I hate Top 40 music.
I hate it even more when I actually like a song. The irresistible beats that you can’t help but bob your head to. The stupid yet catchy repetitive lyrics.
One song that recently has caught my attention (and I am embarrassed to admit that I actually really enjoy it) is Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”. You’re probably thinking, “Another blog post about this song? Seriously?” Yeah, I know. Everyone is talking about Lady Gaga. Well, I might as well jump on the bandwagon.
I’ve never been a huge fan of Lady Gaga. Her songs with all the “po-po-po-poker faces” and “ga-ga-ooh-la-las” are fun to sing along to, but that’s about it. With all of her outrageous outfits and makeup, I don’t think I even know what she actually looks like. But I got hooked on her new song. Not only is it fun and catchy, but it has significant lyrics as well.
Let me clarify by saying that when I call her lyrics “significant”, it does not mean I agree with all of her statements. I just want to briefly muse about how we, as Christians, should approach this hit that is undoubtedly going to be an anthem of this generation ?
Some of the lines that really stuck out to me were “I’m beautiful in my way ’cause God makes no mistakes” and “Whether life’s disabilities left you outcast, bullied, or teased, rejoice and love yourself today ’cause baby you were born this way“. Here, Gaga is affirming some biblical principles. We are all made in the image of God. No matter what gender, race, or sexual orientation we are, we all bear the imago dei, whether we have accepted Christ as our Savior or not. We are His creation, and that gives us value.
But from a Christian perspective, Gaga misses a big point in her song. And that is we were born as sinful, human beings. We cannot forget that even as we rejoice in the fact that God loves us just the way we are. Knowing that we were born this way (as sinners) stresses the reality that we need a Savior. That we need Christ’s substitutionary atonement on the cross. While we are made in the image of God, we were born as imperfect beings. We are people who sin against each other, and sin against God.
We can’t just simply cop out in addressing our fallen nature by saying “I was born this way”. If you are looking for a get-out-of-jail-free card, God gave you the ultimate one: His Son. We can celebrate the fact we were “born this way” as God’s creation. But we can’t forget the other half. That we were born as broken people. Broken people in dire need of a Redeemer. And only once we realize that and accept Jesus into our hearts, we can truly rejoice and sing “I’m on the right track, baby, I was born this way!”
Oh, and if you haven’t heard this song yet, I’m not going to bother posting a link. Because I guarantee if you flip through any Top 40 radio stations in your area, it will be on.
Thanks to Pastor Jon Nielson for sharing his message notes on this song.