Taylor Swift: I’m the only one of ‘ME!’


Taylor Swift is back in an explosion of sugary, Poppins-in-Paris goodness. (You’ll see what I mean when you watch the video).

Her latest single ME! is ‘about embracing your individuality.’ And if that sounds like a critique, let me go on record: there’s a lot to be said for Taylor’s theology.

The fun of me

Unlike much of the entertainment industry which expects its stars to become clones, Swift sings:

I'm the only one of me
Baby, that's the fun of me
You're the only one of you
Baby, that's the fun of you

It’s a modern paraphrase of King David’s chart-topping song: ‘For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.’ (Psalm 139:13)

In his goodness, God made us all unique. There’s only one of you. And that’s the fun of you. God took his cosmic potter’s wheel and made one-of-a-kind.

In this, Swift’s bang on. But it’s messier than that.

The pride of me

Hiding behind her unintended theology is sin, and Satan’s lie to us all: You will be like God (Genesis 3:5).

Baby doll, when it comes to a lover
I promise that you'll never find another like… me!

It’s pretty bold. But we are pretty bold in our worship of self (2 Timothy 3:2). Whether it’s our swollen self-perception in romance, or our primary concern for number one, we’re all about… me!

ME!’s message is this: I’m unique, to the praise of my glory.

The praise of God

But Christians know that any glory we have is a result of being made in God’s image. And this leads to a very different response:

‘I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.’ Psalm 139:14

King David’s response to being one-of-a-kind is this: I’m unique, to the praise of God’s glory.

Surely ours should be the same.