Born This Way?

The “Back To School” sales have begun in earnest and my wife and I were out this weekend purchasing school supplies.  When you have 4 children starting school in a couple of weeks, you look for all the deals you can because it adds up rather quickly.  We hit up Walmart, Staples and Office Depot to check out the deals and while in Office Depot, I noticed something at the checkout counter that caught my attention.  It was a display for the “Born This Way Foundation.”  In my mind I made a snap judgment that this was something antithetical to my Christian beliefs, but I inquired of the store clerk what this display was about.  The clerk mentioned that it was a foundation based on Lady Gaga’s song Born This Way.  He also mentioned that it was dedicated to helping young people express their individuality and self-expression.  My initial judgment was proven correct.

Here is the mission statement that is posted on their website:

Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, the Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2011 to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. The Foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a kinder, braver world.

We believe that everyone has the right to feel safe, to be empowered and to make a difference in the world. Together, we will move towards acceptance, bravery and love.

Now please understand, I do not disagree with the premise of the Born This Way Foundation.  I believe that we as human beings should celebrate our individuality because God has made each of us individually and uniquely.  The diversity in each of us is amazing to me.  I look at each of my children and am totally amazed that as much as they are like me, each one of them is different and unique.  I celebrate that!  I look at them and see the image of God in each one of them.  So, to a degree I am in agreement with the 3 basic premises they espouse.

My concern is with the lack of tolerance that will be shown to those who do not agree with the ultimate aim of this foundation.  While there is no explicit statement on the foundation website talking about the totality of what Born This Way means, here is the lyrics of the song that has inspired the foundation:

It doesn’t matter if you love him or capital H-I-M
Just put your paws up
‘Cause you were born this way, baby

My mama told me when I was young
We are all born superstars
She rolled my hair and put my lipstick on
In the glass of her boudoir

There’s nothin’ wrong with lovin’ who you are
She said, ’cause He made you perfect, babe
So hold your head up, girl and you you’ll go far
Listen to me when I say

I’m beautiful in my way
‘Cause God makes no mistakes
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way

Don’t hide yourself in regret
Just love yourself and you’re set
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way, born this way

Ooh, there ain’t no other way, baby, I was born this way
Baby, I was born this way
Ooh, there ain’t no other way, baby, I was born this way
I’m on the right track, baby, I was born this way

Don’t be a drag, just be a queen
Don’t be a drag, just be a queen
Don’t be a drag, just be a queen
Don’t be

Give yourself prudence and love your friends
Subway kid, rejoice of truth
In the religion of the insecure
I must be myself, respect my youth

A different lover is not a sin
Believe capital H-I-M
I love my life, I love this record and
Mi amore vole fe yah

I’m beautiful in my way,
‘Cause God makes no mistakes
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way

Don’t hide yourself in regret,
Just love yourself and you’re set
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way

Ooh, there ain’t no other way, baby, I was born this way
Baby, I was born this way
Ooh, there ain’t no other way, baby, I was born this way
I’m on the right track, baby, I was born this way

Don’t be drag, just be a queen
Whether you’re broke or evergreen
You’re black, white, beige, chola descent
You’re Lebanese, you’re orient

Whether life’s disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
‘Cause baby, you were born this way

No matter gay, straight or bi
Lesbian, transgendered life
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born to survive

No matter black, white or beige
Chola or orient made
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born to be brave

I’m beautiful in my way
‘Cause God makes no mistakes
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way

Don’t hide yourself in regret,
Just love yourself and you’re set
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way, yeah

Ooh, there ain’t no other way, baby, I was born this way
Baby, I was born this way
Ooh, there ain’t no other way, baby, I was born this way
I’m on the right track, baby, I was born this way
I was born this way, hey
I was born this way, hey
I’m on the right track, baby, I was born this way, hey

I was born this way, hey
I was born this way, hey
I’m on the right track, baby, I was born this way, hey

I, as a Christian, cannot agree with the premise of this song.  So, by definition, I cannot condone the premise of the Born This Way Foundation.  My fear is that the tolerance that the foundation asks for will not be extended to me.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m really not expecting them to tolerate me, or any Christian who dares to disagree.  When you look at it from a Biblical perspective, the way we are all born is into sin.  David, in Psalm 51:5 says, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”  Paul, in Romans 3:10-18 says,    

as it is written:
    “None is righteous, no, not one;
        no one understands;
        no one seeks for God.
    All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
        no one does good,
        not even one.”
    “Their throat is an open grave;
        they use their tongues to deceive.”
    “The venom of asps is under their lips.”
        “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
    “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
        in their paths are ruin and misery,
    and the way of peace they have not known.”
        “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

What I am seeing is a huge fraction beginning to take shape that is going to cause a huge disagreement between those who hold to the ideals of Lady Gaga and those who hold to the ideals of Biblical Christianity (yes, I am setting myself up for some huge pushback on this issue).  My contention is that those who hold to the view of tolerance based on the ideology of the Born This Way Foundation, will not be consistent in their beliefs when it comes to those who disagree with them.  Now, for my part, I do not agree with them.  But, I do not think that I have the right to disagree in a violent way.  I would just say that my view is based on what the Bible states.  I do not think, again, based on the Bible, that the lifestyle advocated by the song lyrics above is what God intended, even though the song makes reference to the fact that “God makes no mistakes.”  I agree!  My view is that instead of exegesis of Scripture happening, there is an eisegesis taking place.  This is not surprising to me and should not be to anyone who calls on the name of Christ.  It also should not come as a surprise at the “militancy” that will follow in the years to come.  It is already taking place within the LGBT movement.  Not long ago, Douglas Wilson was giving a lecture at Indiana University on morality and sexuality and was interrupted by a very hostile crowd who did not agree with him (read/watch more here). 

While I have not read the book but only reviews of it, Donald Carson, in his book The Intolerance of Tolerance hints at my point in this post.  Tim Challies, in his review of the book writes, “Tolerance rules today with one important caveat. There can be no tolerance for people who do not agree with the contemporary usage of the term. People like Christians, for example. Those who hold to the old meaning, that I will tolerate you even though I believe that you are wrong, sinful even—there can be no tolerance for people like that. Hence this new tolerance is inherently intolerant.”  I believe that it does not bode well for those who hold to a high view of Scripture and the sovereignty of God.  But, I am also confident that this is not something that is necessarily bad for the Church.  I’m not advocating militancy, so please do not read that into this post, I just believe it is time for The Church to stand up for something.  Either the Word of God is true, or we are wasting our time.  I believe the Word of God is True!

Thoughts, Comments, Cares, Concerns?  I’d love to know what you think, good, bad, agree or disagree.

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