Celine Dion helps us understand Romans 1:25. “For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”
That’s hard for me to admit because I love her music, but “my heart will go on,” and I hope yours will too.
A few years ago, in an interview with The Star, she shared her beliefs about God. She said, “To believe in yourself is to believe in God. For me, God is life itself, the birds, the air, the sunrise and the sunset, the children. Yes, that is where I find God. Not in a church.”
Later in the interview, she continued, “If you can find energy in a rock your children gave you, that can become the most precious thing in your life. I have boxes of dead leaves, branches, flowers that they brought to me. That’s my God. That’s my religion.”
God has always forbidden people from confusing the created with the Creator. “Beware not to lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, and be drawn away and worship them and serve them.” (Deuteronomy 4:19). Verses like this seem so primitive, yet Celine Dion is a modern example of calling creation “God.”
I want to be careful not to bash Celine. That wouldn’t reflect “the power of love.” I wouldn’t insult her even “if you asked me to.”
But beliefs have consequences! The sun, moon, and stars don’t tell us what to do. Dead leaves, branches, and flowers provide no moral guidance or correction when we do wrong. And self has no idea what self is doing. “I know, O LORD, that a man’s way is not in himself, nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.” (Jeremiah 10:23).
We must remember who we are and who we aren’t. We are the created, not the Creator.
In Romans 1, confusing the created with the Creator was catastrophic! They became “futile in their speculations, their foolish heart was darkened, professing to be wise, they became fools…“God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural.” (1:21-22b, 26).
Without God, they had no moral compass! They didn’t know where true north was, so they lived by their own thoughts and feelings which led to corruption.
Fast forward to 2018. Celine Dion’s beliefs have consequences. Since she confused the Creator with the created, she created corruption. It’s a fashion line called Celinununu, featuring gender-neutral clothing for babies, toddlers and young kids.
In the official commercial, Celine walks into a hospital nursery between rows of pink-pajama’d girls on one side and blue-pajama’d boys on the other and blows her magic black glitter on them, transforming their pj’s to black, white, and grey.
Celinununu also removes traditional pictures of toy trucks or barbies on shirts; now it’s just black and white stars, letters of the alphabet, skulls, or messages like “New Order.”
Celine says, “It’s about allowing the children to find their own true essence. It’s about giving kids the freedom to find their own identities by liberating them from gender stereotypes.”
To be fair, I’m fine with defending against “gender stereotypes” like boys wearing blue and girls wearing pink. I love rocking my pink tie! Some gender stereotypes are clearly imposed on us by society.
The problem is Celine, along with many in today’s society, believe gender itself is a stereotype imposed by society. Her clothing line offers kids the freedom not to be labeled male or female simply based on their anatomy. She’s pushing the agenda to separate gender from biological sex.
Aside from the scientific and social absurdity of separating gender from sex, Genesis 2:27 says, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Our Creator made two genders. When we confuse the Creator with the created, the created becomes the Creator and we create corruption.
Without God, we can make up whatever we want! There is no objective moral standard, so if I feel like being a woman even though I’m a man, so what? By replacing God with dead leaves and herself, Celine has exchanged the natural for the unnatural, even in children!
Celine’s clothing line shows us “a new day has come” where people don’t “think twice” about denying biological facts. I wish it weren’t so, but “that’s the way it is.”
What’s the lesson here?
We must remember who we are and who we aren’t. We are the created, not the Creator. He calls the shots, we don’t. When we confuse the two, we only create chaos and corruption — even for our own children.