Recently I went to see Lady Gaga in “A Star is Born”. The movie and her acting was enjoyable. I had never seen her before or listened to her music.
This article by Dr. Brown is right on target. The Pence’s are following the lead of Jesus on these important cultural issues. Fortunately, none of us are the Judge of things. God is and not Lady Gaga. More and more we see the atheistic left mock the followers of Jesus. This isn’t the first time for the Pence’s and won’t be the last.
Lady Gaga has spoken out once again, this time at a concert in Las Vegas. Before her adoring fans she said, “To Mike Pence, who thinks that it’s acceptable that his wife works at a school that bans LGBTQ, you’re wrong. You’re the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian.”
She continued, “I am a Christian woman, and what I do know about Christianity is that we bear no prejudice, and everybody is welcome. So you can take all that disgrace, Mr. Pence, and look yourself in the mirror and you’ll find it right there.”
Of course, she has the story about Karen Pence’s school completely wrong. It is simply holding to biblical and historic Christian standards, forbidding certain behaviors rather than certain people.
And, certainly, it’s easy to point a finger at some of Lady Gaga’s performances — especially some of her more infamous music videos — and say, “That’s not exactly Christian.”
But my intent here is not to bash. Rather, it is to clarify and to reach out.
Allow Me to Reach Out
So, Lady Gaga, on the off chance you (or one of your fans) is reading this, allow me to explain.
As far as being decent human beings, Mike and Karen Pence have a great reputation, as friends of theirs have told me.
They are not associated with any scandalous behavior — financially or sexually — and it is commendable, rather than contemptible, that the wife of the Vice President has gone back to teach at a children’s school. How common is that?
As for the Christianity of Mike and Karen Pence, in your view, it represents oppression and discrimination. In your view, it crushes the already-marginalized and tramples on the already-rejected.
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From the viewpoint of the Pences — and hundreds of millions of Christians worldwide — it represents the extraordinary love of God, the indescribable compassion of the Savior, the matchless demonstration of the Lord’s grace.
It speaks of a perfectly holy God who has the right to destroy each and everyone of us. But instead, in the person of His Son, He comes into our world and — who could imagine this? — dies for our sins. That is what we call the gospel.
In the famous words of John’s Gospel (and perhaps spoken by Jesus Himself), “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:17). Or, in the words of the angel Gabriel in Matthew’s Gospel, “You shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
And that is the point you seem to be missing, Lady Gaga.
Jesus Transforms Us
Jesus actually saves us. Changes us. Transforms us. Delivers us.
He not only reaches out to us, right where we are. He not only forgives us freely when we come to Him for mercy. But He sets us free from our sins. He changes us from the inside out — meaning, to the core of our being.
We are no longer the person we used to be. Our habits change. Our desires change. We change. Even as we struggle and fall short, we see growth and transformation.
But I quickly learned that substance abuse was not my big issue. The big issues were inside my own heart. And that is the power of the gospel.
I was a heavy drug user from the ages of 14-16, playing drums in a rock band. And I loved the life I was living. God, however, was displeased with it, making me realize my guilt and then forgiving me and changing me. But I quickly learned that substance abuse was not my big issue. The big issues were inside my own heart. And that is the power of the gospel.
You see, God’s standards remain the same.
The same when it comes to marriage being the lifelong union of one man and one woman. The same when it comes to sex being a sacred gift for married couples only. The same when it comes to a host of other moral issues.
Mike and Karen Pence are simply agreeing with God’s standards while offering mercy and hope and forgiveness to all.