You may know Ariana Grande for popular songs, “Dangerous Woman, “Break Free,” “FOCUS,” or for her countless appearances on SNL. Her single, “God is A Woman” deserves EXTREME caution.
The single “God Is A Woman,” is making headlines across the country. Within two weeks of its release, the song has already streamed 70 million times on Spotify, and sadly, will only go up from there.
Part of suggestive lyrics read, “You love it how I touch you. My one, when all is said and done, you believe God is a woman….” In traditional pop-music fashion, the song is catchy and fans and radios listeners across the country are already singing it, but, there are some obvious issues with Grande’s statement that God is a woman.
Grande is on the cover of August’s ELLE Magazine with a headline reading the same as her song, “GOD IS A WOMAN,” in all caps. As Grande’s song makes its way through the pop culture conversation, it is important that we be mindful it preaches false doctrine.
In her music video, Grande appears nude with only minor suggestive “artistic” coverings. Grande’s background dancers also appear nude with strategically placed soap suds. The video, which was released mid-July takes place in space as Grande straddles planet Earth while moving the clouds with her own hand. Additionally, she appears in the flame of a lit candle, floating in a multi-colored lake barely covering any of her private parts.
At one point, a larger-than-life Grande watches as men, who appear beneath her, shout profanities at her as she brushes them off. She also appears pregnant in a portion of the video, communicating the power of child-bearing “mother earth….”
The song and music video showcase explicit blasphemy. There is a scene in the music video where Grande holds a giant hammer while wearing a helmet with kitten ears (one of her signature looks) as she states, “And, I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my sisters, and you will know my name is the lord, when I lay my vengeance upon you…”, which is a changed reading of Ezekiel 25:17 that Quentin Tarantino’s PULP FICTION also used. The passage, however, is describing God’s judgment on the Gentile nations, specifically Philistia. So obviously, Grande takes the verse out of its context to fit her own needs. Grande also called in pop-culture symbol Madonna to voice the speech that plays in the video. Grande no doubt wants to gain traction by calling in experience girl-power icons.
Even more disturbing, the scene continues as Grande stands in between two spread female legs that tower over her frame. The private parts of this woman are obscured by light that alludes perhaps to the ability that God gives life.
The last 30 seconds of the song chant, “God is a woman!” with a chorus of female background singers. The last image in the music video shows Grande’s rendition of the Sistine Chapel piece “Creation of Adam.” Here, Grande and another nude woman mimic the creation story by posing as the subjects of the portrait.
Grande is known as a feminist, but sadly, by liking the feminist conversation to God’s gender, Grande only fuels the fire of confusion.
“God Is A Woman” is one of many songs that try to empower women to feel pride in their gender. For instance, Cher’s “Woman’s World,” and “If I Were a Boy” by Beyoncé, also try to show that women need to be strong and society puts different pressures on women. It’s not wrong for women to feel proud of being women, but that isn’t the message that Grande communicates. Instead, Grande is actually suggesting the idea that God is a woman and a perverted idea of goddess worship that is contrary to biblical teaching…. Sorry Ariana, this song is provocative and misguided.
Despite Grande’s claims, God created gender. In Genesis, we see that God made man and woman. Because of this, God’s understanding of gender goes further than humans can even comprehend. So, proclaiming that God is a woman actually debases how God is larger than gender. You may call Him Dad, Father, Abba, or some variation as described in Scripture. Whether one likes it or not, God refers to Himself in masculine terms.
In her interview with ELLE Grande said: “The planets, the stars, there’s nothing more humbling than that sh**. We get so stressed about little things when, in the big picture, we’re just a speck of dust on this tiny planet in this enormous solar system that is also a speck in a huge, mysterious black hole situation, and we don’t even know what it is!” She takes a breath. “Thinking about how small we are, it’s crazy. We are nothing.”
While we can appreciate her recognition that the world is vastly full of wonders, her worldview is riddled with transcendental paganism, as is her music video portraying her as a “goddess”. As with all artists, Grande’s worldview spills over to her music and in this case, it’s completely twisted. Grande’s rendition of God seems to be a culmination of her own beliefs about the universe.
Grande currently ranks as the third most followed Instagram user with over 121 million followers. With such a large social media platform Grande doesn’t seem to mind the controversy of her work or comments; “Not everyone is going to agree with you, but that doesn’t mean I’m just going to shut up and sing my songs. I’m also going to be a human being who cares about other human beings.”
Grande’s new album, Sweetner, will release on August 17th.
This won’t be the first or last time we see God misrepresented, but truthfully, we’ve had enough.
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