Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Lady Gaga and Jesus

In honor of Lady Gaga's amazing Super Bowl halftime show this week, I wanted to share an old post from Richard Beck's blog: "The Gospel According to Lady Gaga."

Dr. Beck is never short on interesting, fresh perspectives, and this piece is no exception. He uses the lyrics of one of Gaga's songs to highlight her "passionate engagement with the "little monsters" of society, her attempt to welcome them and show them warmth, understanding, and respect." Beck describes how her music and her community of fans has been a source of comfort and strength to outcasts, people like 14 year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, a bisexual boy from New York who took his own life after years of bullying at school.
And in this, I can't help but wonder if Lady Gaga isn't shaming the church. Because here's the deal. If kids like Jamey aren't being welcomed by churches or by their schools where are they supposed to go?
 You can check out the whole post over at Experimental Theology.

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