February 5, 2012: “The Gosp Accd 2 Lady Gaga – Born This Way”

Posted on : Feb 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

The journey by which we discover God is also the journey by which we discover, or uncover, our true self hidden in God.

It is a journey that we all have to make.

~ Esther de Waal from Living with Contradiction

For Reflection:

Who is more authentic in speaking truth and proclaiming the Gospel today:  the Church or Lady Gaga?

As we suffer through the “traditional dysfunctional family values” culture war that is now part of the Republican primary debates, and as the Presbyterian Church sticks its head in the sand trying to find yet another way to keep gay and lesbian persons at the margins, if not excluded, and as state after state wrestles with equal marriage rights, it is not getting better for everyone.  Child after child, kid after kid keeps getting bullied and beaten up at school for being different.  How many more glbt kids have to commit suicide before our country shouts in unison: “Enough!”

Sadly, throughout history, the indiscriminate intolerance in our country around issues of gender, race and sexual orientation all have been “fueled” by bad Christian theology. Of late there is a very unexpected voice (a transgender version of John the Baptist maybe?) proclaiming the gospel.  It’s the rock superstar Lady Gaga.

In a venue that 99% of Christians would never enter, Lady Gaga is preaching what the church should be saying.  Ironically, this iconic mix of Michael Jackson and Madonna is not only a sensational performer but she has become an Evangelist – as in, one who proclaims the good news of the Gospel.  And low and behold, her “roots” come out of a deeply Christian family.  She not only proclaims the gospel, she lives it.  Check out this story:

Lady Gaga starts foundation to fight bullying, empower youth

November 02, 2011|By the CNN Wire Staff

In September, Lady Gaga said she was aiming to make bullying illegal after the suicide of bullied teen Jamey Rodemeyer.

Pop star Lady Gaga stepped up her battle against bullying Wednesday, (Nov. 2, 2011) announcing the creation of a new foundation aimed at empowering youth.

In a statement, Lady Gaga called the Born This Way Foundation a “passion project” that she will direct with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta.

“Together we hope to establish a standard of bravery and kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment,” Lady Gaga said.

The non-profit charity — named for a hit Lady Gaga song — will support programs and initiatives that empower youth, a statement announcing the foundation said, “by addressing issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development and will utilize digital mobilization as one of the means to create positive change.”

She knows her Bible and she knows how to tell the truth.  Look at the similarities between Psalm 8 and the text of “Born this Way:”

“Who are we that you should care for us?   Yet You O God, have made us barely less than yourself, and crowned us with glory and honor.  Psalm 8

“I’m beautiful in my way

‘Cause God makes no mistakes

I’m on the right track, baby

I was born this way”

Lady Gaga

Now is the time to move beyond dysfunctional family values and fake faith.  It’s time for all to stand up and proclaim the Gospel of God’s love.  “I’m on the right track, baby, I was born this way!”

More on Sunday!   And feel free to forward this to anyone who might not have heard Lady Gaga preached in a church!

Blessings,

Dan

~ This Sunday’s Scriptures ~

Genesis 1

God creates humanity in God’s image and after God’s likeness

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light!” and there was light.

And God said “Let the earth bring forth living creatures.”  And it was so.

Then God said, “Let us make humanity in our image, after our likeness.”  So God created humanity in God’s image.  And God blessed them.

And God saw everything that God had made, and behold it was VERY GOOD.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the hosts of them.  And on the seventh day God rested.  So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work which God had done in creation.

 

Psalm 8

O God, our God, how majestic is your Name in all the earth!

You have placed your glory above the heavens!

From the lips of infants and children

you bring forth words of power and praise,

to answer your adversaries

and to silence the hostile and vengeful.

When I behold your heavens,

the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars which you set in place –

what is humanity that you should be mindful of us?

Who are we that you should care for us?

You who have made us barely less than yourself, O God,

and crowed us with your glory and honor.

You have made us responsible for the works of your hands,

putting all things at our feet –

all sheep and oxen, yes, even the beasts of the field,

the birds of the air, the fish of the sea

and whatever swims the paths of the seas.

O God, our God, how majestic is your Name in all the earth!

 

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