Lady Gaga, in a Las Vegas concert held over the weekend, went on a bit of a tantrum against this White House, dropping the f-bomb at the president for the partial government shutdown and then, somewhat curiously, calling out the vice president as “the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian” because of his and his wife’s views of LGBTQ issues.
I say somewhat curiously because A) Gaga also said on stage, “I am a Christian woman” and B) the headline from her concert just a couple days earlier was this, hat tip TMZ: “Lady Gaga Probed and Prodded in Vegas … But Keeps On Rocking’!!!”
And by probed and prodded, we’re not talking figuratively. We’re not talking investigatory.
We’re talking this, TMZ wrote: “Lady Gaga’s definitely bringing the shock factor to her new show in Las Vegas. The ‘Star is Born’ actress is back to her bread and butter … singing on the stage for her residency show, Enigma, at MGM’s Park Theater. Based on this video from Thursday night, the show’s name is on point — it’s really hard to tell exactly what’s going on here. Gaga’s dancers — dressed in some spacey costumes — circled her and probed her with a long pointy object. Think supersized sex toy. Anyway, they used it all over her body as she sang ‘Aura’ and convulsed, gyrated and screamed.”
Christians, heads up: The video may offend.
But then again — maybe not.
Lady Gaga, after all, is Christian herself and being Christian herself, probably wouldn’t do anything to cast doubt on that Christianity.
She certainly wouldn’t do as Karen Pence has done and teach at a conservative Bible school in Springfield, Virginia, that — gasp! — maintains boys are boys and girls are girls, as ordained by God, and that transgenderism is a tool of the devil.
“I am a Christian woman and what I do know about Christianity is that we bear no prejudice and everybody is welcome,” she said, Mediaite reported, of her weekend concert. “So you can take all that disgrace, Mr. Pence, and look yourself in the mirror and you’ll find it right there.”
And then she slammed the “f—ing president of the United States.”
This is not a commentary questioning Lady Gaga’s Christian views.
But the train does lead here, just the same: As Matthew 7:21-23 reminds, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord.’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”
It’d be great if everybody went to heaven. But it’s just not honest or even kind to say that’s true.
• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter, @ckchumley.
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