Can Beyoncè walk on water?
I walk on water
But I ain't no Jesus
I walk on water
But only when it freezes
(The opening lines Beyoncè sings from the recently released single 'Walk on Water' by Eminem.)
Walk on Water came up on Spotify and I decided it was time to tap into the sixteen-year-old version of me, the version that loved dido's hook at the start of Eminem's critically acclaimed hit 'Stan.' With the promise of Beyoncè taking me down memory lane with the click of a button I was already excited, (I love memory lane,) but it was her confession that she 'ain't no Jesus' that really locked me in.
Stan was described by Rolling Stone "as a poignant commentary on the destructive power of fame..." and Eminem's latest work seems to be attacking the same issue from a different angle. It explores the delicate relationship between personal expectations and failure and could be considered a tell-most tale about his sources for value and worth as a professional.
Intrigued I listened to Eminem spit lines, and as he rattled off objections to the way he is being regarded, I noticed his personal battle between authenticity and the ego.
If I walked on water, I would drown
'Cause I'm just a man,
His authenticity is busy masquerading as a frontman, trying to subdue his ego which sits patiently under the surface of the calculated script until the very end where it breaks through to have the last word.
but as long as I got a mic I'm godlike
So me and you are not alike
With that finish ringing in my ears I started to wonder about the importance of how I regard other people and how I'm regarded by others (hopefully in that order.)
In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul is spitting lines and rattling off objections about this very thing (kind of.) Taking pride in what is seen (an edited projection, your ego) rather than what is in the heart (your authentic, true self.) According to Paul, in Christ, God has solved this ego problem, he's not holding anything against anybody, from his perspective we are all infinitely valuable and have an indestructible worth as we are, you have nothing you need to hide or improve. You can be defined by Jesus life and death (and life.)
And most people start there, but our first step comes earlier on in Paul's thought journey, as he tries to work out the gospel. Early on Paul gives us a vital key to help us demolish the perspective that inflates our ego's and destroys how we relate to others in the world.
...we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way.
For some viewing Christ from a human point of view might be where they are at on this journey, I'm in the "no longer in that way" camp, unfortunately, the journey doesn't get any easier because now I have to agree with the guy who can walk on water about what other peoples worth and value are. And if I'm going to be honest, he has some opinions that are just plain hard to get on board with.