross of Christ is that he gives us the abundant life and he has set us free from the bondage of sin and death. Lady Gaga's message is accept the limitations life brings you. Jesus' message is accept his abundant life he brings. Which seems to bring more hope?

Modern culture tries to convince us that Jesus' message is hateful and exclusive and that we should embrace the message of acceptance and inclusion of all. When you compare the two messages I believe the only logical conclusion you can ultimately come to is that the message of culture is the one that is exclusive, rigid and judgemental. Where is the hope in that?
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The truth is that you do have a choice. You have the freedom to choose which message you will embrace. If you want to choose the message of Lady Gaga, you are free to do so. But why wouldn't you want to embrace the truth that tells you there is hope and you don't have to accept fate? You don't have to be a victim! Either choice requires your total surrender. The difference is that one actually leads to death and the other leads to real life. You may have been born a certain way but the truth is you don't have to stay that way. You are not a Little Monster. 1 Peter 2:9 says, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." Now that is a message of hope!
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2 comments:

shayroy said...

Such a relevant word! How freeing when people embrace the truth that Jesus wants us to have abundant life! and He made it possible.

David Good said...

Absolutely Shayroy. The truth may not be popular and maybe inconvenient, but the truth always brings freedom. Thanks for your comments.

 
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