God vs. Lady Gaga
It’s not exactly front page news that pop stars like Lady Gaga are first-class self-promoters. Their number one goal is to promote themselves—a lot—in order to become rich and famous. Many are understandably annoyed by such blatant displays for self-centeredness and arrogance. Lady Gaga is hardly alone. Just survey the landscape, examples abound: Donald Trump, the Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber . . . and dare I say, you and me.
Now, here’s where things get interesting; many people have accused God of being self-centered and a narcissist as well. Here’s why: since the story of the Bible is God’s promise to become famous, it seems He is a tad bit self-absorbed. After all, it would be wrong for a human being to say “My ultimate goal is to become famous and be worshiped by everyone else.” But this is exactly what God says in the Bible. What’s up?!
The simple answer: God is God and can do whatever He wants. Now before you get to cynical, let me add two caveats that make God’s pursuit of fame and worship much different than, say, Lady Gaga’s or yours and mine. 1) God is good according to the Bible. This means that He is perfectly holy and righteous. His desire to become famous among all peoples is not centered in a selfish gene. 2) God is ultimate in the universe; therefore, it is right to worship Him. In fact, it is right for God to worship Himself. If God were to worship anything else other than God, He would be an idolater. God must be God-centered. This is admittedly a little hard to swallow for most Americans, but it is biblical nonetheless. So is God a narcissist? Yes . . . in the best sense of the term. He is God-centered for the sake of His glory and the salvation of His elect among the nations. What a message of hope and joy for all who repent and believe.
by Jay Childs, Future Senior Pastor