Why I’m praying for Lady Gaga

By Brian Sussman

There are several people in the entertainment industry I pray for regularly. One of them is Lady Gaga, aka, Stephani Germanotta.

Stephani is an amazing talent and certainly one of the greatest vocalists of her generation. I once saw an old video of her performing in a small club, while attending New York University. Amazing. She had everyone in the house wrapped around her little finger. Anyone who saw one of those club dates witnessed greatness in the making.

As for her spiritual side, I know she was raised a Catholic. She has also stated she’s a Christian. However, being a Catholic (or a Baptist, or Lutheran, etc.) hardly makes one a Christian, any more than being a librarian makes one a book.

But, who knows, maybe Lady Gaga does believe that Jesus is exclusively, “the way, truth, and life,” just as He said in the Gospel of John, chapter 14, verse 6.

If that’s true, then my prayer is that she will take it to the next level and surrender to His Lordship and leadership.

Where am I going with this?

This past weekend, Lady Gaga slammed Vice President Mike Pence as the worst example of a man of faith for supporting his wife’s decision to work at a Christian school that doesn’t endorse homosexual behavior.

“To Mike Pence, who thinks it’s acceptable that his wife works at a school that bans LGBTQ: You are wrong,” Gaga said in a recording, shared on Twitter, from her performance at the Park MGM in Las Vegas. “You said you should not discriminate against Christianity. You are 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.”

Interesting that her fiery comments are the ones that sound discriminatory, prejudiced and hardly friendly. You might even say there’s a tinge of hatred in her remarks.

Here is the unabashed, biblical Truth: God loves lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and queers. He also loves those who engage in premarital sex, adulterers, perverts and pedophiles. He loves them all, so much that He came to this planet in the form of a human, to die a wretched death as atonement for our sins. If we believe and abide in Him, He promises to transform us to be more like Him.

Perhaps as a Catholic, “Lady Gaga” would be interested in what the man her church refers to as “Saint Peter” has to say about such transformation:

Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:13-16).

Sex of any kind, except that between a married man and a woman, is unholy. Indeed, the Bible says, “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral” (Hebrews 13:4).

God desires His people be obedient to His Word, as expressed in the Bible, because the Scriptures illustrate the character of God.

And God’s power is able to change our sexual behavior and passions.

I’ve seen this power represented amongst several of my own friends who were once gay – and now are happily married to women. A young lady in a new-believers Bible study my wife and I lead was once a lesbian and is now married to a man, and together they have a child.

If God has somehow changed His opinion on sexual relations over the centuries, then might He owe an apology to the former cities of Sodom and Gomorrah?

Jesus says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

When you sincerely make Him Lord, He will bring about as much transformation as you will let Him.

I’m praying for you, Stephani.

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