Pop star religion
In an interesting piece over at the Wall Street Journal, Neil Strauss shares faith statements by Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, and Christine Aguilera (which themselves are worth reading) before coming to this conclusion:
Before they were famous, many of the biggest pop stars in the world believed that God wanted them to be famous, that this was his plan for them, just as it was his plan for the rest of us not to be famous. Conversely, many equally talented but slightly less famous musicians I’ve interviewed felt their success was accidental or undeserved—and soon after fell out of the limelight.
…Believing that God wants you to be famous actually improves your chances of being famous. Of course, from the standpoint of traditional theology, even in the Calvinistic world of predestination, God is much more concerned with the fate of an individual’s soul than his or her secular success, and one’s destiny is unknowable. So what’s helping these stars is not so much religion as belief—specifically, the belief that God favors their own personal, temporal success over that of almost everyone else.
While this certainly smacks of presumption, I wonder if it doesn’t also provide us insight.
Could it be that the creative mind, even in a fallen state, recognizes the ultimate Creator?