November 30, 2010
This week, I took one of my occasional virtual tours of the musical performers that young people follow on Facebook. Among those performers who young people follow is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta -- better known as Lady Gaga.
I first heard of Lady Gaga two years ago when I overheard teenagers speaking Italian at a local mall. I was marveling at the beauty of their language when I heard them say just two words that were recognizable to me: "Lady Gaga." Clearly, Germanotta's influence had already started to spread around the world.
According to Wikipedia, as of August 2010, Germanotta has sold more than 15 million albums and 51 million singles worldwide. Time magazine and Forbes included Germanotta in their annual lists of the 100 most influential people in the world. Forbes also placed her at number seven on their annual list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women.
It’s no surprise that our young people are being influenced by this performer. Still, it should be a concern that some who profess to be followers of Christ are among the nearly 30 Million who identify themselves as fans of Lady Gaga.
So, what does it mean to be a fan of Lady Gaga?
1. First, professing to be a fan of Lady Gaga means that you are choosing to identify with the themes of her music. Her musical offering is a mix of contemporary pop and dance music that emphasize themes now typical of those genres, including: immodesty, vanity, sexual promiscuity, rebellion and profanity.
Beautiful, dirty, rich is a relatively mild Lady Gaga song that celebrates vanity and "dirty" living:
Beautiful, dirty dirty, rich rich, dirty dirty |
Beautiful, dirty, rich |
Dirty dirty, rich, dirty dirty, rich, beautiful |
Beautiful and dirty, dirty rich, rich dirty |
We got a red light |
Pornographic dance fight |
Systematic, honey |
But we got no money.
Dance in the Dark is a tribute song that celebrates a variety of pop figures – and encourages listeners to both “find freedom (apparently from externally-imposed standards) in the music” and to find “your Jesus.”
Find your freedom in the music |
Find your Jesus, find your Kubrick |
You will never fall apart, Diana |
You’re still in our hearts |
Never let you fall apart |
Together we’ll dance in the dark:
Lady Gaga fans should be reminded that Jesus is neither a pop figure nor a God who varies in His character, attributes or deity. There is no “your Jesus.” There is only the Jesus of the Bible. Lady Gaga fans would also do well to consider the truth that true freedom is found only in the true Christ. In 2 Corinthians 3:17, Paul writes, "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." And in Galatians 5:13, he implores us to, "use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
Born this Way is a new Lady Gaga song that both uses the “F-word” and encourages listeners to accept and celebrate the inclinations of their sin nature:
I'm beautiful in my way |
Cause God makes no mistakes |
I'm on the right track, |
baby I was born this way.
While it’s true that “God makes no mistakes,” Jesus died on the cross because we have made the mistake of sinning against our perfectly righteous, holy Creator. We are not called to accept ourselves as we were born. Rather, in John 3:7, we are called by Christ to "be born again." We're called to be made new creatures in Christ! In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul writes, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
2. Professing to be a fan of Lady Gaga also means that you are choosing to identify with a pop figure who both endorses the homosexual agenda and who has identified herself as a bi-sexual. In fact, she has attributed much of her success to the support of the so-called GLBT (Gay, Lebian, Bi-sexual & Transsexual) community.
The Wikipedia entry for Lady Gaga describes her strong endorsement of homosexuality:
Gaga attributes much of her early success as a mainstream artist to her gay fans and is considered to be a rising gay icon. Early in her career she had difficulty getting radio airplay, and stated, "The turning point for me was the gay community. I've got so many gay fans and they're so loyal to me and they really lifted me up. They'll always stand by me and I'll always stand by them. It's not an easy thing to create a fanbase. She thanked FlyLife, a Manhattan-based LGBT marketing company with whom her label Interscope works, in the liner notes of The Fame, saying, "I love you so much. You were the first heartbeat in this project, and your support and brilliance means the world to me. I will always fight for the gay community hand in hand with this incredible team.”
Lady Gaga fan should be reminded that the LORD calls homosexuality sin. In Leviticus 18:22, God calls homosexuality an “abomination.” There, the Bible says, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Paul writes, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
We must encourage our young people to take a Biblical stand against the GLBT agenda – while, at the same time, encouraging them to lovingly reach this community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
3. Professing to be a fan of Lady Gaga is to identify with her propensity to use nudity in her performances. Germanotta often performs with almost no clothing at all. In doing so, she’s encouraging both immodesty and lust for sinful physical relationships. Bible-believing Christians should be reminded that the Bible defines even a bare thigh as nudity. In Exodus 28:42, Moses was commanded to cover the thighs of Aaron and his sons, the first priests of the Tabernacle. "Make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness," commanded the LORD. "From the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach." Young people would do well to re-capture the LORD's definition of immodesty - and to turn away from those who shamelessly promote dress standards that fall unthinkably short of God's basic standard.
So, should professed Christians also profess to be fans of Lady Gaga? No. To do so is to align oneself with a performer who is promoting a decidedly anti-Christ agenda that includes: homosexuality, profanity, vanity, rebellion, sexual promiscuity, and abhorrent immodesty. Further, professing to be a fan of Lady Gaga is to align oneself with a performer who shamefully invokes the names of Jesus and "God" to support her exaltation of sin.
Parents, please be reminded that the LORD commands us to warn our children of the His judgment of sin. In Joel 1:3, the prophet calls us to "Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation." I encourage you to remind our children that the Lord Jesus Christ “gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works (Titus 2:14). And I encourage you to remind them that believers are a “chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light (1 Peter 2:9).
Pray for Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. And pray that our young people will find strength in Christ to turn away from Germanotta's influence.