When you hear the name “diva”, what comes to mind? Demanding celebrities? Self-obsession? Unbecoming behavior?
According to Wikipedia, the term entered the English Language in the late 19th century and is from the Italian noun diva, a female deity. UrbanDictionary.com has some unflattering definitions (that I won’t link to due to foul language, which I’ve omitted) that include:
1. A female hustler.
2. A (expletive) woman that must have her way exactly, or no way at all. Often rude and belittles people, believes that everyone is beneath her and thinks that she is so much more loved than what she really is. Selfish, spoiled, and overly dramatic.
3. A diva is a female performer, usually an opera singer, who is extremely talented but very imperious and temperamental. But the distinguishing factor is that her talent permits somewhat uncouth behavior. A diva is not necessarily difficult to work with, she is just very professional and has a low tolerance for incompetence.
In the occult, a diva is a witch.
It’s not surprising in this celebrity-obsessed culture, saturated with self-entitlement, that those of the world would take pride in being described in these ways; however, that Christian women would willingly clothe themselves with this title of “goddess” and run after narcissistic identity are disappointing. This google search of Christian divas shows how popular this epidemic is.
Within the Christian arena of over-spiritualizing, waiting for God to talk to us personally, for God to talk to us personally, and personalizing God’s Word to change your life, this egomania is just one pathosis (a diseased state) along the slippery slope to proclaiming one’s own status as God.
This diva disease is not biblical. Can you imagine Mary or Ruth calling themselves divas?
Let’s stop glorifying the reflection in the mirror, and let’s rather reflect upon who God says we are:
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
Soli Deo Gloria,