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