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Lady Gaga’s Viral Instagram Response Reveals a Surprising Truth About “Christian Celebrities”

As many of you have probably noticed, it’s become quite the trend these days for celebrities to publicize their faith on social media. Whether it be through a Tweet shoutout to God or a Facebook status featuring a favorite Bible verse, it seems it’s officially become the “cool thing” to do. Sometimes it’s tough to differentiate between who’s doing it for God’s glory and who’s doing it for their own, but perhaps there’s a more important thing for us to consider: Is that really our job?

In a recent article posted by Catholic Link, one author decided to offer a little insight on these “Christian celebrities.”

The piece is titled “From Lady Gaga to Steph Curry: 5 Things to Remember When Celebrities Share Their Faith,” and it elaborates on the various ways in which celebrities share their faith through the media.

Their list of examples led with this recent Instagram post of Lady Gaga with her priest:

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And their final example, a video of Steph Curry, was shared along with these words: “Stephen is a Christian (seriously) and has more than once shared about his faith. The video below offers a great testimony.”

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Though there were no particular slams at Lady Gaga, the contrast of the two famous figures was not so subtle. When Gaga came across the article, she posted a comment that Catholic Link (or the rest of us) probably didn’t see coming, but it’s well worth the read.

Along with the screenshot of the article, she penned this thought-provoking response:

Dear, Becky Roach Mary Magdalene washed the feet of Christ and was protected and loved by him. A prostitute. Someone society shames as if she and her body are a man’s trash can. He loved her and did not judge. He let her cry over him and dry his feet with the hair of a harlot. We are not just “celebrities” we are humans and sinners, children, and our lives are not void of values because we struggle. We are as equally forgiven as our neighbor. God is never a trend no matter who the believer.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit, I didn’t think I’d ever catch myself quoting Lady Gaga, but she has a pretty striking point with a valuable lesson for us all. Gaga may not be a biblically sound scholar or a perfect Christ follower, but she is undeniably one thing: human. As it goes for us all.

As the Christian Post pointed out, she has been known for her provocative roles but has pronounced a connection to the Catholic faith. In an interview with Larry King, she mentioned that she considers herself religious though she has had issues with the church in the past. Gaga said, “I am very religious. I was raised Catholic. I believe in Jesus. I believe in God.”

LOS ANGELES - SEP 12: Lady Gaga arrives at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia - LA Live on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA

In one sense, it’s easy for us to put celebrities up on a pedestal with the Gospel according to Justin Bieber or Steph Curry or Lady Gaga. In another, it’s commonplace for us to slam a celeb for quoting a scripture on Instagram one moment and then binge-drinking in public the next—but neither extreme falls in line with the pursuit of Christ.

The number of times somebody posts a picture with a priest does not necessarily dictate their position of faith any more than the number of times we see them plastered in the tabloids doing something infinitely stupid. Of course, there’s something to be said of faith bearing fruit in our actions, but the truth is, we’re all guilty. Sinner or saint. Our lives just so happen to go under the radar while their dirty laundry is put on display.

Catholic Link was quick to respond to Lady Gaga’s post in a way that encouraged healthy conversation on the matter, calling her comment “one of the most touching” they have ever read. They wrote:

Dear @ladygaga, your screen shot was one part of the article which was not aimed at judging you, rather it was an effort to help Catholics to have a balanced and positive view of when celebrities publicly share their faith. It was an invitation to value the hunger of God that exists in the world of the famous. It was a reminder to not forget that they, like us, are fragile and that we should not judge, rather pray for them. This said, what you wrote is absolutely beautiful. It is one of the most touching comments we have ever read. Know that we will be praying that experience of God’s mercy continues to grow and bear fruits for you, for the people that you love, and all of your followers.

I think there are two important take-home points that we can gather from this incident and the world of Christian celebrities overall. First of all, if a celeb worships God, we are not to worship the ground they walk on. But likewise, if we perceive them as being hypocritical in their faith, maybe they’re not truly saved—or maybe they’re sinners stumbling through this Christ walk just like the rest of us. The point is, we don’t truly know. So let’s leave the righteous judgment to God and get our focus back where it belongs: Jesus.

He isn’t just the next “cool thing.” He’s the only thing, regardless of who else is following … or in the words of Gaga, “God is never a trend no matter who the believer.”

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