Demi Lovato’s shifting “preferred pronouns” is the product of the idolization of self above all else.
The “I Love Me” singer has gone on quite the journey.
In May 2021, she claimed she was “nonbinary,” meaning she identified as neither female nor male and would be using “they” and “them” as her “preferred pronouns.”
Now, though, Lovato is singing a different tune.
In a new interview on the “Spout” podcast, she said she has reverted to using “she” and “her” pronouns, which align with her biology as a female. So why did she shift? Lovato said she is a “fluid person” and no longer feels the balance between “masculine and feminine energy” she did last year.
“When I was faced with the choice of walking into a bathroom and it said ‘women’ and ‘men,’ I didn’t feel like there was a bathroom for me because I didn’t feel necessarily like a woman,” she recalled.
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Lovato explained she’s now feeling more predominantly feminine and will use pronouns that correlate with those feelings.
It would be easy to just laugh this one off — and understandably so — but really, it is indicative of the sin nature within each person, a desire to chart our own courses, to idolize the self, and to follow cultural fads and current feelings rather than submitting to the absolute truth of God’s design.
For Christians, this is a good reminder of what the Prophet Jeremiah so succinctly stated in the Old Testament: “The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable — who can understand it?”
The root of human sinfulness is pride, a belief that we know what’s best, that our feelings are our right and proper guides, and that it is us — not God — who determines our respective destinies. This is a sinful inclination as old as creation itself.
In the Garden of Eden, the serpent tempted Eve by telling her, “God knows that, when you eat [the fruit of the tree], your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Since the beginning of human existence, we have been drawn like moths to a flame to the lie we are our own lords.
How exhausting it is to become subject to our feelings that shift and change constantly.
Christians ought to find comfort in these profound truths: the one true God is patient with us in our weakness and sin and is — unlike our feelings — never changing or shifting.
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” — 2 Peter 3:9 (ESV)
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” — Hebrews 13:8 (ESV)
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