Kanye West and Taylor Swift are at it again.
It’s been blowing up on Twitter and Buzzfeed. Times magazine and BBC were talking about it. The infamous feud between these two will not stop. And this is just another chapter in a high school drama. Not like a play or a piece of theater, but the cool kids in class fighting and gossiping about each other kind of drama.
If you don’t know, and you would be better for not knowing, Kanye sings in his infamous song, Famous, how he is responsible for making Taylor Swift so popular, and that he can sleep with her. There are even implications that he has slept with her and likely will again.
At a certain point, I stopped trying to work out the details and lyrics of his music, because it is too high school drama for me.
But their drama keeps escalating and getting other people involved and dragging them into the mess. People are being attacked on Twitter. Snapchat videos are being used to discredit statements made in the past. It’s just a giant drama of two musicians fighting for supremacy.
All in all, it’s sad.
Sad that two adults are acting this childish. Sad that these two adults are widely considered role models for up-and-coming musicians and artists.
What is to look up to? Should people really be modeling this?
It breaks my heart. And to think that there are Christians are eager to be like them.
I think of what Paul said in his letter to the Thessalonians.
“…make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 NIV
Our lives are supposed to look different. They shouldn’t resemble Kanye or Taylor’s because their lives are not quiet. They are loud. They are fighting and bickering day and night. They are threatening one another. They make the music industry a circus side show.
I couldn’t imagine living in that. All the frustration, all the anxiety, and stress that you would have in your life on a regular basis; I don’t know how they survive.
That is not what the Christian life is supposed to look like, and Paul tells us what it should be like. In a word, quiet.
Our life should be one of peace and joy, not frustration and anxiety. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have hard times or we don’t get frustrated at the problems of life. But we are drumming up drama. We are picking fights with everyone in our social circles or work circles. Paul says, work and do it without all the high school drama. You don’t need the headaches.
In no way is Paul saying don’t work. Read the verse. Work with your hands. That is expected. You can’t go through life without working. But you can work and go through life without the drama, without the circus sideshow.
You can do big things. You can do small things. You can do whatever you want, whatever you are called to do for God, and do it without the drama. You don’t have to pick fights with people. You don’t have to Twitter feuds with people you may not get along with. It is totally possible. Paul believed it, so much so that he said that this was what Christian life was supposed to be like.
Quiet and filled with hard work. No drama.
Living this way, a way that Kanye West and Taylor Swift are missing out on, will gain you the respect of others. People that you don’t know, people you don’t rub shoulders with will look at you, and the work you do and admire you.
This not what is happening between West and Swift.
I can guarantee that no one is thinking of Kanye West more highly now that he has rekindled the fire of this war. No one thinks he is a better musician or artist because he is slamming her in songs or posting Snapchat videos making Swift look like she is going back on her word. He could be right. He could be wrong. It doesn’t matter. Either way, he is putting a spotlight on himself that is not flattering him, his art, or anything that he may do in the future. No one is gaining respect for Kanye.
But neither is Taylor Swift doing herself any favors. Whether she lied before or is lying now about her approval of her being mentioned in Kanye’s song, she is only making herself look worse. She looks like a double-faced woman, one that can’t make up her mind, or is playing her fans for popularity, or something.
I read in one article that some of Swift fans are simply done with her. I don’t know if that means they will never listen to her music again, but I am sure that they are all sick and tired of the drama that she and West keep diving into. Taylor Swift may be the greatest musician that ever lived, but who cares when all you heard about is the drama, and not the art?
Respect will be found when the drama is not a permanent part of our lives, when we don’t keep fanning into flame the Twitter feuds. Respect will come when people see us giving our all to our work, to our craft, rather than petty bickering back and forth with others. This is what Christians can look forward to. Respect is what our lives should be filled with, if we are living like the Bible says, and not modeling West or Swift’s lifestyle.
Brothers and sister, I encourage you, don’t model your life by these artists. Do what you can avoid the drama, and avoid making your life a circus sideshow. Work hard at what God has called you to, without stirring up trouble. When you do that, you will see people around you respecting and admiring you more.
Grace and peace be with you.
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